Shades of green, navy, warm gray, and tan, once reserved for boot camp, continue to remain a key color spectrum for men looking to add to their wardrobe rotation.
“What I love most about this palette is what I saw in the cities, on the buildings, and in the countryside,” says designer John Elliott, whose 10-day “field study” of cold, ashy, muted, washed, and pale colors in Southeast Asia inspired his coming 2016 spring / summer collection of his eponymous brand. “I wanted to try to feel like I was back in Vietnam, like I was looking through the fog at washed down and faded buildings.”
When it comes to layering, mixing, and matching primarily military and earth tones, be sure to play with proportion and fabrics. “You can make more of a statement by wearing a monochromatic color palette,” Elliott says. “The way to do it correctly is through combining different fits with different textures.”
When first shopping this look, focus on fabrics like jersey, French terry, and denim, suggests Elliott. “These three categories are a great starting point for every guy — textile, hardware, fit, and stitch details make an item worth an investment.”