Similar to Breton stripes, the camouflage print seems to be an everlasting element in the world of fashion, especially for menswear. Though scarcely a dominant trend, the camo print has kept its status as a versatile way to show masculinity and make a statement (despite its original purpose to merge with its surroundings and go unnoticed).
1. Mark McNairy SS14 | 2. Balmain FW14 | 3. Ralph Lauren SS14
4. Belstaff SS14 | 5. Philipp Plein SS14 (Images: Denim Jeans Observer)
You’ve probably owned at least one camo garment or accessory, be it a cropped jacket, cargo pants or a watch. In this article, however, I would like to introduce this familiar print in a more refined way as demonstrated by Hong Kong actor Nicolas Tse and Korean actor Kim Soo Hyun. Both have recently appeared in public with camouflage outfits from Valentino’s Fall/ Winter 2014 collection.
Nicolas Tse (1st from left) and Kim Soo Hyun (3rd from left) in outfits from Valentino’s FW 14 collection (Images: Next Media; Valentino)
Tse, who was previously seen wearing a black-and-blue camo suit from Valentino’s SS14 collection, continues his addiction to the brand by pulling off a woodland camo print suit with a half-unbuttoned white shirt during a mid-August event in Macau. Around the same time, Kim Soo Hyun was spotted at the airport wearing a gray camo sweater, black jeans and sneakers from the same seasonal collection of the brand.
6. Brain&Beast SS14 | 7. A Bathing Ape SS14 | 8. Billy Reid SS14
9. Givenchy SS14 | 10. MSGM FW 14 (Images: Denim Jeans Observer)
So guys, are you ready to give this gentlemanly take on the classic camo print a shot?
A functional and modern-looking camouflage jacket can be your statement piece all through winter. Try this lengthy jacket from CRYX, which comes with buckled cuffs and suede-trimmed lapels for a polished look. If you have a slender figure, show it off with a fitted suit jacket and a skinny black tee. The lotus print on this one heightens the camo print to a poetic level. A camo vest on a plain henley is a playful way to look dapper-dandy.
Sweaters are cozy and warm, making them a lovely choice for winter. Best of all they’re soft to see and to touch – you probably would prefer to hug a person wearing a sweater than one wearing a rigid jacket. A fitted and thin camo sweater will be a wise investment in the long run. Wear it solo, or layer over a collared shirt for a preppy look.
3. Shirts, pants and shoes
Camo or camo-accented shirts are always a foolproof way to pull off the military style. The only rule of thumb is to wear just one camo item a time. If you decide to wear a camo shirt or pants, complement the print with black denim, suede or leather. Finish with lace-up ankle boots.
If you’re new to wearing camo outfits, or just new to wearing any print at all, accessories would be the best way to begin. Boring as it seems, a camo messenger bag (ideally with a twist, such as those with non-traditional color combinations) will prove its value when you mix and match. Those unafraid of a more androgynous style can try a tote or Boston bag. Meanwhile, a satchel would create that interesting contrast betweena camo print and a structured silhouette. Camo bow ties and neckties lighten up your look with just the right amount of quirkiness.