When it comes to fashion and picking out my outfit for the day, it’s about making some noise. Whether it means sporting a “loud” statement piece or wearing a subtle yet sleek look, the goal of my outfits is to stand out from the crowd rather than fade into the background.
It’s ironic that my favorite design to wear is camouflage print, a style that was originally created to help the wearer blend in. The script for camo has been rewritten in that it now welcomes the attention, turning it to become one of the trendiest looks in the streetwear scene.
The Subtle Thread
Pairing a dark camo piece with some solid basics can make the overall outfit give off a low-key yet fashionable look. This is great for someone who doesn’t want to stick out like a sore thumb, but still want to differentiate themselves a little.
My favorite subtle flex piece is a camo print button-up shirt I bought from Pacsun during a Black Friday sale. The dark “U.S. Woodland” camo design matches nicely with solid black pants and earth-tone shoes. It’s perfect for a Friday night out or standing out a little in the workplace. Even though it’s a button-up, I would occasionally wear it as a lightweight outerwear. It gives me more options on what pieces I can combine the shirt with.
I’ll admit that when I do this, I sometimes feel self-conscious about what people might think. “Why is this dude wearing the button-up shirt outside of his sweater? And he didn’t even button it up!” But hey, fashion is about confidence and feeling good about yourself. What better way to do that than to experiment with outfits?
Can You See Me Now?
Certain camo prints are meant to go against the intended function of blending in and more for drawing attention. Rather than being a wallflower, it’s about standing out and making your presence known.
When I’m feeling bold and want to spice up my outfit, I’d throw on my Obey camouflage hoodie. The design is a bit loud and is not your typical camo print as it has a cartoony look to it. It’s a hoodie so I like to wear this when I’m going out to the mall or just hanging out. It’s not unusual for me to catch people staring, but that’s okay. It’s kind of expected when I rock this hoodie.
It’s About Confidence
Back when I bought my first camo print top, I was a little nervous to wear it for the first time. I’m not the type to call attention to myself and that’s what I would be doing if I were to wear such a prominent piece. But then I ask myself: “Why should I care what people think about what I’m wearing?” If I like the look of something, I should wear it with confidence. Confidence is what makes or breaks a look anyway so I should just go for it! It’s been years now since I’ve had that revelation and I’ve been expanding my style ever since.