File Under “Never Say Never”

Style blogger Susan B. styles a pair of camo print pants with a linen rust cardigan and metallic sandals. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

How I Styled Camo Print Pants…

In all honesty, most camo print clothing has never really appealed to me. It reminded me too much of hunting or military gear. But I’ve seen a lot of cute outfits lately utilizing this print, and my stance has softened considerably. (It started with a pair of sneakers.)

Wearing: earrings (similar) | cardigan | top | pants |
bracelet (similar) | bracelet (similar) | bag (similar) | shoes

I tried these pants on a whim, and loved them from the get-go. They fit me well, they’re comfortable, and are a fun alternative to denim. Offered in Misses, Petites and Tall sizes. Here’s a very similar pair in Plus.

Summer-to-Fall Transitional Dressing

A lightweight cardigan is a perfect transitional season piece, and an easy way to incorporate some fall color into my wardrobe. This one is budget-friendly, and I was impressed with the quality. I’m wearing “Rust Bossa Nova.” It’s available in several other colors, too. Similar style in Plus.

Detail: gold-tone bracelets and Givenchy Pandora bag. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I kept the rest of the outfit soft and light to balance out the masculine vibe of the camo print. The agate bead bracelet is a promotional item from French Kande: until August 31st it’s only $14 with any purchase of $250 or more. Use code GREAT8 at checkout.

As part of my closet clear out, I’ve been going through bags and accessories that I haven’t used/worn in a while and have been trying to give them another chance. The wrap bracelet is definitely a keeper. It layers nicely with a lot of my other bracelets and looks good on its own. It’s no longer available; here’s something with similar look. The bag didn’t make the cut. I decided I don’t use enough to warrant keeping it, and have sent it off for consignment. (And I think this outfit needs something closer to a taupe color, maybe.)

Detail: style blogger Susan B. wears camo pants and metallic Paul Green sandals. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I’ve had these shoes for a couple of years now, and still love them as much as ever. They’re one of the few pairs of heels over 2″ I can still comfortably wear.

Lip color is Charlotte Tilbury “Stoned Rose.”

I have a few more ideas for styling the pants, so you’ll probably be seeing them again soon.

Is there a print or item you thought you’d “never” wear but have recently warmed up to?

Stay in touch.

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67 Comments

  1. Chris
    August 29, 2018 / 1:10 pm

    After inspiration from your post, I found a similar cotton blend rust cardigan (Abound brand) at Nordstrom Rack for just under $30. Heavier fabric will take me longer into fall here in Midwest. Several other colors, too. I also have fine, straight hair and swear by Big Sexy Hair root pump volumizer. Available at drugstores, Target and discounted at TJ Maxx. My hair would be flat on my head without it! Looking forward to your closet purge report.

  2. Holly
    August 30, 2018 / 7:04 am

    Hi Susan, I LOVE the whole outfit on you – it’s really beautifully put together, and so flattering! The cardigan is just gorgeous. I think camo-print pants are really cute and stylish, but I’ve always shied away from them because my legs are on the heavier side. If they looked the same on me as they do on you, I’d tear over to the closest J. Crew and buy them. This is off subject, but how do you stay so slim?? 🙂 Really, you look terrific. I’d love to know your diet and exercise routine. I’m a curvy 5’2″ and I’m just not liking the way any of my clothes fit these days. Any tips you have would be sooo appreciated.
    Thanks!!

  3. Aniko
    August 30, 2018 / 7:50 am

    Hi Susan, your outfit looks great! If you’re changing your bag, I think olive green would add a fabulous touch of color.

  4. BeeeBeee
    August 30, 2018 / 7:18 pm

    I stumbled across camo this year as I was looking for a summer jacket. I tried one on because it looked like it would match the pants I was wearing at the time. I was stunned at how great it looked on me. So I bought the white camo jacket by Sanctuary, with gray and light olive against a white background. I wear it almost every day when I go out to run errands. It goes very well with all of my summer neutrals.

  5. Christine Reynaud
    September 8, 2018 / 12:25 pm

    Love this outfit!
    Looking for some subtle grey camoprint jeans at the moment…. to no avail

  6. Lynn
    October 11, 2018 / 10:01 pm

    I just bought a pair of camo print pants because of this post. At 52, I thought I was too old. I’m not and I love them. Thanks for the inspiration.

  7. Paula
    August 13, 2019 / 6:22 pm

    Even though this post is from last year I wanted to comment anyway. I too was one who would never have dreamed I’d wear Camo. But I the outfits I saw gradually changed my thinking. I bought a pair without a big investment, just in case I was uncomfortable wearing them. But I love them. They oddly function as a neutral. Wear them with black, white, denim, sandals, sneakers and heels. The orange is one I think I may have steered away from but it’s fantastic. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Susan
      August 13, 2019 / 6:31 pm

      The ironic thing is that those camo pants got eliminated from the new color palette which Susan had done in Paris. If she was my size, I would have told her to send them my way!

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