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Chic Camo Is A Thing And Here's What You Need To Ace It

These camo pieces are a little less Cadet Kelly and a little more downtown chic

Anyone who’s watched Cadet Kelly knows that girls too can pull of camouflage without a hitch. Like any of the borrowed-from-the-boys-trends, size, fit and tailoring are key. So here are 10 pieces that are the 2.0 of #camostyle (they’re slicker and slimmer) and are guaranteed to not make you look like you’ve leapt out of a ‘90s music video. But hey, if that’s your thing, no one’s judging.

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Quilted tote bag, $69.90, Zara
Everybody loves a classic BBT (aka the basic black/brown tote), but for days where you’re looking for something that says “hey, she must be a stylish globetrotter” or if you just want to make sure you never miss your bag on an airport baggage carousel ever again, this camo one fits the bill. Targo trousers, $96.90, Topshop
These cargo trousers prove that you don’t need bells and whistles to make cargo look modern. A straight leg looks slicker next to camo’s usual baggy rep and simply changing up the print makes it more designer and less army-issued. Cotton shirt, $59.90, Stradivarius
Nobody’s saying you can’t treat camo like a neutral when it’s in a darker print like this Stradivarius one. Hint: it looks best when you pair it with dark washes of denim or something tailored underneath like wool trousers or palazzo pants. Eres Aquarelle polyamide swimsuit, US$360 (S$494), www.net-a-porter.com
You might know of Eres aka the “Rolls Royce of Swimwear” for its second-skin flattering fit and how their pieces look good as swimwear or as a bodysuit. What you might not know though: While most people will tend towards black or brightly coloured swimsuits, be that cool chick in the camo one. Crofton crossbody bag, $39, Timberland
When streetwear brands such as Supreme and Off-white have officially made the SAF E-Mart utility bag a “thing”, it’s hard for us to frown on what was once a bag no one thought was stylish. The added bonus of such a utility bag are its exterior and interior pockets and an adjustable sling we’re sure you won’t complain about. Rubber camo sliders, $18.50, www.asos.com
Pardon the pun but anybody who wants to dip their toes into the camo print trend, these sliders won’t break the bank. Even if they’re not for you, they’re still comfy enough for you to hit the beach or pool with them. Cargo camouflage jacket, $59.90, Pull & Bear
You might be intimidated at first by the fluorescent orange on this particular jacket but as long as you stick to this rule — this is the third colour you should be wearing in your outfit of neutral colours (white, black, navy blue or creams) — you’ll stand out in a sea of denim jackets and black blazers. New Era 9FORTY cap, $35, JD Sports
Another way to ease yourself into the camo print trend, the camo cap works exactly the same way as the sliders we’ve mentioned: If they’re really not for you, just use it for something else which in this case, are bad hair days. Cotton socks (sold in a pair), $20, Adidas
Fact 1: No one is going to complain about having a new pair of socks especially when they’re as comfortable as the one from Adidas (they’re made from a stretchy cotton). Fact 2: If you end up preferring the black version, we’re pretty sure the man in your life wouldn’t mind the camo printed one.