The military look, camouflage clothing or even olive tones are nothing new, but this season and last season have seen a resurgence of these looks and colours. It would be a shame to not open the doors to your wardrobe to some of the 50 Shades of Olive.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a bit partial to some greenery in my wardrobe. You name it, I’ve probably got them in some shade of green/olive/camouflage – coat, t-shirts, sneakers, socks, jogger pants, shorts. The list goes on.
Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not a sea of green, just some selected pieces. My main stable is still blacks, blues and greys, but I always make sure I have some seasonal fashion colours in the mix. Hence the current olive tones!
The great part about olive as a colour is that it comes in a wide variety of shades. A lot of people throw it in a pile with green, but in essence it is a very dark yellow that has black or grey added to it to various degrees. All the shades above are varieties of olive so I’m sure you’ll be able to find one or two you can use to mix and match with.
Just don’t make the mistake like double-denim – mixing two of the same tones of colour often is not the greatest combination and might make some people feel compelled to call the fashion police.
Camo style has been around since, well, camouflage was used by hunters (and the military). It mixes various tones of olive to create a pattern of sorts to make you “blend” into the foliage. Not that that is going to happen in the urban jungle, but you get the idea.
The exception to the rule of wearing two similar colours together is when you mix around with patterns. Camo and a solid colour of a similar tone does work. I’d still be careful with full camo outfits, you just look a bit like a try-hard and that’s never a good thing. Just stick to one of your clothing pieces in camo format.
The possibilities are endless with casual dress. An old time favourite is the bomber jacket in olive or cargo pants (not the ones from the outdoor shop – fashionable ones). Mix it with an opposite colour like light grey or white or darker colour tones such as blue or even red if you’re feeling adventurous. Brown shoes or suedes go well with olive toned pants, in case you were wondering.
One of my recent purchases, the PUMA B.O.G.s, are actually olive tone AND camo at the same time.
As I’ve mentioned in previous articles, I’m quite fortunate to work in an industry that is quite informal when it comes to work attire. However, if you do have to dress up, why not consider olive tones to stand out from the other “business drones” who wear black, grey or blue suits. If your office is a little bit more relaxed and you don’t have to wear a full suit, consider getting an olive coloured jacket to mix things up.
Casual Friday’s in your CBD/downtown office is also a great opportunity to show of your style with maybe some slim chinos in an olive tone, nice crisp white shirt and some cognac coloured loafers and belt…..and voila, you look schmick and like a million bucks!