A Campus In Style: Military Inspired Design Guide
Published: Thursday, September 27, 2012
Updated: Thursday, September 27, 2012 23:09
Military styles are a staple in today’s fashion landscape. From metropolitan city blocks to small rural towns, there are glimpses of styles stemming from our armed forces all over the country. Whether it be aviator glasses, combat boots, cargo pants or field jackets, military uniform has become a backbone of streetwear and culture. Above all, there is one facet of uniform that reigns supreme over all its peers: camouflage print. No matter what season it is, you can effectively pull off a fly camo style. Wearing any of the many patterns and colors of camo print is hit-or-miss. Contrary to popular belief, those camo shorts do not match with anything you want to wear. This simple guide will help you avoid looking like a seasoned big- game hunter and give you a heads up on rocking a military-inspired camo look this fall and winter in Storrs.
Patterns can be easily overdone. If camouflage is overdone, you will most likely get mistaken for a soldier. Limit yourself to only one article of clothing per outfit that has a camo print. Whether it be a field jacket, a pair of cargo pants or simply a hat, pick only one. It’s not Halloween, UConn is not a guerilla warfare zone and there is no reason you should be in full camouflage attire.
Though very versatile, camouflage does have its limitations on paired color combinations. If you want to play it safe, any solid print of a color featured in your specific pattern will suffice. Whether it’s a shade of olive, khaki or brown, choose whichever is less prevalent in the camo. As for a complementary color? Go with a darker shade of red, especially regarding your shoe choice. Other colors that get a pass are dark navy blues, shades of gray and, of course, black. Feeling funky? Wear a neon yellow sneaker with your camo pants and watch people stare at your awesomeness.
Unless you’re rapper DMX, toss the Timberland boots away. We’re all in college now, it’s 2012, so take a more grown-up approach to fall and winter boot choices. Combat boots are always a solid unisex option. Tuck your pants into them, but keep the boots loosely laced. Shades of brown are always a safe bet when matching footwear with military colors. This season I would recommend a brogue-style boot (wing-tipped) or a desert boot (go with Clarks), both hot street styles. People will definitely notice you. Don’t be afraid to throw a little cuff on your pants to show off your footwear! One word: Oxblood.
Earth-tones are the background of military and camouflage. Without the actual camo pattern, you can use these colors to create a look of your own. A solid green field jacket can go well with a variety of options for both men and women. Layer that look with any pair of buttondown shirt and chinos from the colors listed above and you’ll be set.