Camouflage print is having a moment again. I've always been very fond of the pattern. As a teenager, I was slightly obsessed all things military, so much so, I asked my cousin in the RAF to purchase a pair army boots for me to wear at college. She thought I was bonkers. I stomped about in them, adding weight to my style.
The camouflage print was used to conceal, hide, mask, screen our soldiers but for fashion its the definitely the opposite and acts as a stand out statement. Its always been popular urban street style but this year its working its way onto the catwalk and fashion hipsters are glamorising this edgy print.
Take these two cool urban New York bloggers working the print in Greenwich Village. A mix of floral and camouflage.
Gigi Hadid only last months steps out in this fur lined camo-coat and khaki at Milan fashion week.
On the catwalk Kenzo for Spring Summer ready to wear, they featured a camouflage on skirts mixed with shiny patent style fabrics. A fresh, modern futuristic way to wear the design, made feminine with strappy silver stilettos.
Below, Kenzo calmed down the camouflage by mixing it with navy. Beautifully tailored trousers and a shirt with small patches of navy, mixed with heels look altogether stylish and smart for the maturer woman. Add some white trainers and its perfect for the youngsters on the street.
I love this look. Billowing sleeves, a turtle neck top, teamed with a fitted mini skirt. This gives an overall sporty look to the camo print.
So, are we bold enough to do the print? I believe we are. If you recall years ago, Leopard print was a major statement, it was so edgy to wear it but now, its regarded as a staple and print that most people feel happy to mix with anything. I could honestly say all my clients wear leopard print confidently now.
As a teenager, I recall my mum designing and making a dress and jacket in camouflage. It was such a bold statement in the late early 90's. She cleverly mixed the camouflage material with bright pink lining. "There needs to be some femininity when wearing camouflage" - how right she was. If I can did out the picture of her, I'll add it in!
I also feel with all statement prints (that are regarded as edgy, masculine & military) its important to keep the rest of the style bright, light, modern and fresh. Camouflage print is dull. Its a mix of grey, brown, black, dark green all mushed together.
So, to lighten the look, its important you wear light colours to lift the look.
Here are some of my top buys on the shops now.
&Other Stories last week did a story on camouflage. Featuring cool, rock style looks with fitted camouflage t-shirts teamed with white jeans and heels.
Zara have so much camouflage in their spring summer collection - these skinnies are fabulous as often the print is constructed in oversized, baggy items.
Team with bright white shirt and white trainers or even some heels for the evening would work.
French Connection work the print into a smart city style jacket, perfect for smart casual events, work or weekends.
Zara have also added some sparkly to the trend, making it even more flattering to wear by creating this sequin camouflage dress.
D-Squared have created this piece. High end at £1375 - making Zara's a bargain.
If you are fearful of doing the trend on clothes - opt for accessories!
Valentino at Selfridges have a mix of camouflage, greens and light blue. £500.
Carvela have mixed gold with camouflage and these are in the sale at £95. ShopStyle UK - who have a huge mix of camouflage trainers.
Practically speaking, there are even wellies in camouflage! - these ones from New Look are fun for a rainy school run or time on your allotment.
Work the print in your leisure wear. This tracksuit by Chinti and Parker at Net a Porter is a cosy way to work the trend - mixed with baby pink.
Or, you could just buy a handbag! Top Shop
Or, like leopard print - take the trend to a Tote. This is from MZ Wallace at Net a Porter.
I literally could blog for hours! There is so much on the high street the is camouflage I guarantee it will filter into your life very soon - whether its green camouflage or even the print in blue or pink...its about.
For me? I've adopted a long camouflage parka from TopShop - I saw this and couldn't resist. Its been my on the go for school run but also I've teamed with my silver skirt and clashed with floral print. Its a big coverup and a statement all in one.