Camouflage Styling: The Stand Out Guide Don't blend in anymore, here's everything you need to make an impression in camo

Camouflage is all about blending in right? Not anymore. Camouflage is all about combining timeless menswear style with casual streetwear cool. That being said, pulling off camo takes a careful touch. Here’s a little style advice you get you hitting the mark.

History of Camouflage

History of Camouflage

For most of the classical and early modern warfare, soldiers dressed to stand out. Without modern technology, communication on the battlefield was a nightmare. In lieu of radios and drones, soldiers communicated their movements through flags and uniforms.

During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, battlefields were filled with the fog of gunpowder. This made the importance of visible uniforms paramount. However, as warfare changed so too did the needs of soldiers. During the Spanish-American war, U.S troops took to smearing mud on their fatigues to avoid being spotted by snipers. This transformed through the killing-grounds of World War 1. As the war ended, nations increasingly saw the need to hide units from enemy fire. By World War 2, camouflage was a staple of militaries across the globe. One such print was the iconic green and brown camo of U.S troops.

With victory in the war, troops returned home sporting their military get-ups. The ensuing interest in military gear sparked the rush to Army and Navy surplus stores. From here, camo made its way into the menswear vernacular.

How to Wear Men’s Camo Prints

Camouflage Shirts Made Easy

Camouflage Shirts

Camo shirts might seem like they’re the easiest to pull off, but that’s not the case. The camo shirt is boldly camo. With it, comes the risk of being too camo forward. Unless you’re hunting or an actual service member, maybe skip this one. If you’re still determined to wear this, downplay it with a subtle pair of jeans and sneakers.

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Perfecting the Camouflage Jackets

Camouflage Jackets

This is where camo style excels. Camo jackets have that classic camo design but are benefited by the addition of the rest of your outfit. Simple looks allow the jacket to say everything it needs without being too loud. At worst, you can always slip your jacket off. Just be careful, it might disappear amongst its surroundings.

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Switching it up with Camo Pants

Camouflage Pants

This look is definitely front and center. Ironically, there’s no blending in when rocking a pair of camo pants. The key to making them look great is marrying them with a darker color up top. A navy sweater is a great choice. Anything too light on top and you’ll outfit will lose the edge that camo provides. When you’re looking for what shirt to wear with camo pants, dressing up this look with a white oxford shirt and some desert boots is a good move. It invokes the very best of army pants outfits.

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Stepping Out in Camouflage Shoes

Camouflage Shoes

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When it comes to camo shoes, we’re talking sneakers. If you’re not ready to jump on the men’s camouflage style trend just yet, camo shoes are your answer. The subtle flash of color makes an otherwise boring outfit, anything but. Wondering what to wear with camo shoes? Slip them on with a smart-casual outfit and you’ll see what wonders the contrast can do.

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Our Camo Shirt Outfit

Camouflage Outfit Grid

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Closing Thoughts

Camo has a special place in menswear. Its utilitarian look gives it a permanent place in men’s style while also finding a home in modern trends. Let camo do its work and keep everything else simple. Experiment with your looks and do anything but blend in. Go get some camo pieces to incorporate into your looks right away.

Tell us below if camouflage style is right for you and what style moves you use to stand out!

To master this bold pattern in professional settings, check out our guide on camouflage print for professionals.