The last few years there has been a fixation in men’s fashion around the camo print. This has manifested itself in: shorts, pants, snapbacks, canvas shoes, sneakers and even for the bold, full camo suits. On the last look of my closet I have not found anything of this particular print, but maybe it was too well hidden. The trend, while a bit ridiculous in certain examples, seemed overall fine to me. Maybe through a bit of internet myopia, I’ve associated the style with being hip/cool/cutting edge, until my eyes picked up on a different kind of camo style.
Instead of vintage camo patterns being worn by 20 and 30 somethings in nicely fitted clothes with expensive shoe taste; this camo appeared as very baggy and loosely fitted outerwear and pants. This look seemed to have more to do with the actual sport of hunting or at least trying to say you’re the type of person, who might care about the sport of hunting.
Over the last few months when shopping, I’ve kept seeing the two styles collide. It would be easy to say the hunting camo looks weaker against its more stylish sibling, but to me that isn’t true. The hunting camo feels better situated in these suburban spaces, unlike its more “stylish” sibling. Maybe it’s the more natural patterns, lots of grass and branches, which might aesthetically be more pleasing than the more “stylish” camo’s more abstract forms. Or it could be that, whatever little clothes ask as a tell sign for people, I feel—maybe incorrectly—I can gleam something from a person looking ready for hunting instead of a person that thought military camo skinny chinos were hot for 2013.