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Can "Camouflage Uniform" And Fashion Be Only Two Parallel Lines?

DATE: Feb 20th, 2023
At the end of World War II, camouflage uniforms first appeared, mostly "three-color camouflage uniforms". After the war, some countries led by the United States were equipped with "four-color camouflage uniforms".

What is camouflage?

Camouflage uniform is a basic type of training uniform. "Camouflage" is a new type of protective color with irregular patterns composed of green, yellow, tea, black and other colors. The camouflage uniform requires that its reflected light waves are roughly the same as those reflected by the surrounding scenery, which can not only confuse the enemy's naked eye reconnaissance, but also deal with infrared reconnaissance, making it difficult for the enemy's modern reconnaissance equipment to capture the target. Camouflage uniforms first appeared as camouflage clothing. 

The origin of camouflage.

The earliest use of camouflage color uniforms was the British Army. In December 1864, British Captain Harry Banat Ramsteen organized an irregular "British Army Reconnaissance Team" in the Peshawar area of Pakistan. When making military uniforms for the reconnaissance team, Ramstin chose the khaki military uniforms for the convenience of camouflage during reconnaissance, considering the characteristics of the local yellow land being exposed and windy. In subsequent combat operations, this military uniform played a better camouflage effect. Originated from the camouflage clothing of Scottish bird hunters, the prototype of camouflage clothing can be traced back to Scotland's "Ghillie Suit". It was originally a camouflage tool used by hunters. According to legend, it was invented by hunter Ghillie. It is mainly used to hide in the jungle and paralyze birds for hunting. The original auspicious suit is a coat decorated with many ropes and cloth strips. It has a good concealment effect in a dense vegetation environment, and it is difficult for even alert birds to find it.

The development of camouflage uniforms.

The auspicious suit was popularized in World War II and was renamed as "Sniper suit". Snipe (sniper bird) is known for its fast action and difficult hunting, and those who are good at hunting this kind of bird are called Sniper , and later became a proper term for a sniper.

In 1899, the British army invaded South Africa and fought the "British Boer War" with the local Dutch descendants of the Boers. The Boers had fewer troops and the British had more troops. The ratio of troops between the two sides was about 1:5. But the Boers found that the British army wore red uniforms, which were particularly eye-catching in the green of the forests and savannahs in South Africa, and were easily exposed. Inspired by this, the Boers immediately changed their clothing and guns to grass green to facilitate hiding in dense grass jungles. The Boers often approached the British army without anyone knowing it, and launched a sudden attack, which caught the British army by surprise, but it was difficult for the British army to find the target if they wanted to fight. Although the British army won the war in the end, the British army suffered more than 90,000 casualties, far exceeding the casualties of the Boer army.

This war made European countries realize the importance of personnel camouflage on the modern battlefield, and they changed the bright colors of military uniforms to green or yellow to achieve the purpose of concealment. After the First World War, the emergence of various optical reconnaissance equipment made it difficult for soldiers wearing a single-color military uniform to adapt to the background environment of multiple colors. In 1929, Italy developed the world's first camouflage uniform, which has four colors of brown, yellow, green and yellow-brown; in 1943, Germany equipped some soldiers with 3-color camouflage uniforms. 3-color plaques, on the one hand, these plaques can distort the outline of the human body; on the other hand, some of the plaques are similar to the background color, and some of the plaques are significantly different from the background color, visually dividing the human body shape , so as to achieve the effect of camouflage deformation.

The camouflage uniforms of the German army received very good results in actual combat. Later, armies of various countries followed suit and improved the color of the camouflage and the shape of the plaques. After the 1960s, the newly developed camouflage uniforms are made of synthetic chemical fibers, which are not only superior to the original cotton cloth materials in terms of anti-visible light reconnaissance, but also because special chemical substances are mixed into the color dyes, so that the infrared light reflection ability of the camouflage uniforms is improved. It is roughly similar to the reflection ability of the surrounding scenery, so it has a certain camouflage effect against infrared light reconnaissance.

Today, camouflage is not only used on soldiers' military uniforms and helmets, but also on various aircrafts, military vehicles and other military equipment.

New fashion items - camouflage series clothing,

Camouflage elements were originally a favorite of military enthusiasts, but with their unique fashion sense, camouflage clothing items have become an indispensable basic item in the wardrobe of trendy people who love fashion. Whether it is displayed on clothing, or injected into shoes or accessories, the camouflage element will not be obtrusive, and it can be well integrated with any fashion style and element.

It wasn't until the end of the war in the second half of the twentieth century that camouflage left the battlefield and gradually became a part of popular culture and began to appear in fashion magazines. In the 1960s, the counterculture movement was surging, and hippies took to the streets to demonstrate against the Vietnam War. They donned camouflage as a form of defiance, and camouflage has since become a symbol of the rebellious spirit.

But camouflage has really become a fashion element, thanks to Andy Warhol. He once incorporated colorful camouflage patterns into his self-portraits, linking camouflage and art. And fashion designers also imagined: why not turn this pattern into a print for everyday clothing?

Since the 1980s and 1990s, camouflage has appeared as a fashion print on the shows of Moschino, Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier and other brands. Until now, camouflage has become a frequent visitor on the men's wear show, and there are always a few brands that will launch camouflage prints every season.

At the same time, the camouflage trend also began to set off among the Brooklyn street groups in the 1980s. In the beginning, rappers and skateboarders would buy some cheap clothes from army and navy supply stores to wear. Camouflage uniforms are loved by them because of their durability and strong aura. Later, well-known rappers such as Tupac, Wu-Tang Clan and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony all wore camouflage, which established the status of camouflage in street trends.

After entering the new century, with the rise of Japanese street fashion brands such as Wtaps and A BATHING APE, rappers and street fashion lovers finally no longer need to go to military supply stores to find good-looking camouflage uniforms. A new generation of rappers such as Pharrell Williams, Lil'Wayne, Kanye and A$AP Rocky have become new fans of camouflage uniforms, and camouflage prints can often be seen in their daily looks—camouflage seems to have become a rapper The "hip-hop uniform" they have agreed upon. In recent years, as functional style and tooling have become the trend, camouflage has also returned to the trend.

Nowadays, the most popular camouflage patterns are " Digital Camouflage" and "Tree Shadow Camouflage". With the saturation of traditional camouflage patterns in the printing market, new camouflage patterns that have been improved through abstraction, digitization, and naturalization gradually occupy a dominant position.

Among them, the digital camouflage that focuses on the digital style and presents a futuristic style, and the tree shadow camouflage with a realistic appearance are the latest camouflage patterns.

How to wear camouflage elements?

I believe that most boys have a special complex for camouflage. It can give people a capable and masculine feeling, and it can also exude a jungle-like natural atmosphere. Moreover, its status in the fashion industry can be said to be unique, with versatile and fascinating trends. However, if you want to match the camouflage elements properly, you have to learn from the following three dressing rules.
  1. There should not be too many camouflage items on the upper body.

I believe everyone understands a truth, that is, when you don't know how to match, try to be as simple as possible-simple style, simple color matching.
Especially the very distinctive fashion elements like camouflage, if you are not careful, you will wear a messy reverse effect. Therefore, it is recommended to choose only one camouflage item for the whole body, at most two.

For one piece, let it be the centerpiece of your full-body look. The simplest and less error-prone way to wear is a camouflage T-shirt + black trousers or jeans, which can easily create a fashionable and rebellious City Boy street feel.

Then, if the upper body is two pieces, we must pay attention to the visual echo and the unity of camouflage pattern and color matching, otherwise it will be neither fish nor fowl.

Because camouflage is also a common element of Smart Casual, so it is more eye-catching and pleasing to wear lightly every day.

If you don’t want the tops to be camouflage elements, you might as well spend some thought on the long/shorts, especially the camouflage overall shorts, which will immediately become a tough guy after the upper body, especially those with slender calves and certain muscles. The camouflage overall shorts can play a role To modify and elongate the proportion of the legs.

It is suggested that in the selection of camouflage overall shorts, try to choose a straight type, or an A-shaped wide version with a narrow top and a wide bottom.
  1.  Use partial camouflage to create a tough temperament easily.

The so-called partial camouflage refers to items with a small amount of camouflage patterns, because the clothing with camouflage elements we usually refer to is full-page, so the military feeling will be slightly stronger.

And choosing the collocation of local camouflage can play the finishing touch and improve the overall texture. Embellishment and blessing on the basis of the original style will not give people the feeling of excessive force.
  1. Play with camouflage accessories, get twice the result with half the effort.

It is the same as the effect of partial camouflage.If you have already determined the overall dressing style you want to pursue, and you don’t want to have a large area of camouflage elements, matching some camouflage accessories appropriately is a choice that is not easy to make mistakes and has extra points.

In our daily life, the camouflage accessories we can see are nothing more than backpacks, shoes, silk scarves and ties. Then, revealing these small camouflage items intentionally or unintentionally will give others a sense of fashion scheming.