Camo will never be out of the fashion canon entirely, but it can get tired. Today’s trend is getting away from the iconic splotches of color and shifting to a solid or more blended, subtle hint of camo without as much definition. (Think sfumato from art class.) 

Ever since a soldier on leave first lent his jacket to a date, camo, short for camouflage, has become a sure thing in the world of fashion. Over the years, camo has persisted from the days of classic 80s military surplus stores to Beyonce’s sequined camo bodysuit. For many, the camo print signifies the strength of our heroes and a societal allegiance to one’s country. When appropriated by the fashion world, the camo print (which originated as a battlefield pattern) gains a new level of meaning. To this day, camo adds a bit of edge to any fashionable look.

Some trend followers are keeping that utilitarian, military look and pairing it with anything couture (stilettos included!). This can still give off that subliminal tough, bring-it-on vibe found in an energetic runway stomp or the marching of a newly trained platoon. So if you’re having trouble letting go of those favorite camo cargos, consider dying them. If kept in the same hues, a few rounds of fabric dye can take the harsh lines out of last season’s go-to. Pair them with a stylish accent piece and you have yourself a revamp of a military style that’s perfect for fall 2023.