Tuesday, March 19, 2013

OOTD: How to Style Camo Pants

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I was a little hesitant about buying a pair of Gap skimmers in camo print (now sold out).  Said hesitation mostly stemmed from childhood memories of  "chongas" (Miami reference) who, to me, were intimidating girls who wore oversized camouflage pants (paired with tight spandex bra-tops), who snarled and growled their way through middle school. Yikes!

Luckily, in adult hood, those girls are nowhere to be found and camo print got a makeover!

You can find these pants everywhere:

Loft even came out with a cool camo print skirt.

  Below are my tips on how to style camo or army print pants!

Here's my how-to for Camo wear: (under the link)

1. Building block:  As with all outfits, build your outfit around one key piece.  For this post we are going to start building around the camo skinny jeans.

My eyelet top is old Juicy, but DV top is similar. or try this one also from DV.
  Here for a more affordable version.

2. Color Pairings and Be Girly:  The camo print is innately masculine, so frill it up.  Wearing a delicate lace top, or an eyelet top like the one I'm wearing in these pictures, creates an interesting match.  Peplum works well too.  I like girly tops with puff sleeves, as well.  Color choices like bright pink and white or cream pair well with the camouflage print.  Heather gray works too, surprisingly enough.  A lot of bloggers like to pair this print with red, but I really dislike how camo pairs with red, I just don't like the contrast.

3. Sparkle!: Accessorize with sparkles, sequins  glitter, bows!  This point follows the same logic as number 2.  I like how gold and navy accessories look with this print.

Earrings are from Gilt

4.  Heels Heels Heels:  I think that camo skinny pants work best with heels of all sorts: skinny stilleto sandals or pointy pumps.  Silver is a great color choice for this print.  I also like how this look works with nude shoes, like I'm wearing in these pictures.  A really feminine heel can keep things fashion forward and  on trend without making it seem like you're literally about to go off into combat.

What I Wore: 
Jeans: 1969 Always Skinny Skimmer Jeans  (soldout, so these are my second favorite from Gap) These run true to size.  They're  lightweight, and not heavy. White/Ecru pair here.
Similar camo styles  here and here.
Earrings (Gilt).  Similar styles on Bauble Bar site.
Top: Juicy Couture (old) eyelet blouse.  Similar here here
Shoes: Saks.  Similar here & here.
Blazer: French Connection.  Similar here here & here)
Cuff: Juicy Couture Perfectly Gifted Pave Pyramid leather cuff bracelet and Gorjana Sadie wrap bracelet.
Hair Bow: My cousin Victoria :)


  1. GORGEOUS GIRL! This is such a great style tutorial! I have cameo pants at my work, and I'm always looking at them figuring out what I could do! I love your earrings, perfect colors. I really should start wearing earring again, if the holes didn't close up. haha.

    GREAT post! :)

    xo KCN

  2. Great look! I love the mix of camo with feminine pieces.

    xo Marie

  3. Absolutely love. So want to get these... have a thing for camo and you styled it so good. That blazer is a find.

  4. Chongas sound pretty frightening to me!
    But thankfully this is a far cry from it, and could lace and those heels make the camo any sweeter?
    Chic on the Cheap

  5. you and jessica quirk are totally on the same page today! i personally could never pull off camo but i love the look on you and the updated skinny pant by Gap.

    xo julesinflats.com

  6. So pretty! Those pants fit you so well - love them.

    xo, alison*elle

  7. Great tips. I absolutely agree that you should girlify camo to come up with more interesting looks. I always try to do this with loose fitting pants, masculine pants in general (see here).

    As for the red against camo thing... I'm usually turned off by bright red and olive together, since it looks very Castro-like to me. Lol. Which is a shame, because I actually like the color combination, if done successfully, without coming off as Christmasy. But the communism connotation just doesn't sit well with me.

  8. Totally cute look! I'm scared of army print too, but you made me want to bust out my army green skinny pants again, with heels of course! ;)


  9. Love them with that eyelet tee - so cute!

    The Other Side of Gray

  10. Cool pants!! love it :)


    A chic kiss ;)

  11. I know guys in the states do not dress well at all. It is amazing when you go abroad, like being in a candy shop! This look is great wish is it was warm enough to wear it here.

    Ali of


  12. Love how you styled the camo pants. I agree that adding a bit of 'girly' is essential. Great look!

  13. LOVE camo pants & LOVE how you style them with so much femininity!


  14. Great look, honey! Definitely a huge departure from a chonga.:D

  15. ahhh those camo pants look amazing on you! your legs look soo soooo long!! i love that cobalt JC bracelet!

  16. Love the chonga reference! I'm a Miami girl too, so I know exactly what you're talking about. I've always loved camo print (I guess I'm a chonga) and I think it's great that it's made a comeback. The way you styled the camo pants looks amazing!

  17. i have been wanting to buy a pair, but am a little hesitant. however, after seeing your outfit, i think i may have to run to the gap today!! i love this look!

  18. Ha ha, I remember seeing those girls on TV. Where I live people who hunt wear camo so that's why I've been hesitant to wear it. You look so cute! I think you look chic and nothing like stereotypical camo-wearers.


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  19. I love this post because I have been wanting a pair of camo pants... just worried I can't pull them off! Absolutely LOVE the way you styled them and your heels are adorable! :)

  20. You could not have styled those pants better, you look amazing! I would rock these all the time if I had your long legs. :) Love the shoes too, such a perfect pairing with the pants.

  21. I loved it so much in IG.....but I have to see the big pictures & I'm not disappointed....this is one sexy & cool camo pair I've ever seen!!! And those Chanel sunnies definitely cant be ignored!!! :-)


  22. I love how you "femininized" the camo look, especially with that adorb Juicy top. Great tutorial on how to put together a look.
    xo Natasha

  23. Thanks so much for sharing this! I usually don't wear cameo but you make it look so easy and feminine xo

  24. Great ideas on the camo skinnies! Oh you're making me want to buy those!

  25. Camo skinnies are looking zoo zoo good on you!! Love em!

    -Lauren at adorn la femme

  26. love how you paired the camo with neutrals!!! chic!

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  27. OMG I own these pants too...aren't they EVERYTHING. So comfy, chic and on trend. I'm going to try pairing them with my white eyelet peplum from LOFT...you've inspired me!
    WHAT I WORE: tip to toe!


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