Gents, boys and ballers — you have to blend in to stand out
Camouflage is to men, what leopard is to women — a fail-proof print that never goes out of style.
Capitalising on the pattern's inherent masculine appeal, every self-respecting style icon from Pharrell Williams and Jay-Z to Nick Wooster and Ben Stiller (here's looking at you Derek Zoolander), have incorporated the military print into their turnstile of bankable classics: Emblazoned across trousers, slathered onto blazers, and, of course, applied to shirts and parkas. Done right, and you'll look totally badass — a "Don't mess with me punk" sartorial signal to the world. Integrated incorrectly, and people will mistake you for a National Service recruit — "Thanks for serving the country, son." So, what's the key to looking stylistically legit? Just one piece of quality camo at a time. Remember: Less is more.
And what better way to work in camo than with a leather accessory. Especially for those who aren't as ostentatious as your average street style peacock, weaving in the pattern as a small punctuation point — by way of a portfolio, wallet or bag — lets you cash in on the virile aesthetic without having to dive all-in.
For spring/summer 2016, Kris Van Assche offers up some handsome camo options at Dior Homme. "For me it is always about finding codes, menswear is full of them, and this is something I love", said Van Assche of the offering that fuses military and sportswear elements. "In this collection many of the codes are traditional, but it is the accumulation of those traditions that makes it both extreme and essentially about contemporary elegance."
In short, want to look dope and sophisticated? Invest in some camo from Dior Homme. To set you on the right path, we've hand-picked our favourites and presented them in the slideshow below. You're welcome.