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Wednesday, October 10th 2012

Ask Shopbop: How to Wear Camouflage

Look 1: Club Monaco jacket, Siwy shorts, Antik Batik bag, Marc by Marc Jacob booties. Look 2: Maison Scotch shirt, Paige Denim jeans.

I'm tempted by the camo pieces I've been seeing lately. How can I wear the look without looking like I'm off to hunt with the boys?

Camouflage sends a clear, decisive style message when worn well, but it’s a tricky print to work with. I have three general tips to keep your look rooted in fashion, not forest.

Balance the masculine look of camo with figure-flattering, solid color separates. Pair an oversized jacket back to cutoff shorts. With a utility pant, try a tight henley and a shrunken denim jacket. Fitted denim, shorts, and tight tees all have a place in great camo looks.

So many iconic looks have come out of punk, grunge and hippie culture. Look to these movements for some spot-on inspiration. Try an unexpected combo, like camo with eyelet or thermal, or go for a rock-chic look with low-rise skinny pants and a camo button-down shirt. Just remember to inject something personal so you avoid a costumed feeling.

Keep your mind open and get in the spirit of invention! It’s amazing how versatile this motif can be. You might find that your camo shirt is a perfect match for a favorite wool pencil skirt or your sequin T-shirt. Add a piece of fun costume jewelry and you’re set.


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