Ask Avery: Fancy pants
blog by Avery Hartmans • October 04, 2013 @ 10:08am
I’ve been seeming camo pants everywhere lately but I don’t know how to wear them. What do I wear them with and can I even pull them off in the first place?
My deep and unwavering love for camo knows no bounds. Shorts, jackets, shoes, bags — you name it, I probably would like to own it in camo print.
But pants are a big commitment, if only for the amount surface area. Like any patterned pant, it’s definitely a risk and if you’re new at this, you’ll want to play it safe. Although camo print could be combined with a number of other patterns for a super-chic effect, you’re going to want to stick with solid colors on top for now.
Don’t be afraid to test out different styles, however. Just because you’re wearing camo print doesn’t mean you have to go all “G.I. Jane” with your outfit. It’ll be easier to incorporate these pants into your wardrobe if you treat them like just another pair of jeans or skinnies and wear them with tops you already own.
If you try to dress like someone you’re not, or take the Army theme too far, you’ll just look like you’re in costume. We still have weeks to go until Halloween, people. Relax.
Option No. 1
Something about wearing camo always brings out the tomboy in me. So if you’re a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl at heart, you’ll have no problem wearing your numerous graphic tees with camo skinnies. Heather gray, black and white will all easily pair with camo, but don’t be afraid to test out other colors as well. If you think of camouflage as what it actually is — a way to blend in — then you can essentially wear it with anything.
To complete your tomboy look, throw on a pair of lace-up sneakers in a solid color, grab your trusty jean jacket for the chilly fall afternoons and top it all off with an embellished baseball cap in a fall hue for a touch of femininity. You may be able to hang with the boys, but you’ll look better than all of them.
Option No. 2
I bet you never thought your camo pants could transition into nighttime, but they’re actually the perfect way to spice up a boring night-out ensemble. Go for a paired-down, 90s look with a strappy silk cami in a fall hue underneath a long tuxedo-style vest for a little masculine-feminine contrast.
When it comes to accessories, keep it simple. Don’t go crazy with your jewelry and opt for pointy-toe pumps with ankle straps and a leopard envelope clutch for an extra pop of pattern. In such a streamlined outfit, you can let your pants do all the talking.
Option No. 3
Sweater weather is sure to arrive soon — it better, anyway — and when it does, you’ll be ready. An oversized knit in an autumnal shade like camel will transition your pants into fall, and black studded booties will ensure that you look ready for some cold weather.
An off-white cross-body bag will hold everything you need and make sure your outfit looks daytime casual, while a badass statement necklace will tie the whole thing together. In this outfit, you’ll look super tough but stay cozy at the same time. What more could a girl want?
Image courtesy of Christina Couto