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Camouflage Clothing: What Ignited This Style Trend?

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Although the end of the first month of the new year is right around the corner, Old Man Winter's grip is still strong. Sure, the bitter cold temperatures don't always feel good, but the cold weather gives you time to have fun with winter style trends, such as camo clothing for men and women.

Camouflage clothing is literally everywhere. From the fashion capitals of the world to the back woods of the rural south, it seems that just about everyone is going camo clad, and for good reason; camouflage is incredibly easy to style. Unlike other prints and patterns such as florals, plaids, and even animal prints, camouflage has a unique versatility that's appealing to both men and women.

But how did camouflage infiltrate the fashion industry? The French, of course.

During WWII, the French military commissioned two artists to create a pattern that would conceal their troops, gear, equipment, and vehicles from enemy forces. After its success during the war, camouflage was adopted by armies across the globe, though each country or army has its own distinct pattern.

Camo clothing made it back onto the scene during the late 1960s and early 1970s when returning Vietnam War veterans turned activists began protesting the war efforts while donning their camouflage fatigues. It was truly a powerful statement.

This inspired hunters to create a camouflage pattern all their own, and in the 1970s, avid hunter Jim Crumley designed a pattern using a magic marker.

It wasn't until the 1980s that camo clothing actually became a bona fide style trend. Members of the underground punk rock, alternative, and grunge movements in the late 1980s and early 1990s began wearing camouflage and pairing it with older military-inspired pieces such as combat boots and closely cropped hair.

Since that time, camouflage has sparked an entire fashion and style movement, and has since made its way into home design and decorating. There's even camouflage ice cream!

So the only question is, how do you camo?

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