Camouflage isn’t just for boys

By Bailey Pennington
Times-News correspondent
teens20@thetimesnews.com

A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” cast members (courtesy of Us Weekly)

   In today’s society, camouflage is typically associated with the male sex, hunting and a southern way of living. However, there is a twist in this idea — camouflage isn’t just for boys.
Camouflage first emerged in the military as a tool for restricting exposure to opposing military forces. Later, this same idea was used for hunting as a way to elude game. It wasn’t until the 1970s that camo was completely introduced into the fashion world. Camouflage now exists beyond the reaches of military and hunting gear and can be found as purses, belts, jewelry and even prom dresses. So where does this history leave the camouflage image?
   Girls, yes girls, are quickly becoming well-known camouflage wearers — and for a variety of reasons. For men, camouflage has been known to represent work wear for many years, whereas with females the reasons are more complex. Some women utilize camouflage for its intended purpose of hunting and military gear, while others take a more stylistic approach.
Camouflage once held a stigma associated with southern pride and “rednecks,” but it is now representative of urbanism and power. It is no longer uncommon to see females rockin’ camo as a fashion statement. Whether accented with a shade of pink or studded with jewels, camouflage has quickly become a staple print, similar to leopard and zebra prints. Many ladies now own camouflage shirts, skirts, dresses and accessories in varying colors and styles. The tactical items of camouflage, such as Carhartt jackets and Mossy Oak gear, are still widely used. Although not all women partake in this camo trend, its popularity for both men and women remains true. Whether for work or beauty, camouflage has taken hold in society and will not be changing any time soon.

Bailey Pennington is a rising sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Teens & Twenties writer.

 

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