Modern camouflage can trace its roots to WWI, when technological advances turned brightly colored uniforms into deadly targets. Today, ironically, civilians turn to camo to stand out.
Military-inspired clothing, such as field jackets and stout leather boots, aren’t just fleeting trends but permanent fashion staples, says Christopher Serluco of the Fashion Institute of Technology. They’re as edgy with T-shirts and jeans as they are with sophisticated options.
The trick: “Treat camouflage and other military colors, such as olive and navy, like neutrals,” says Serluco. “They go with anything.” Stay modern by creating unexpected contrasts-like pairing a field jacket with a suit or wearing tailored sweatpants rendered in brushstroke camo.
(Military looks great for fall. Check out some more of our favorite transitional pieces for this season.)
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