Sunday, February 27, 2011

A Consideration on Camouflage

Camo has been making the move out of the woods and military operations as of late. No longer the sign of redneck hunters or militia wannabes, its been popping up in alot of normal wardrobes and lines, with the frequent combination of camo pants and a blazer. Over the past year or so both Gitman Brothers and Hamilton Shirt Co. have (or will) release a camo dress shirt, and both Epaulet and Mark McNairy have released camo pants, with the latter of the two also releasing a camo accented wingtip. Personally, I feel the addition of camo into ones closet works best with pants.

I’ve been going back and forth over these double sided digital camo Rivet Chinos from Epaulet for some time now. Woodland camo on the outside, and desert camo on the inside, Epaulet describes the fit as being, 'a classic slim-straight fit that's not "skinny" [with] a medium-low rise and a small leg opening.' They have a button fly, which I always prefer over a zipper, and other nice details include a tapped rear seam, hickory-stripe cotton twill pockets, and a hidden coin pocket. Also take note of the herringbone twill running the full length of each leg, giving the outside seam a nice clean finish. On one hand, I already have a number of great pairings in mind, and I think they could add a nice touch of the unexpected to my “work-wear” heavy (and proud of it) wardrobe. On the other hand, as a civilian living on an American military base I tend to shy away from camo of any sorts to avoid any posturing. Either way, by the time I get around to making up my mind and figuring out my sizing, they probably won’t be available anymore.

Not to talk apples and oranges in the form of cargos and chinos here, and I’m not sure whether these were out before the various Mark McNairy camo pants (nor can I argue or compare the quality of two), but at $80-100 less these are a much more budget-friendly alternative than the McNairys.

I think the double sided camo of the Epaulet Chinos is an interesting detail over the McNairy offerings that will look great with a small cuff or roll, and I’m not quite ready to adopt the resurgence of side-pocket cargo pants yet, slimmer fit or not, so personally these definitely win out over the McNairy options when it comes to adding any camo to my wardrobe.

Made in the good ol' U.S.A. by the way.


  1. I suppose it was bound to happen that Camo would eventually make it's way into mainstream fashion, although I doubt that it will really be mainstream. I think that a select few will choose to wear it as a fashion statement.

    I think that it has it's place. I still can not help but associate Camo with our military and I see it as a badge of honor for them. I see it every day in the airport as I watch our young men and women of the Army, Navy Airforce and Marine Corps flying out en route to Afghanistan, Iraq and other foreign fields of operation. Occasionally, I see it on civilians as a fashion statement and personally, although I do NOT see it as "Posturing," nor do I feel offended by their choice of garment, I just don't "feel" it. It's sort of like wearing "Steam Punk" to a mainstream wedding. It just doesn't fit. Everyone does, however, have the right to wear whatever they feel comfortable in though, I suppose.

    I do myself occasionally wear camo, however, I wear it when I am in an outdoor setting, fishing most often, although I am about to purchase some for Turkey hunting, which is something new to me this season. I won't be trying to make a fashion statement, and I'll never wear my "Real-tree" to church, but I do hope that I can fool a "Thunder-chicken" or two into thinking that I'm not there, and perhaps I'll get to put a nice piece of meat on the dinner table. By the way, does that make me a "Redneck hunter?"

    I did enjoy reading your blog! Thanks

  2. My use of "redneck hunters" here simply refers to some of the people I saw growing up who would wear the same hunting boots and surplus camo they wore for hunting to school or out shopping or out to eat, regardless of if it was actually hunting season or not. I'm by no means trying to imply that all hunters are rednecks, so hopefully not to many people will think that upon first glance and stop reading right there. In fact, I'm considering taking up duck hunting myself whenever I return to the states.