how to wear camouflage 2021 style

according to Wikipedia, camouflage uses any combination of materials, coloration, or illumination for concealment, either by making animals or objects hard to see. e.g., the leopard’s spotted coat, the leaf-mimic katydid’s wings, and the battledress of the modern soldier. military camouflage was spurred on by the advancements of 19th-century warfare, then developed rapidly in the 20th-century during the First World War. fast forward to the 1960s, when camouflage infiltrated pop culture. some credit Andy Warhol with pushing camouflage into everyday fashion. soon thereafter civilians were seen wearing the print in protest of the Vietnam War. but fashion designers took hold of camouflage after Vogue wrote an article in 1971 proclaiming it “functional, practical, good-looking print and just as wearable as the everyday blue jean.” 

mainstream designers Jean Paul Gaultier, Valentino, Christian Dior, and John Galliano, to name a few, have flooded the runways with camouflage print since the 1980s making it a fashion statement. how ironic that a print that was meant to conceal now speaks loudly through the fashion lens? no matter what your opinion is of camouflage, love it or hate it, this print is here to stay. me? well, i’ve always incorporated it into my wardrobe, whether it’s a pair of camo chinos or an oversized jacket. today, i’m sharing how to wear camouflage 2021 style.

how to wear camouflage 2021 style

opens in a new windowAnthropologie has always been a favorite store of mine. yes, even classic style needs to add a twist now and again to stay modern and fresh. whenever i’m on the hunt for something a little extraordinary, i stop by opens in a new windowAnthropologie. they never disappoint. and i’m a big fan of their home department. as a matter of fact, the wallpaper in my new master bath hails from Anthro.

when i spied this opens in a new windowcamo tunic/dress that comes in standard, petite, and plus sizes, i thought it was perfect for transitional outfits. it gets tricky to put outfits together when the seasons change. while we’re more than ready to exchange our puffer jackets, boots, and sweaters for raincoats, sneakers, and tees, the weather doesn’t always cooperate. it takes a while for winter to turn into spring. but today’s outfit will span the seasons with ease. 

the opens in a new windowcamo tunic is lined with long sleeves, which adds warmth while not being too heavy. faux leather leggings from opens in a new windowAnn Taylor (old, similar opens in a new windowhere and opens in a new windowhere) are a welcome alternative to blue jeans. black and camo go together like peanut butter and jelly. notice i wore a pair of opens in a new windowsuede booties, but i did pull out a pair of black pumps (old, similar opens in a new window here and opens in a new windowhere) to show you just how versatile this ootd truly is. come spring, ditch the black leggings in favor of your favorite spring pants. something with a silvery hue. voila! this opens in a new windowcamo tunic has versatility written all over it. see how easy it is to wear camouflage 2021 style?

accessories always add extra pizazz to any outfit. this link necklace (old, similar opens in a new windowhere and opens in a new windowhere) is a favorite of mine, as are the bangle bracelets (old, similar opens in a new window here). but don’t forget handbags can make or break any outfit. this opens in a new windowblack leather handbag from opens in a new windowCoach can easily convert from a crossbody handbag to a clutch. 

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2 Comments

  1. Leu2500 wrote:

    Today’s & yesterday’s posts illustrate so many things: volume over lean. How certain patterns can be neutral. How you can get several looks out of 1 statement item paired with various neutrals. How you can style an item to cross seasons. How you can build a capsule wardrobe, which is especially useful for travel.

    Yesterday’s dress could also be worn open as a duster over a column of black, if it’s lightweight enough & it looks to be.

    Posted 2.10.21Reply
  2. Joni wrote:

    Hi Beth! I love your blog, and am so glad to see you highlighting camouflage. I really struggle knowing what to wear with camouflage pants, joggers, and leggings. I can always wear a black top, but do you have any ideas of other colors or ways to wear them? Thank you 😊

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