Conventionally sold in military surplus stores up and down the country, Camouflage is a print that divides opinion. You either wear it, or you don’t. Go into any Army surplus in the country and you can buy any number of camouflage garments – they are functional, and generally excellent value for money - therefore they typically end up appealing to the masses in one form or another. Ironically though in the fashion world, camouflage isn't worn to help a person blend into their surroundings, it has the complete opposite effect – who’d have thought it?
Camouflage is always there, lurking in the background, hiding behind a tree - it’s what it’s good at. Like every other trend, it dips in and out but when it’s in, it’s IN - and all of a sudden people are dressed head to toe in the stuff, walking round like John Rambo (minus the machine gun and bandana). With the pattern currently enjoying a renaissance we thought we’d have a look at some of the best camo gear around at the moment.
A.P.C. Military Parka - £299
Though it won’t improve your marksman skills on Call of Duty, it will help you achieve that flawless military style a la: Martin Sheen in Apocalypse Now. Made from 100% cotton heavy-duty woodland camo, this military parka from French outfitters A.P.C. is top drawer. It comes with 4 pockets, two hand warmers for those days when you forget your gloves and two larger front pockets, providing plenty of room for your wallet, keys and Swiss army knife…
Beams Plus Camouflage pants - £199
A camouflage jacket is one thing, but a pair of trousers is a whole different ball game. You will need some serious confidence to pull these off. Japanese Americana reproduction experts: Beams Plus are slowly paving their way to fashion world domination and are now available in a handful of shops in the UK. These chino’s are made from 100% cotton hunter camouflage, coming in a tapered fit, with two rear pockets, two slanted front pockets and a small coin pocket for all your loose change. For a more affordable option, see your local army surplus.
If you’re going to go the whole hog, you will want to throw some accessories in there too. The Tarras bag from Barbour is a great functional everyday bag. It has a spacious main compartment with two front pockets, providing ample space for work tools such as a laptop, notepads and pens. There is also enough room for an overnight stay’s worth of clothes. Constructed from camouflage sylkoil waxed cotton, this bag is will not only keep your possessions well concealed but dry too.
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