It is quiet an irony that camouflage, a print that was designed to let members of the military go incognito, is pretty conspicuous everywhere else. It’s this brick-through-a-window level of obviousness which has made camouflage an unappealing sartorial prospect for men. In ‘camo’ you’re pretty much a walking target for judgement, admiring or otherwise. Here is the many ways you can cash the camo trend this season!


It’s indisputable that the camo field jacket is one of the safest ways to wear the military’s so called ‘invisible’ print. Evidence of this is offered by the fact that it’s been worn by both, menswear icons and street subcultures – the ultimate crowd pleaser.

The beauty of camouflage jackets is that they’re foolproof. Anything that could be considered a wardrobe staple will have no trouble getting along with your military-inspired outer layer. A camo parka jacket, for example, will work wonders thrown over a navy suit, while on the weekend, a camo bomber can easily be recruited alongside a t-shirt, blue jeans and white sneakers.


Unless yours is emblazoned with some criminally unfunny tagline, it’s pretty hard to mess up wearing a t-shirt. True to form, a camouflage t-shirt is a doddle to parachute into your wardrobe and is one of the most accessible ways to get to grips with this perennial pattern.


Camouflage trousers last enjoyed mass popularity in the mid 90s when it was statistically impossible to find a boyband without at least one member sporting a pair. Since then, they’ve stepped back into their lane and rarely make an appearance outside of war zones.

Unlike up top where you’ve got a bit more freedom to play around, you’ll need to be mindful of your camo’s colour too. Stick with a darker camo print for trousers and pair with a simple white or grey t-shirt, a slick white leather trainer or black converse for a considered look.


The camo shirt seems to be standard-issue for rebellious teenagers. But wear it without that humblebrag band T-shirt and those scruffy skate shoes, and you’ve got a thoroughly grown-up wardrobe addition. In the colder months you’ll need to seek out a thicker over shirt, while warmer weather calls for a lighter cotton design. Not all camo shirts are created equal though, and it is recommended cherry picking from a few select brands.


For those closet camo admirers who would rather chew off their own arm than go fully under cover, there’s hope yet. You can try the patchwork print with a judiciously placed accessory.

The beauty of camo accessories is that they work well with practically every kind of fit you can think of. They are a streetwear – kid’s best friend: a cross-body bag, cap, or backpack offers a hit of urban realness to an otherwise simple (no doubt eye-wateringly expensive) all-black look.

More surprising is the fact that camo accessories are ripe for the picking for white collar workers too. A camo tote is just the thing for sprucing up an uneventful navy suit, while more creative types stand to gain serious swag from adding this hand-held hero to their fallback Oxford shirt, chino and sneakers set-up.