Wearing our Camo and Color
Wearing camo and color together is a great way to add some other colors to the muted print of camo.
Quote of the day: “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.” Eleanor Roosevelt
Eleanor was a wise woman, although I doubt she was talking about wearing the camo print when she said the words above. Yet can embracing a fashion trend make us feel better about ourselves? Maybe I’m crazy to think that the clothes on our body could make us feel somewhat rebellious or courageous. Yet I have to admit that when I wear some of the items that I never thought I would, I do feel a little more adventuresome.
As someone who used to think of camo as something for hunters only, it surprises me that I like this print so much. Granted I don’t have a lot of it in my closet. Yet I’m happy to report that I wear the 2 pieces I have regularly. These shorts are my summer item, and these jeans get a lot of wear in the cooler months.
You can certainly see our other outfits of us wearing these same items from the past 2 years with denim and even other prints. I almost think that wearing this print in a stylish way is almost rebellious. Like, it used to be for hunters, but now I’m sporting it for style. It’s like wearing white past Labor Day. And if you prefer black, we styled the print with that too.
Now I have to also share Chrissy, who I was just reading her blog post and she was wearing a camo skirt. This is what I mean when I say it’s a far reaching trend. It’s not just me who loves it. Chrissy is one of my blog friends who just moved to Florida and has a wonderful heart.
Jodie’s (50+) Camo and Color Outfit
Shorts: Joe Fresh-thrifted (similar here)~~Top: Old Navy (similar here)~~Shoes: Jambu c/o (similar here)~~Scarf: Mom made it (similar here)~~Earrings: Mauzies (similar here)~~Purse: Aldo (similar here)
Why I Wore This Outfit
I wanted to take advantage of some of my summer tops that I haven’t worn much this season. Of course, you don’t see my entire wardrobe on the blog since we only post fashion ideas twice a week. But I did wear this top in an Instagram post earlier this summer. I was pontificating that I love the one shoulder tops better than the off the shoulder ones since I can still wear a normal bra with it. That is, as long as your bra straps are able to come off.
What I didn’t think about is how camo and orange are totally hunters colors. Yet I doubt very much you would think I’m off to shoot Bambi in this outfit.
How You Could Change This Outfit
If you’re not about to start wearing shorts, there are many options for camo bottoms that you might prefer. If you’re not sure about wearing them out in public, you could try them for around the house or working out?
The scarf on my head was actually inspired by Karen when I saw this Instagram post the morning we were heading out for these photos. I was having a bad hair day, but I knew I was wearing a hat for the next camo post, so I didn’t want to for this one.
I’ve seen many women sporting scarves in their hair, yet I hadn’t tried it myself. Yet, I need to wear this more. I have so many cute scarves, and very little cute hair days, so the equation works. BTW, we just watched the classic Sabrina movie and she was wearing an interesting turban on her head when she returned from Paris. Just sayin’.
Nancy’s (70+) Camo and Color Outfit
Why Nancy Wore This Outfit
I did ask Nancy to pair her camo top with this red, lace dress. I thought the contrast of colors would be perfect and then you also have that contrast of a feminine detail with the masculine print.
It was her idea to add in the gladiator sandals as a nod to going into battle. Since camo was originally for hunting, I thought that was very insightful. Now you may not have thought of that when you first looked at the outfit, but after you hear the reasoning, doesn’t that make it even cooler?
How You Could Change This Outfit
Okay, so you don’t wear that many red dresses for everyday. But then swapping it out for red jeans seems like the easiest option. I remember when red jeans were having their heyday about 6-7 years ago. So if you worry that they aren’t really in style anymore, I think the best thing to do is pair it with something that IS in style right now. Therefore a camo top would be a brilliant pairing. It’s one of the prints of the season along with animal prints.
This necklace is really old. Nancy’s not sure if it was her mother’s or grandmother’s originally. It always feels so good to wear our sentimental pieces.
Charlotte’s (80+) Camo and Color Outfit
Why Charlotte Wore This Outfit
I will admit that I asked my mom to wear her lilac jeans with the camo blouse. I wanted to showcase a pastel with the neutral print. And I think it’s a great combination. Although in retrospect, the pants almost look white at certain angles.
And I love that my mom used the half tuck method for this shirt. The blouse is almost a cropped top in that it’s not super long. But I think the addition of the half tuck and seeing the belt, gives the outfit some intention. Maybe it’s just me, but sometimes leaving shirts untucked can seem sloppy otherwise.
How You Could Change This Outfit
Since most people don’t have lilac jeans, and these almost look white, then why not wear your camo with white? And why didn’t I think about that?? Especially now that white is worn year round, it’s a perfect addition to your closet. I’m sure you all have a pair of white jeans already, yet this is one pair that I think is good to have multiples of in case one pair is in the wash. One idea is to have different styles or silhouettes of your favorite color jeans. Like the shredded hem, the flare style, or even the ankle pant that you could wear to work.
When my mom and I found these pants at Old Navy, we had a disagreement about whether they were lilac or pink. And really, does it matter? So what am I really trying to say? Don’t get caught up in the description color. Try it with many different items because it could take on different shades and look better than you imagined.
Tips & Tricks
If you want to try this camo and color trend, then here’s an idea. Think of it as a neutral. You know, like an animal print. Because as we have heard time and time again, everything goes with a neutral. And that’s truly the case with most camo prints.
If you can’t see any reason to embrace this print, then I totally understand. The best part about style and fashion is we shouldn’t all look alike. You can still use these outfits as inspiration if you think about our camo as olive green pieces or a tan print instead. Then maybe it’ll give you some ideas of outfits in your own closet.
The important point? Be open to new things. Not just in your clothing, but in your life. If we weren’t open to the new ideas and inventions, then we’d all be driving around in horse and buggies still.
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