Dos and Dont’s for Wearing Camo

Camo might seem masculine and tough, but the truth is, it looks better on women than it does on most men. It is all just a matter of how you style it. Assuming you do not want to look like you are wearing army fatigues or auditioning for the next season of Duck Dynasty, here are some dos and don’ts you might want to keep in mind.

DO accessorize ~ Camo is a very masculine print — which is why it looks so cool on women — but accessorizing will help keep you from looking too boyish. Simple metallic jewelry in gold and silver is cool and feminine, but not overly girly. Try a smaller, cross-body bag as opposed to a larger carryall and opt for high heels or a feminine pair of ballet flats as opposed to sneakers or flat, chunky boots.

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DON’T wear it head-to-toe ~ Camo is great on everything from jeans to dresses to bags, but limit yourself to one camo piece at a time if you do not want to look like you are going hunting in the woods.

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DO add color ~ Camo looks great paired with black, white, and other neutrals, but it also works with bold neons and even soft pastels. Adding a little color helps soften the look and makes it feel a little more fun.

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DO show some skin ~ You want to show at least a little skin when you are wearing camo, so it does not look like you are dressing like a Marine.

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DON’T mix it with animal print ~ Camo and animal prints often look very similar, so when you mix them together the whole outfit can start to feel a little busy.  If you really want to try camo print mixing, make sure to break it up with some solid pieces as well. Plaid and other linear prints work best, but in small doses.

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DO wear it in unexpected places ~ Camo jeans and shirts are great and all, but the freshest way to wear camo is on strictly feminine pieces like dresses, pumps, mini skirts, and even lingerie. An unexpected flash of camo is great for adding just a hint of tough-girl edge to a look.

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DON’T be shapeless ~ Camo clothing can be a little overwhelming when it starts to lose its shape. Even if you are wearing something on the looser, more relaxed side, you want to make sure you balance that out with something more fitted, so the look does not get too masculine.

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DO wear it at night ~ Camo is not just for daytime. It looks really good with anything sparkly or metallic, which makes it perfect for going out. Transition a basic jeans and T-shirt look to evening with a camo clutch and some metallic accessories, or add a gold belt to a camo pencil skirt and a low-cut top for a date look that’s sexy and cool.

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Inspiration from Pinterest.

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