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Camouflage – can grown men wear it?

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It won't die, will it? And it's certainly everywhere this season, in fashion shoots and in storefronts, on jackets and vests and bags. The patterns vary – they're not all the classic hunter's combination of forest green and brown.

Camo in jagged greys and other geometric or op-art patterns are just as popular. It's part of the workwear trend that has got men mixing rugged items with fine ones – boots and plaid with bow ties, for example. Guys think that the military associations of camo are going to make them look tough, as if they might just break out a shotgun and take down a passing duck at any given moment. I'm not so sure.

Teenagers wear a lot of camo because it makes them look like army guys. I'm no army guy. And I don't hunt. Do you? Are you going to hunt here, in this Starbucks?

I get that camo is often worn ironically – particularly by the bow-tie crowd, which is just playing with pattern and register. Obviously a camo computer case is pure irony.

But I don't believe in ironic dressing. Elegance is too serious a matter for me. I find camo patterns universally unflattering and juvenile.

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