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military camo for fashion

spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
I recently saw a skirt online made from olive green military camouflage (see below), and I decided I wanted to replicate it for myself (minus the frayed edges).

Honestly, I've always like the look of military-like camo but was always ambivalent about appropriating it for civilian fashion.

I went ahead and bought the fabric...can't return it. But I had a coupon so it wasn't terribly expensive. I'm feeling a little conflicted now and thinking I should start over w/ something else (esp since a boardie co-signed that she didn't like the idea either).

There were alternative olive camo type fabrics there (that do not look military, that involve olive colored trees or olive colored animal print, etc). But I just went ahead and bought the military-look fabric bc I just like it! And also bc I wanted to replicate the look in the picture pretty closely.

Do you have ethical dilemmas wearing military-like olive camo or fatigues?

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  • xcptnlxcptnl Posts: 15,678Registered Users
    I do not have any ethical issues with it. I am just not a fan of camouflage print. A friends father wears it all the time - head to toe All can think of is him when I see it and how we joke about how we cannot 'see' him.
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  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    ^^ cannot see him LOL

  • theliothelio Posts: 5,374Registered Users
    I remember after 9/11 military fashion was in high demand. I had some great pieces. I also repurposed my uniforms from NJROTC. Even before 9/11, I would wear my nametag and pins.
  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    thelio wrote: »
    I remember after 9/11 military fashion was in high demand. I had some great pieces. I also repurposed my uniforms from NJROTC. Even before 9/11, I would wear my nametag and pins.

    Before 9-11??
    Why did I think you were 18 yrs old? LOL

  • JosephineJosephine Posts: 14,175Registered Users
    No but curious what would any ethical dilemmas be? I have military camo pants that i havent worn in years, a cap and a skirt..I love the style and print but i think it went out of style for a while so i stopped, that and I got too big for them lol.
  • theliothelio Posts: 5,374Registered Users
    thelio wrote: »
    I remember after 9/11 military fashion was in high demand. I had some great pieces. I also repurposed my uniforms from NJROTC. Even before 9/11, I would wear my nametag and pins.

    Before 9-11??
    Why did I think you were 18 yrs old? LOL

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  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Josephine wrote: »
    No but curious what would any ethical dilemmas be? I have military camo pants that i havent worn in years, a cap and a skirt..I love the style and print but i think it went out of style for a while so i stopped, that and I got too big for them lol.

    Well, that's it's not for civilian fashion and decoration but a uniform for servicepersonnel who die on the frontlines protecting us.
    :sad3:
    The US military uniforms were digital for the past 8 or 9 years but I heard they are returning to the free-form splotches.

    I've never personally owned anything camo but my daughter has had clothing in the camo print but only in pink or purple.

  • sleepymekosleepymeko Posts: 1,002Registered Users
    I'm starting to love military fashion RN, especially camouflage. I'm going to buy an Obey hat with camouflage print.

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  • theliothelio Posts: 5,374Registered Users
    Dig that hat!
  • xcptnlxcptnl Posts: 15,678Registered Users
    ^^ cannot see him LOL

    See who? :)

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  • nynaeve77nynaeve77 Posts: 7,135Registered Users
    I've never had a problem with military inspired fashion. I think it looks nice; it's usually nicely tailored and crisp looking. I do have and wear my dad's service peacoat; he gave it to me in high school. It's super well-made because he wore it in the 70s and it was actually from WWII. It's still in amazing shape.

    Also, I LOVE the model's hair in your picture. I want mine to have height like that!!
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  • Who Me?Who Me? Posts: 3,181Registered Users
    I feel like camo print was super trendy around 1999-2000. I had at least one tank top. I remember friends having a "camo party" around that time where everyone wore camo. I have no issues with it, although I don't think it's generally a very attractive look--but that's prob just my style.
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  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Posts: 17,502Registered Users
    I wore it for a living for two decades. I'm not about to wear it for pleasure, now.
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  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Posts: 17,502Registered Users
    Josephine wrote: »
    No but curious what would any ethical dilemmas be? I have military camo pants that i havent worn in years, a cap and a skirt..I love the style and print but i think it went out of style for a while so i stopped, that and I got too big for them lol.


    If you're a service member, or former one, wearing actual uniform articles isn't allowed, though the Navy makes allowance for peacoats.

    I'm not a fan myself. I earned wearing it. I don't like seeing it as cutesy fashion, especially in something ridiculous like pink. But, lots of people like it.
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  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Posts: 17,502Registered Users
    I wore it for a living for two decades. I'm not about to wear it for pleasure, now.

    ETA. I do wear my old peacoat, though
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  • curlysue21curlysue21 Posts: 5,219Registered Users
    That particular pattern is no longer used for uniforms. It is now a geometric type print which is favorable for combat in urban environments.

    Anyhoo I don't take issue with wearing one camo piece by itself but am not okay with a head to toe look.

    Personally I love the old school PT t-shirts but not for fashion, but comfort!
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  • NarniaNarnia Posts: 1,770Registered Users
    Who Me? wrote: »
    I feel like camo print was super trendy around 1999-2000. I had at least one tank top. I remember friends having a "camo party" around that time where everyone wore camo. I have no issues with it, although I don't think it's generally a very attractive look--but that's prob just my style.

    Yes this. I think the last think I owned that was camo was a tank when I was, oh, 9?
    I just really hate camo and it makes me think of "trailer park" fashion. Or little boys' fashion


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  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,251Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I love all kinds of camo (military, hunting, winter, desert). I have camo yoga pants on right now.
    I had a fantastic camo field jacket back in school 35+ years ago. Got it at the Army-Navy store. I don't think I've not had a piece of camo in my wardrobe in all the years since then, so I don't find it trendy at all.
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  • murrrcatmurrrcat Posts: 9,596Registered Users
    yea thats old school camo,

    one time I saw Cady Heron wearing army pants and flip flops, so I bought army pants and flip flops.....
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  • *Marah**Marah* Posts: 8,032Registered Users
    For me, it's not an ethical dilemma. I think for most civilians that wear it look at it as just a pattern on a piece of material that they like...it's "fashion".

    I love camo cargo pants (or cargo shorts/skirt), flip flops, with a fitted gray or jet black t-shirt, and mirrored aviator sunglasses. :glasses1: I think military inspired looks can be fantastic if done correctly and paired with the right thing. I love Navy peacoats and have several.
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  • *Marah**Marah* Posts: 8,032Registered Users
    I wore it for a living for two decades. I'm not about to wear it for pleasure, now.

    LOL..you "sound" like my husband. He seems to cringe at the thought of wearing anything military or military inspired. He says he had enough of that when he served his country! :)
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  • FieryCurlsFieryCurls Posts: 2,904Registered Users
    I live at a huge military installation. My husband is about to get out. No, you shouldn't be wearing military camo unless you are a service member.

    This has been the Army's digicam uniform for the past several years. It's what my husband deployed in.
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    This is their mulicam uniform now and what he would be deploying in if he were staying in.
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  • murrrcatmurrrcat Posts: 9,596Registered Users
    my brothers looks nothing like that.....
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  • sariroosariroo Posts: 1,958Registered Users
    Maybe it is just my screen but I have never seen Army uniforms like the first one. They have never been that bright. They are much more subdued in color, like this one:

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    I like the skirt in the original post and think if you can pull it off, go ahead and wear it. The Army, Navy, AF, and Marines don't wear uniforms like that anymore. I tend not to like camo as a trend for clothing because when you see it all the time, it stops being interesting. But if you don't live on a base or fairly close to a base, you will be fine.
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  • Fifi.GFifi.G Posts: 15,490Registered Users
    In the early 90's I had some camo pants that I cut off into long shorts, and I had a couple camo shirts/tanks in the late 90's. They both had logo's of some type on them.

    I always liked wearing my dads o.d greens better than camo. I have several thin jackets and shirts that he wore in the Army. He gave them to me when I was in high school and my last name is on the patch. I paired them with tanks, jeans, mini skirts, t shirts and always wore my Doc's.

    I did once get cussed in the high school cafeteria, by a teacher, for wearing a NC highway patrol shirt (no name tags on it, just the SHP shoulder patches) with a mini skirt and combat boots. Her son was former military and a trooper. According to her I was dishonoring him. She insisted I go to the principals office. He listened to her hysterical (and I do mean hysterical) rant and told her to apologize to me before he kicked her out of his office. That was a strange experience, but not as strange as the scandalous sex ring her son got busted in a few years later.

    ^to clarify... It wasn't his shirt. :D It was given to my dad by a former trooper, for my Halloween costume. What can I say, I liked it.

    And I love the camo skirt in question.


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  • FieryCurlsFieryCurls Posts: 2,904Registered Users
    sariroo wrote: »
    Maybe it is just my screen but I have never seen Army uniforms like the first one. They have never been that bright. They are much more subdued in color, like this one:

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    I like the skirt in the original post and think if you can pull it off, go ahead and wear it. The Army, Navy, AF, and Marines don't wear uniforms like that anymore. I tend not to like camo as a trend for clothing because when you see it all the time, it stops being interesting. But if you don't live on a base or fairly close to a base, you will be fine.

    Hmmm, it's appearing correctly on my screen.
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  • Jess the MessJess the Mess Posts: 5,844Registered Users
    FieryCurls wrote: »
    sariroo wrote: »
    Maybe it is just my screen but I have never seen Army uniforms like the first one. They have never been that bright. They are much more subdued in color, like this one:

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    I like the skirt in the original post and think if you can pull it off, go ahead and wear it. The Army, Navy, AF, and Marines don't wear uniforms like that anymore. I tend not to like camo as a trend for clothing because when you see it all the time, it stops being interesting. But if you don't live on a base or fairly close to a base, you will be fine.

    Hmmm, it's appearing correctly on my screen.

    I've noticed that before in another thread with pics.


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  • AmnerisAmneris Posts: 15,117Registered Users
    I have an ethical dilemma with it and I won't wear it or let my kids wear it.

    My ethical dilemma is that it glorifies and trivializes militarism and violence and I am a pacifist.
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  • SpiderSpider Posts: 3,380Registered Users
    Yea the green jungle camo is fashion, the tan pixel or new hybrid multicam is uniform. My boys have a few articles of clothes with the old jungle pattern and I have a pair of casual cargo pants in a faded print that I wear around home or for errands. But that shirt/ outfit is cute enough to wear to work.
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  • theliothelio Posts: 5,374Registered Users
    I wore my NJROTC pins and certain pieces out of pride. I always wanted to join the military so I figured I should get use to it, but just couldnt gain the wieght, pee in front of a strange lady and they didnt trust my eyesight. but I still wore military inspired fashion out of respect for my friends, family and others who do serve, kinda as a way of saying I wish I could join you. I dont like war, and I feel we go to war for anything. But I would always have respect for our troops and support them. They ar just doing there job. But I dont like the off the wall colors like pink. that should never be made.
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