Trend Alert! City Dwellers and Civilians Wearing Camouflage

Stand out in Hunter, Hanky Panky’s new print for Fall 2014. Shown here: Crossover Bralette (Style No. 4H7044) and Low Rise Thong (Style No. 4H1584).

Ask a Horned Leaf Chameleon, or Peeta Mellark of The Hunger Games, and they will tell you that, when it comes to camouflage, blending in is the name of the game.

But ask fashion designers Anna Sui or Tibi, or the Beauty editors at, who recently featured camouflage-print nail polish, and they are more likely to extol camouflage’s ability to help the wearer stand out in a crowd.

Anna Sui Fall 2014. Image Courtesy of WGSN.


Tibi Pre-Summer 2014. Image courtesy of WGSN.

A young woman I met on the subway platform this week perfectly demonstrated this principle by pairing an over-sized camouflage parka with black ankle boots:In both nature and fashion, the optical effect of a camouflage pattern is to notice and move on. The alternation of irregularly shaped blots of light and dark catches the eye but is too busy and blended to let it stay there long: the eye slides off to focus on the surroundings – be they tree bark or a fabulous necklace or pair of shoes. 

An NYC commuter sports a camo jacket and black ankle boots. Thank you Heather for bringing style and grace to the morning commute.

Another trend setter, on 27th Street between Madison and 5th and Avenues in New York City’s Flatiron District, paired camo print skinny jeans in subtle dark greens with a demure top and patent leather shoes:

Who says New Yorkers don’t smile?

So stand out in camouflage in Hanky Panky’s new Hunter print, available now at and in stores starting on June 26, 2014.


About Hanky Panky

In 1977, designer Gale Epstein created a hand-made lingerie set for her friend, Lida Orzeck, crafted out of embroidered handkerchiefs. The original designs were the inspiration for the company name, Hanky Panky. Blending traditional with modern glam looks, Hanky Panky is a fashion favorite of countless celebrities.
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