How To Wear Camo

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It’s not just the army that can make the most of this design and now camouflage is everywhere in fashion, with the likes of Kanye West favouring it.  This simple guide will show you how to wear camo print well.

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Whether you’re considering your first camo item or you’re a fully fledged fan of this army pattern, either way we all need some style advice every now and again. This print design can look great as long as it’s styled properly, so to get you up to speed and give you the confidence you need to rock this street-ready look, we’ve put together this guide.

Men’s Camo Jacket

If you’re unsure on how to style the print or you’re not quite sure if they’re even for you, we’d suggest you start with a camo printed jacket rather than a shirt. As outerwear, the design is a bit of a classic and less of a bold statement, making it much easier to fit into your wardrobe. There’s one issue with this design and it can happen to any one of us!

You’re out for the day, wearing your favourite camo jacket, you put it down for 1 minute, the next thing you know it’s blended into the surroundings and you never find it again. It’s a risk we all take with this iconic design but the benefits are so worth it. If you’ve lost your camouflage jacket or you’re just thinking about getting hold of one for the first time we’ve got a few examples of how to wear it well.

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Marc Goehring wearing a camouflage jacket during fashion week
PHOTO CREDIT: Speaking Of Style

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Camo Jacket and Jeans

This is a classic combination that works particularly well if you go for a darker shade of jeans. It’s also a rule you should stick to when pairing a jacket with mens camouflage trousers as it won’t look as good with lighter hues. Take a look at the outfit below to get an idea of how to do it well.

Getting this right has a lot to do with the fit. It’s the area that men can often fail but makes such a huge difference to whether or not you look good. You can be wearing the most exclusive camo jacket in existence but if it’s too big or small, you won’t look good. Once you’ve nailed this aspect, you’ll be able to get the most out of your clothing.

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Camo jackets and jeans are a match made in heaven
PHOTO CREDIT: The Idle Man

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Smart and Casual Camo Jackets

It can be a great way to finish off a smart casual outfit in an individual way. It’s never going to be appropriate for a black tie event but you can definitely incorporate a bit of camo into any smarter outfits you’re rocking this season but it can actually go really well with shades of blue and a plain white shirt. If you’re feeling the chill then try layering a quality bit of knitwear between your shirt and jacket.

Obviously styling a camo print is going to be easier in a more relaxed outfit. It’s pretty much free roam here, just make sure you haven’t got any conflicting prints going on. Oh, and as much as it might work for its denim counterparts, we really wouldn’t go for camo on camo. For a more contemporary finish go with some jogging bottoms and a classic pair of derby shoes, keeping everything else black to let the jacket be the statement.

If that isn’t your thing, you can always go for black jeans and some trainers instead. Again, we’d opt for a plain white oxford shirt for this, ultimately it’s really up to you what you wear under the jacket – just don’t go print mad.

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A man wearing a camouflage jacket, shirt and trousers 
PHOTO CREDIT: Pinterest

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Men’s Camo Trousers

This style definitely isn’t for everyone but if you can pull it off, you should be considering going for a pair of trousers with a camo print. Although it might seems like a risky idea, these can work particularly well when teamed with darker shades throughout the rest of your outfit. Printed trousers are probably going to require a bigger leap of faith from you but, again, they are easy to style. You can also be braver with the rest of your outfit and don’t have to tone down the rest of your clothing. Just get layering to avoid looking drab.

Denim Jacket and Camo Trousers

This is a combination that relies on contrasts to look good, which is something you need to consider when going for any camo look. Going all out with this military design might look good if you’re involved in armed combat but out and about in the streets, it’s not such a smart idea. The guide below shows how you can work a jumper and shirt with some camo cargo pants.

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Dress your camouflage trousers up with a jumper and a nice pair of loafers
PHOTO CREDIT: The Idle Man

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Smart and Casual Camo Pants

Again, you’re probably a little more cautious about adding in any camo printed trousers to smarter outfits but it can be done – I swear. You should be considering getting hold of a decent Oxford shirt here, if you don’t have one already. You can’t underestimate the importance of one of these classic numbers. If you’re looking to be a little braver, you could go for a subtle print and add in a textured blazer. It’s a much busier look than the above styles but it will help to blend the trousers in a bit more. You can’t fail with white and navy in this instance.

For a casual choice it’s pretty simple as they’re primarily made for this sort of outfit. For this, we’d go for classic pieces like a bomber jacket, boots, a crew neck T-shirt. Failsafe styling and a rugged finish to suit the inspiration for these types of trousers.

The guide below shows how a smart look can be coopted by a pair of camo print trousers so easily, and although it might be a tad unusual we can’t deny that somehow it works. Again, the accessories really bring it together with the black sunglasses contrasting supremely with the pink shirt.

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Bomber jackets and camouflage trousers show the military look off perfectly
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Camo Shoes

This is a piece of clothing that you can afford to be more adventurous as trainers are a great chance to try something a little different. Although you can find camo formal shoes out there, it might be a better idea to think about sneakers, as they’re more casual than their smarter counterparts. It’s not the case that you have to go for full on army print either, you could get hold of some white kicks that have a flash of green camo on the outsole.

The Look below shows how simple it is to add a pair of colourful trainers to a reasonably smart look. A trench coat is one of the easiest ways to make your winter outfit look instantly more impressive and the green trainers don’t look out of place at all.

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Keep your outfit simple if you’re wearing camo shoes, make them the focal point
PHOTO CREDIT: Stockholm Street Style

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Camo Hoodie

This is one of the best ways to incorporate camo into your outfit. A simple casual piece, you can revitalise your bog standard hoodie by going for this print. Whether you opt for a zip front or a pullover design, try and keep an eye out for longer line designs and team it with a pair of skinny jeans. Take a glance at the outfit we’ve picked out, the grey sneakers in particular are a great touch and prevent the look from being too ‘out there’.

Camo Bag

For those out there who aren’t entirely sure how to add some camo into their outfit, this is probably the easiest way to do it. Backpacks are essential for any man who gets out and about, gone are the days that we have to stick everything we own in our pockets, backpacks give so many more options.

The great thing about statement pieces like these has to be their versatility. You can add them to almost any outfit and it’ll work, they can also liven up a seemingly dull look. Consider getting a leather jacket for the upcoming winter, they’re so versatile, incredible practical and you can get years of use out of it.

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A man wearing a leather camouflage backpack
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How to Wear Camo

  • Casual outfit  a camo jacket and argo pants create a more relaxed outfit
  • Formal outfit – a camo shirt or blazer can create a nice look to a smart event
  • Make camo the focus point it can be a bag, shoes or a shirt, make the camouflage draw attention
  • Camo is a statement – it shows confidence, don’t be afraid to make it a staple in your wardrobe
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A man wearing a The North Face cam jacket
PHOTO CREDIT: The North Face

On That Note

It’s a style that should have a place in every man’s wardrobe, these prints can add turn a drab outfit into something far more impressive through something as simple as a backpack. For those that aren’t sure what the first step in achieving camo perfection should be, we’d say start simple with accessories or with a backpack. That way you can make a statement without having to commit too much. For the converted, jackets are a simple piece of outerwear that is perfect all throughout the year. So whether it’s some sneakers with a hint of army print or some all out green cargo pants, this is clearly an impressive design.

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