Pairing our Camo with Pastels
Quote of the day: “Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” – William Shakespeare
Although I do love the idea of wearing what we already have in our closets, I’m also a big fan of new things! I’ve been seeing many camouflage print items among bloggers lately. My first reaction to this print was “how silly—I don’t need to look like a hunter.” But luckily I’ve learned never say never, right?
Since Colorado has a vibrant hunting group—I’ve seen my share of the camo print, just not in my closet. But if I think about it, many of our styles had to come from somewhere. And many of these somewhere’s are the men’s wardrobes. Just the fact that women wear pants, is a masculine trend we’ve adopted! Then there’s the chambray shirt (future blog series next month), the suits, the brogue shoes, just to name a few!
So when I really started contemplating about these camouflage items, what struck me is that really, it’s just a print. A muted, usually green print at that! Does wearing it make you more masculine or pro-guns? Of course not—it’s a piece of clothing that can be styled many ways.
And to prove this, I enlisted the help of Sheela & her daughter, Eve again! As usual mom, Nancy & I are styling our one piece of camo three different times, However, you’ll get to see more variety with Sheela & Eve added into the mix! Our camouflage pairing starts with adding in a pastel color item. I gave both mom and Nancy the choice of pastels—and they picked my favorite color, yellow! Therefore, I felt the need to choose something different for myself! If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, then you might remember how much I love the purple & green combination (the posts here & here). Not a color combo I probably would have put together before my blogging days, but one that I’ve grown to love.
What pastel would be your first thought to pair with camo?
Eve of The World According to Eve: So Eve went with a totally on trend pink choker!! And she’s wearing a camo blouse just like mom & Nancy proving the adage that style is ageless!
Sheela of Sheela Writes: And even though Sheela also is adding in some pink–it’s on the other end of her body! Now Sheela’s camo piece is actually a strapless maxi dress—she’s been extremely creative to show how it can be worn quite differently!
I’ve linked to both Eve’s & Sheela’s websites above so you can see more views of their outfits and their own dialogue!!
Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: I don’t own many button down shirts. It’s always been frustrating when they gap open (and I do wear the right bra). But I thought I’d try again when I had some rewards to use at Banana Republic. And I’ve been nicely surprised with this one. It must be how it’s cut and where the darts are located, because I think it’s one of the best fitting button down shirts I’ve ever owned!!
I know many older women don’t wear shorts anymore. Truly I wasn’t wearing them much while I was working as I didn’t think it was very professional. But for certain occasions, I like the option of shorts. The ones that I am wearing are a good length, I think! I also like them with heels—it seems a little more upscale to me (even though in the other two posts for this category, I wore flats!)
Shorts: Joe Fresh-thrifted (similar here)~~Top: Banana Republic (here in a light blue stripe)~~Shoes: Calvin Klein (similar here with a wood heel)~~Belt: Ann Taylor (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)
Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: Nancy, my husband and I went to the Chatfield Botanic Gardens for their Lavender festival. I know, I know, where’s the lavender, right?—but the sun was too bright for blog photos by the plants!! That’s why you get to see Nancy in sunglasses and a hat. Isn’t this hat, darling? She needs to wear it more often!!
Looking back at these pictures I can see that the necklace is redundant and totally unnecessary!
And her Ecco shoes were perfect for our walking around the gardens. Nancy bought these for her big trip this year for all the walking they’d be doing. I think they were a smart choice since they are a metallic and go with everything!
Pants: Fabrizio-Gianni (similar here and a great deal)~~Blouse: Living Doll (similar here)~~Shoes: Ecco (here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)~~Sunglasses: (similar here on sale)~~Hat: (similar here no cute flower but you could add your own!)~~Purse: Charming Charlies (similar here this one is even reversible)
Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: So maybe I did better with mom’s necklaces. She just purchased these delicate necklaces and they get tangled so easily! But I like how they fill in the neckline very subtlety!
Just so you know, I gave mom the option of pink or yellow for this outfit. She chose the yellow because she didn’t think pink went well with camo. Do you agree or maybe it’s just because mom’s shirt is more vibrant than the normal muted camouflage I see?
Pants: SK Wear (similar here in a mustard shade)~~Blouse: H&M (similar here with pink added or in a blue)~~Shoes: AK (similar here in 1 size only)~~Belt: (similar here)~~Necklaces: (similar here maybe better because they are all attached to each other)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)
I think the color combination of camo and pastels works so well because the camo print is almost like a neutral. What do you think?
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Just in case you think you might need to explore the possibility of camo for the bottom half of your body—here’s a couple options: