“Good times” grey sweatshirt: American Eagle |Camo pants with zippers: BDG at Urban Outfitters (similar here and here)| Neon floral heels: J.Crew (sold out, but similar here)|Gold choker: vintage via Brooklyn Flea Market (see previous gold choker post for ideas)|Watch: Michael Kors |Gold cuff: J.Crew
To me, camo (or camouflage) print pants are a neutral–like jeans or black skinnies, they really do go with way more than you think. If you treat them as such, you’ll find that you can put together a whole bunch of new looks…and aren’t we always looking for a new “neutral”, go with everything piece to add as a foundation piece to our wardrobes?
Camo pants are nothing new– hardly a “trend”, I’d definitely consider them a modern classic– updated for the 2015 girl in skinny form, although I’ve seen a couple boyfriend-shaped, baggier pairs every now and again that fit the bill as well. This particular pair, I’ve had for almost six years now! They are worn in, soft as butter, and fit like a glove– the best part is that I found them at Urban Outfitters, from their in-house brand “BDG”, for under $50. The two things I like best about these are the gold zippers at the ankles and the deep cargo-style pockets…I would be majorly depressed if I lost these guys!
Styling camo pants can go two ways: tomboy-chic or juxtaposed (English teacher vocabulary alert!) with something girly or feminine– either way, you definitely want to avoid looking like you are actually enlisting in the army or partaking in combat. The first look above shows the camo pants paired with a worn in grey sweatshirt (another wardrobe staple if you ask me!), neon pink heels for the feminine/unexpected element, and of course, sleek gold accessories to keep the look modern. The second outfit runs along similar lines, but adds a sequin-lined blush sweatshirt instead for an even more girly contrast– camo and blush, seemingly polar opposites, are actually one of my all time favorite pairings. The jeweled dangly earrings add an extra touch of glamour to the boyishness of the pants. The third look pairs another color mainstay in my wardrobe, mustard/gold, with the camo pants, showing that they really DO function as a neutral…the sweater is definitely classic in feel, and the nubby texture plays nicely off the worn-in-ness of the camo pants…the gold heels here are the unexpected element that keeps the outfit dressy. Lastly, this is one of my fave outfits ever! I’ve worn this look in a few different iterations, with the core of lace and camo paired together as the base. Like all good things in life, it’s the MIX or balance of the masculinity of the pants and the femininity of the lace top that keeps the outfit interesting and engaging to look at…the neon pink heels and jewelry keep the look modern and fresh as well.
Hope this inspires you to dig out your old camo pants and restyle them– or pick up some new ones to add to your mix! Have a great week guys!