Pairing our Camo with Pastels

The Camouflage print for any age woman.

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?

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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!

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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!!

The Camouflage print for any age woman. The Camouflage print for any age woman. The Camouflage print for any age woman.

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)

The Camouflage print for any age woman. The Camouflage print for any age woman. The Camouflage print for any age woman.

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)

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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:

  • Kathleen McDermott

    First let me say again that the necklace you put with Nancy’s blouse was perfect, not unnecessary. It looks like it was made for that blouse.

    Do feature camo again! It’s out now in so many colors, items and fabrics and looks cool with so many things. I’d love to see you print match again but with bolder prints, either in the same color family or in a contrasting print. You could also factor in print size – “matching” or larger/smaller. I also love camo with plain old denim bottoms, but adding in a 3rd color, vibrant or soft, cool or warm.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I knew you’d have some great ideas, Kathleen!! I’ll write these down and add it to my queue!! XOXO

  • Kathleen McDermott

    I think camo looks good with all pastels, depending on the tone of the camo. Many things to love about this post. Your delicately striped lavender blouse, gorgeous shoes and exquisite necklace. And you look fantastic in those shorts. Charlotte’s bright camo with the pale yellows and gold jewelry. Nancy’s adorable flower hat and her perfect necklace (an inspired choice that enhances her blouse beautifully).

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’ve been thinking about doing another camo post this summer!! I’m just not sure how to change it up more than we’ve already done!! Do you have any ideas? I’m thinking you have some camo…what do you wear it with?? XOXO

  • Such a great post. You are so creative. I love how mixed colors.

    Xo, Maryam

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Maryam!!

  • These are pretty! I love all these camo’s mixed with pastels.
    Thank you for linking up to “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me”
    Rachel xo

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Rachel!!

  • Your outfit is my favorite one…because I would have never (ever, ever, ever) thought to put that tailored pinstripe lilac shirt with those shorts (did I say ever, ever, ever).

    But the whole thing completely works…the shoes bring it all home for me.

    Fabulous look, Jodie!!! It would take a little courage for me to wear it…but I would LOVE to give it a try!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      What a nice comment to read, Em!!
      I can totally relate to your sentiments…I’ve only just been challenging myself to start wearing items that are somewhat opposites! And it’s really been fun! Because when it comes right down to it—the rules have been thrown out the window and putting together our outfits should be nothing but fun!! (At least that’s my theory right now!)

  • I have blogged alongside Eve and Sheela myself. Two cool ladies ! Nancy’s outfit wins it for me this week. I love the camo with the lemon, and I love to see the variations of how it can be styled x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Laurie—I’ll tell Nancy you liked her outfit!!

  • Such a creative pairing! For the past couple of years, I’ve been experimenting with binaries in my outfits. Masculine and feminine. Rustic and romantic. Saccharine and edgy. Pairing camo with pastels falls right in line with that. It’s not something I’d have thought to try, but now I will!

    <3 Liz

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I think I’m addicted to the dichotomy in my outfits….I feel like I try for it all the time. So it’s going to be a struggle when the time comes that it’s old fashioned to do that!! Maybe I won’t be around then…ha ha!! Because I think it’ll be so hard to go back to matching everything. Who knows—maybe something else will come around?

  • Amy D. Christensen

    What a great idea. My hubby is a hunter so I married into camo, but I never thought about styling it for myself, especially with pastel colors, but these outfits are great. Love your look. Such cute shoes and I know what you mean about the button up blouses. It is very nice when you find one that doesn’t gape. Nancy and Mom look so fashionable. I really like Nancy’s necklace and the brighter look to Mom’s camo. So lovely! Now I may have to try this…..ha ha. Thanks for the inspiration. – Amy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Well heck yah—you can borrow your hubby’s camo—so it’s a no brainer for you, Amy!!
      We’re even going to do a Borrow from the Boys series one of these days—so I see nothing wrong with that!!
      Thanks for such nice compliments!!

  • Hi Jodie, here in South Carolina camo is everywhere. I love the way you style it with pastels and Nancy looks so adorable! Thank you for sharing with us at #SimplifyWednesdays! Pinned, Tweeted, Shared, Stumbled

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s there in fashion, or in the military/hunting realms?
      Even though I’ve seen it everywhere on hunters, i must admit, I never thought it would end up on my own body!! But since I decided it’s just a print, it’s fun!

  • dan

    Your combination of camouflage and lavender colour is very good! A beautiful way to make the camo look more feminine…You have also found the perfect sandals !
    On Nancy and Charlotte the print is especially lovely !

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Dan!!
      This was definitely out of my comfort zone—but that’s a good thing, right?

  • Really love your shorts!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Tara!!

  • I don’t own any camo pieces, but I really like the variety the five of you have shown here! I like that you paired camo with pastels, and I think a “traditional” camo print goes well with pinks. However, I can see that your mom’s blouse goes better with yellow. I like camo prints with “unusual” colors in the print, like your mom’s blouse.

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I saw a hot air balloon last year that was pink camo print—and it was quite fun!!
      I think that’s when I started actually considering the idea of wearing it—funny, how inspiration comes??

  • The pastels work so well and your Mum was right to go with the yellow! And woo hoo, Jodie, look at you with your ‘preppy look’ as Sheela called it on her blog. You look fabulous. I’ve just ordered a pair of camo slip ons for the Autumn but clearly I need to get me some camo shorts! You are rocking your pair.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jacqueline!!
      I can’t wait to see your camo sneakers!! I bet they’ll be great with so many outfits!!

  • What a fun post, Jodie! Camo and pastels sound like they don’t mix, but until seeing your photos, they really can! I’m liking all shades of pastels with camo! Thanks for sharing!

    Luci’s Morsels | fashion. food. frivolity.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Luci—it has been fun trying out things I wouldn’t have in the past!!

  • Laura

    I really like the way pastels add an element of femininity to camo. The olive tones in it make it almost a neutral! I love your camo shorts especially!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Laura—that was my conclusion about the camo being a neutral (although I didn’t verbalize it until tomorrow’s post!!)

  • I am a big fan of camo! you all look so cute and darling!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Kelsey!!

  • Judy Gramith

    I can’t believe I’m adding more to that previous lengthy post but I had to mention that camo has become a lot like animal print in that it just hasn’t gone away for over 10 years. I have a camo skirt that is probably 12 years old that I usually wear with a black turtleneck and black tights.
    Somehow it’s become a classic “fashion print” and of course it’s importance to the military and big game hunter’s can’t be overlooked. A name to consider for your next camo post is: “Where function becomes fashion” ?? 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Hmmmm….I like that idea for a thought provoking post, Jude!
      (And I love that you add more thoughts to the whole idea)
      Living here—I’ve seen tons of camo but only for hunters and military—I guess I’ve been an ostrich about it being for “real” clothes. Because I’m thinking your camo skirt is not a hunting piece? Do you remember where you got it?

  • Camo is so fun! Love how you ladies always think outside of the box. = )

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Laura—I get it from you younger girls!!

  • I really love the mix of the camp with the lilac. x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Gemma!! It wasn’t my first choice, but I’ve gotten better at going outside my box!!

  • Chrissy Rowden

    Oh my goodness! I love camo and I love this post. I’m breaking out my camo skirt. Thank you for the inspiration. 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      How fabulous you already own some camo!!! Thanks for the love!

  • Judy Gramith

    One of my favorite posts ever! I love you ladies in your camo cuteness!!
    The combination of the subtle stripe and lavender in your blouse with the camo print Bermuda and open toe booties is really terrific Jodie. Perfection in pattern and texture mixing right?
    Nancy’s charming hat tops off her darling combo of camo and pale yellow with extra pizazz. I really LOVE the extra texture that her necklace adds too.
    Charlotte carries her camo to a lovely level of sophistication! The fact that her blouse seems to have an unexpected bit of teal mixed in along with the chain belt and pretty feminine jewelry elevates the camo to a new level of chique.
    I recently checked Sheela’s blog and was intrigued by her funky style and interesting subject matter. The pink pants and red boots reveal the potential of camo and color. The touches of polka dots and happy floral clutch show us fealess pattern mixing.
    Eve is owning the camo look as only a young gal can. The half tuck shirt, shorts and sun glasses are all about “cool camo attitude”.
    I have several pairs of camo skinnies and my go to top is a dark khaki knit henley with tonal batten burg lace on the long sleeves. I love to mix lace with camo!
    (Yikes! I’ve penned an essay!)

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I love the essay comments –it’s like talking over the phone with a friend!!
      You are such a trend setter Jude—look at you already owning camo (and more than one thing at that!!).
      Of course we should pair it with lace—that’s another perfect dichotomy subject (I even put it in the queue for next summer)
      I’m so glad you liked this post—I really wasn’t sure it’d go over well. You can probably tell in my narrative that I wasn’t gaga over the subject—but I’m starting to warm up to it now!

      • Judy Gramith

        I’m thinkin that someday soon we WILL have to have a nice chatty phone conversation Jodie! 🙂

        My ancient camo skirt is from Walmart. And it is definitely over 10 years old. I’m a pretty avid reader of fashion magazines and camo has always shown up on some level over the last decade. As I said , much like animal prints.

        I’m sure Nancy can corroborate my thinking and memory on this one. On some level there has been a connection to supporting our troops. Although since Desert Storm camo has become more a replication of desert landforms and has also taken on a digital/ graphic look.

        I’m going to email a picture of the skirt. It’s got classic,sporty cuteness. (my less than humble opinion)

        • Jodie Filogomo

          I can’t wait to see the pix of your skirt!!
          My husband and I always joke when I do or wear something before it’s really a huge trend–that I’m way ahead of the curve! And thus you are, Judy!!

  • I have never think that camo could be so cool. For me it was more like men thing. Thank you for the inspiration and linking up with MY RED CARPET.

    Anna xoxo

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That’s exactly what I was thinking at first—I’ve been seeing it on others for the past year and just couldn’t get on board! But I’m glad I tried it—it’s definitely a little different!!

  • Queen of Rods

    I like the yellow pants with the camo; I’m not good at visualizing your mom’s outfit with pink, so I can’t offer an opinion on that. However, I love your necklace, and the backdrop behind Nancy’s first photo looks like she’s in a location for some army maneuvers…so apropos for the camo 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Janet!!
      The pix of Nancy was still at the Botanic Gardens—it was in front of this really old silo—definitely a cool backdrop!!

  • PetiteOver40

    All five of you look fabulous in your camo combinations! It’s so neat to see how everyone wore this particular pattern and to see how ageless it is.

    Eve looks amazing. I’m not sure there is anything she wouldn’t look cool in.

    Sheila is a master at pattern-mixing! I really admire her talent in that, especially since I am such a novice at it. She makes it seem effortless!

    Your top reminds me of a top I saw in a photo of Ava Gardner–so classic! And what I love about your look is how you’ve combined something so classic with something so casual (camo). You’ve captured the balance flawlessly!

    Don’t start pulling off Nancy’s necklace yet! I think it adds cool texture to her overall look. You might not see it stand out as a color, but it certainly adds sparkle to her matte camo. And I ADORE her hat! She definitely needs to wear it more often — so sassy!

    I can see why your mom chose yellow to go with her top. I tried to imagine pink, but I’m wondering if the colors in the camo, which are a bit bolder than yours or Nancy’s, are more yellow-toned? Whatever the reason, yellow works really well here! She could almost wear this in an office setting! Can you imagine wearing camo to work? In this case…maybe!

    Anyway–you all should get a standing ovation for your combinations! I have learned so much from just this post alone and all five of you make me want to add camo to my wardrobe!

    Hugs from the LHE writer,

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Look at you go girl—I always love when I get a LHE (but shouldn’t it be long hairy comment–LHC?–ha ha!!)
      Much love & adoration!!!

  • Camo is one of my ultimate faves and I soooo love how you all styled it! Fantastic! =)

    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Cielo!
      I wasn’t the hugest fan of it at first, but it’s starting to grow on me!!

  • Ruth Maldonado

    Nancy and Charlotte are just adorable! Oh my gosh great style ladies!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Ruth!!

  • Wow, I really like it paired with lavender! #whoknew??

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Right? I’m getting so much better at working my closet instead of pairing my usuals!!

  • Hey ho, Jodie, and away we go with another collaboration 🙂 I love doing stuff with you and Nancy and Eve and Charlotte, our style vocabularies are all so distinct that the visuals alone make for a tale filled with twists and turns a-plenty. I mean, look at Eve and Charlotte, their tops are incredibly similar yet the final outcome, so different!! And yes, Nancy really needs to wear that cap more often, she looks so cute!!!! I had to use the word cute 🙂 and I also just realised how beautifully the purple heels of your booties echo your button-down, Jodie, how cool is that xoxo

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You can really say that again–the 5 of us could theoretically all wear the exact same item, yet it’d look so different! And it’s such a good thing since we are all so different on the insides, that our outsides should look unique also!!
      And don’t you just love that a teen & 70 year old are basically wearing the same top???
      Thanks again for all the fun —growing with you has been a blast!!

  • You all wear camo so well! I just recently got a cozy camo print sweatshirt & have loved slipping it on at night

    • Jodie Filogomo

      And I have to say I’d never thought the words “I love my camo” would come out of my mouth!
      Thanks for the love!!

  • I love these camo looks!I’ve never thought of pairing Camo print with pastels, but it works so beautifully ! Well done!


    Tamara –

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Tamara!! I guess you could call this dichotomy since I’d consider camo very masculine and the pastels more feminine!
      Thanks for the lovely words!!

  • Mother Daughter

    I like camo even if it is something I don’t yet have. I searched for ever for a pair of pink camo capri’s and never found them, though I say others wearing them. I have to laugh at myself though, when I saw the title I thought it said cameo, and I thought wonder what that means? lol

    • Jodie Filogomo

      After you said that, I had to search myself and could only come up with the work out version: That reminds me of the hot air balloon we saw in Idaho last year that was pink camo—I thought it was so fashionable.

  • I’m not sure why, but I don’t own any camo. Fun to see you all styled this. I like the idea of it with pastels.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Well it certainly isn’t a feminine item in my head—that’s one reason I really like it with the pastel colors!!
      Thanks for stopping by Amy!

  • Lovely collaboration! Such different persons and styles! Great to read and to look at! I just bought a leggings in camo print. I will be showing that in a few weeks!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Well I’m glad I’m not the only crazy one wearing this print!! Can’t wait to see yours!!!