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The Fashion Rules of Realtree Camo

Ian is an avid sneakerhead and streetwear enthusiast who experiments with his style, so you don't have to.

These shoes inspired this article with their cool pattern.

These shoes inspired this article with their cool pattern.

What Is Realtree Camo?

When people think of the Realtree Camo pattern, they often think of the dude who drives a beat-up pickup and hunts deer in his free time. While this isn't entirely wrong, the generalization is becoming less prevalent as people co-opt this pattern for their own personal statement pieces. Huge brands such as Stussy, Supreme, and even Yeezy have their own Realtree line or a similar aesthetic. Everyone from Kodak Black, to that cool guy you might see walking down the street, are rocking Realtree. Realistic camo is becoming less about hunters and hillbillies, and more about fashion and trends.

You may have heard of when Kanye was sued over copying Realtree with his Yeezy season 5 line. Yeah, it did happen.

You may have heard of when Kanye was sued over copying Realtree with his Yeezy season 5 line. Yeah, it did happen.

Why Is Realistic Camo So Cool?

I think this is one of the bigger questions on your mind as you read this. After all, these types of patterns have been associated for the longest time with dudes who listen to Rascal Flatts and own a decked-out game shed. Famous people, skate brands, and rappers aren't the first thing to pop to mind when you hear the name "Realtree." So, what made it cool? I have a couple of ideas.

Realtree and Military Camo

The Realtree trend is an extension of the military hype we've been feeling since 2017. The utility of camo, along with the looser and utilitarian silhouettes, comfortable fabrics, versatility of the drab, and neutral colors makes this camo a prime candidate streetwear fashion. It's about as easily found as regular camo in your average Milsurp store, local Bass Pro Shop, or hunting store. This ease of access and the love of military-style make realistic camo among one of the top choices for this year's fashion.

Versatility

Another theory is the pure versatility of this camo pattern. It doesn't clash as much as your average woodland, desert, or Rothco patterns, so it makes it easier to style, colorize, and wear. With military camos, you'd need to coordinate around the item itself, but with this Realtree style, you can wear it with most things (but it looks especially good with neutral colors, yellow, and orange.) This realistic camo also comes in several garments that military camo comes in, making it easy to find military silhouettes with Realtree patterns

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Hype

My last theory revolves around the fact that it's just gained hype. Stussy, Supreme, Nike, and many other brands have collaborated with Realtree. Since so many brands have come together to collaborate with this hunting brand, tons of people have flocked to it as an attempt to imitate this hype. Celebrities wear it, regular people wear it, and people are hopping on the trend just to stay up to date.

These pants go for around 120 dollars, but you don't have to pay that much for these to look cool.

These pants go for around 120 dollars, but you don't have to pay that much for these to look cool.

Where Can I Buy Realtree Camo

You can find this camo pattern anywhere. I'm not even kidding when I say this. From hunting shops, to Amazon and eBay, to Walmart and other large retailers, you can find what you need. If you want some big brand hype, Supreme, Yeezy, and Stussy all have their own collabs with Realtree. Heron Preston even has a few Realtree camo inspired items, and they look very good. If you just want that workwear look to pair with that camo pattern, Carhartt has solid options with this camo pattern as well. The point is that you can find whatever you're looking for wherever with this pattern.

This is my own personal fit, trying to use more relaxed fits with some sf af1s

This is my own personal fit, trying to use more relaxed fits with some sf af1s

How Do You Style Realtree Camo?

As stated earlier, this camo pattern is extremely versatile and can be worn with a variety of things. The styles produced are diverse and can work with practically anything in your wardrobe. However, I can give a few tips

  • Avoid hiking and hunting boots. Vintage combat boots are fine, but skate shoes and trainers are better. However, hiking and hunting boots do complete the hunter aesthetic. Chances are, if you're reading this, you're not going for that look. A pair of Sk8 Hi or Vans would pair well with the looser cut cargos and pants, as well as with the shirts and sweatshirts. However, try to avoid the more modern boot. If boots are a must, look for older pairs or Doc Martens.
  • Stick with neutral tones, yellows, or maybe even orange. While you can always do black and white, neutral tones and yellow and orange look really nice with this look. They add to the pants without clashing with something that's already your statement piece. Try and avoid other patterns since different patterns clash with one another. Keeping it simple is a key rule with any camo, and while this pattern allows for more experimentation, it's nice to start with the basics and go from there.
  • Wear looser cuts with a laid-back look. It's obvious this style is being taken by the hip hop and skate culture that emphasizes the comfortable, loose cuts. Looking around for super tight-fitting performance tees or skinny pants just don't look good. Taking to this laid back, baggy look is not only the aesthetic of the times, but it's the aesthetic of this camo pattern.

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