A Forbidden Print: Where You Can Wear Camo

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Who doesn’t love a camo print? I use to rock camo heavy back in college. However, now that I live in Fayetteville, a military town, I am more conscious when and where I wear my camo pieces, like my newly thrifted perfectly oversized camo jacket.

I was warned by a guy in a Wells Fargo bank that some soldiers and/or military veterans may take offense to me wearing the jacket. My husband, who is in the Army, also warned me. But this was his warning:

Husband: “Are you wearing that jacket out? ”

Me: “Um? Yeah, why? ”

Husband: “I don’t know if you should wear that out here.”

Me: “Babe, this is fashion, duh!”

Husband: “okay…”

Thanks for the warning babe. The guy at WF was more like, “Just be careful!”  LOL – Now that’s a warning! I thanked the guy at the bank and went to my car to take off my jacket.  I didn’t even put the jacket in the back seat, but placed it in my trunk and ran the rest of my errands in just a sweater!

Now, normally I wear whatever, wherever, and however. I couldn’t care less what people think about what I wear. But I would never want to offend or upset anyone, ever. This doesn’t mean I will not rock my President Obama tee shirt in this here swing state I live in though! I will always stand for the principles and people I believe truly love and serve this country. However, I know there is a time and a place to wear certain items of clothing and I can totally respect that. I will throw on my camo jacket when I go to Raleigh, NC, an hour away from Fayetteville!

Where you cannot wear camo:

Did you know there are certain places in which you cannot wear camouflage? I found this information on Wikipedia. Whew, God bless America! I don’t think I could live in a place where a print was absolutely banned. And such a cute print at that. Yes, I call camouflage a print.

From Wikipedia: Some countries such as Barbados, Aruba, and other Caribbean nations have laws prohibiting camouflage clothing from being worn by non-military personnel, including tourists and children. Civilian possession of camouflage is still banned in Zimbabwe.

The following nations prohibit civilians wearing or possessing camouflage print clothing:

  • Antigua
  • Barbados
  • Ghana
  • Jamaica
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Saint Lucia
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

What do you think about when to wear camo? Have you ever been warned about wearing it? Let me know in the comments!


  1. I love this post! You look great in camo. My husband wears it everywhere but he in a hunter and we live in a pretty rural location. 😉 I had no idea there were places that don’t permit non-military personal from wearing camo!

  2. I had no idea that it was actually illegal to wear camo in some places! Growing up in rural NC though and visiting Fayetteville rather frequently I was familiar with the social pressure about camo. There’s the hunter camo, which is more acceptable but projects a certain style vibe, and then there’s military camo which I’ve never worn for exactly the pressures you described. I agree, it’s more acceptable to wear military camo in NC cities, but you’ll definitely get glares in some of the rural areas and in Fayetteville!

    • Thanks Jess, I can totally understand that. This is my first experience in the military and this is year three for me. I’ve been wearing camo waaaay longer than I’ve been a military spouse, so I’m learning as I go 🙂

  3. Wow, I never would have thought about wearing Camo in a Military town would be controversial. Totally agree your husband should have given you a better warning. Great post!
    xo, Lee
    Wine & Couture

  4. You look amazing in this entire outfit. Not everyone can pull off this look! Keep up the excellent work!
    (Hi Gus! Kisses from your cousin Gabby xoxo)