Camo Apparel – the Other End of the Spectrum

Back on November 15 of 2015 I posted an article on wearing camo titled, “No Camo Here.” Essentially, the writing was pointing out where and where not camo sports apparel is appropriately worn for its intended purpose. It was and is my observation that camo gear was developed to assist the person adorning it to become hard to see or remain hidden. During the past decade or so, coinciding with the popular TV show, Duck Dynasty, camo clothing worn head to toe has become popular as everyday anywhere dress.

Wearing camo as daily garb is a choice. Truly, I don’t care what another person wears. Still, I have noticed and commented that camo gear worn (by others) while shopping at Walmart seemed out of place.

Of course, that type of clothing display is just a subset of all the types of apparel sets where people dress in order to make a statement. The camo wearing person may be saying, “Look at me, I am an outdoors person,” or some such statement.

The camo club is just one end of a spectrum. I had not given others groups much thought until reading the December / January 2017 issue of Garden and Gun magazine.

Garden is Gun’s editor is the son of a friend of mine. My friend, Bob, is a physician that lives, now retired, in Savannah, GA. Bob, without doubt, is a great physician. He is extremely smart, as physicians tend to be, and compassionate. Everyday we worked together was a pleasure.

I picked up an issue of Garden and Gun at the airport in Baltimore during a trip several years ago. When I recognized the editor was Bob’s son, I bought it. His son does an excellent job with the magazine and Brenda and I are subscribers. We give subscriptions as Christmas gifts to many of our friends and to my mother. Mama, who lives in Savannah, loves the magazine. She reads it from cover to cover.

In the issue at hand I noticed something – the clothing advertisements. Actually, the last issue sparked my interest. In that issue there was a shirt listed for sale at $2500.00. That’s a far cry from the purchase price of any camo shirt I’ve ever seen.

Throughout the current issue of Garden and Gun there are ads that promote seriously fancy dress. As opposite as the person sporting an all camo ensemble, the models in my issue of Garden and Gun, appear to be. This got me considering another point in the spectrum when it comes to clothing.

As far-fetched as I think wearing camo for public and social events is I find wearing ultra-expensive apparel equally bizarre. I further consider dysfunctional clothing a waste of money.

In one ad, the Southern magazine reveals a “Southern” man in white jeans. White jeans? Sure white jeans will cover your skin. But, you can’t do much in white jeans and keep that purchase clean. White jeans make little sense to me. Another ad displays a couple dressed for winter or fall weather. The male model isn’t wearing socks. Really, if you need a sweater and your lady friend needs a warm wrap well the two of you are dressed for cold or at least cool weather. Believe me, I am wearing socks if it’s that cold.

Finally, one of the most odd ads is of a woman in camo. In this case, the camo is appropriate – she’s shown in a hunting situation. It’s an ad for a gun maker. What’s so odd are many things. She probably weights 100 pounds and she has a deer head mounted on a backpack she is wearing. She’s holding the rifle, sold by the gun maker, in her right hand while leaning and gripping a mountain ledge with her left. My guess is the photo was snapped seconds before she lost her balance and fell over.

Personally, when it comes to apparel my outfit is generally t-shirts and jeans. Both are comfortable. When the situation demands, I’ll clean up and put on ‘fancy’ clothes’ – all purchased at a respectable discount. I’ll even put on my Target brand camo gear when hunting – only not 100% of the time. Sometimes, I’ll hunt in jeans and a T-shirt.

There is clearly a large spectrum of what it is people like to wear. It’s just when folks go to extremes that I notice.