When Fashion And Nature Collide: The Camouflage Edition
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In nature’s animals, camouflage is the first line of defense against predators and the best tactic on offense to catch some breakfast.
For you fashion animals, camouflage is a great first impression on the unsuspecting crowd and one of the best strategies for getting what you want out of your target.
Camofashion means you’re seen when you want to be seen and others see only what you want seen. Still following me? Good! But if you’re thinking this is tough to pull off, you’re not wrong. Mixing a beautiful background blend with a proper pop is a feat sometimes best left to the professionals. With this in mind (I’m professional! My mom told me), I’d love to present you with this month’s fashion inspirations, all taken from the natural camouflage we (don’t) see all around us.
The Inspiration: Stink Bug, Spider, Birch Tree, Hawkmoth, and Peppered Moth
BTW no, I’m not doing camo this month because I woke up on photoshoot day with a huge pimple on my chin. Nor did I frantically freak out to my friends Khalida and Darren to depimple me with makeup and Photoshop, respectively. I honestly don’t know where you heard that, secondly how dare you, and remember, rumors give you tumors.
Seriously, I’m doing camo because I find the phenomenon fascinating.
Note: In case you’ve not seen these capsules before, the When Fashion and Nature Collide project is a monthly collaboration with two of my WP friends: Lisa from Lismore Paper and Darren from The Arty Plantsman. Our team also create designs for our shops at Fashionedbynature.threadless.com and Cafepress.co.uk/fashionedbynature Artwork Copyright ©Fashioned by Nature.
The third Wednesday of each month you can see outfits styled by me, and art from Lisa and Darren, that were inspired by Darren’s flower and critter pictures, and sometimes Lisa, myself or other photographers who collaborate with the team. With the spirit of protecting nature I pull together my outfits with clothing already available in my wardrobe. When purchases are to be made, these come from vintage boutiques and thrift stores or from socio-eco-friendly brands.
On to the outfits!
The Peppered Moth & Birch Tree
Black and white is the best thing going since… well, since white and black. There’s honestly nothing like it if you’re trying to bring attention to the depth and texture of the material. I offset this classic camo blend with a baseline grey boot and gold purse clamp that take on new dimensions when accessorised on good old B&W. You can get similar results through a zebra pattern, stripes or checks. Personally, I just wanted to pay homage to the birch tree and moth patterns. The top from Era Vintage Wear helped me achieved that. Check out Lisa’s Peppered Birch art —stunning!
The Hawkmoth & Stink Bug
When combined, the humble proclivities of two of nature’s less outspoken citizens provide us with a powerful earthen look. Using the dark browns of the hawkmoth as a base for my slip dress and vintage jacket draws positive attention to the extremities of the body. Green boots (a DIY paint job of mine) set off with a bit of green eyeshadow raises the outfit from imp to nymph and keeps all classy eyes on us!
A bit of orange under a leopard pattern will definitely help you stand out without you actually having to stand out. There are some color patterns that just command visual attention, and most of them come from our friends in nature.
Have you been overlooking your next great look that has been literally hiding under your nose? There’s more than meets the eye in everything nature has to offer us! I hope that my creations have given you something to think about this month. Feel free to take advantage of our ideas here and get in touch if you have some that you’d like me to help you out with!
Here are some of our new designs available on our online shops. I had fun creating these ads and a few others that I will soon show on my Instagram feed — @3cstyle_fashion Follow if you’d like. I would love to have you.
We hope that we have brought you a deeper connection with nature this month. As always, thank you for letting us share our inspirations with you. Note: There won’t be a WFNC December Edition. We will be seeing you in the coming year. Wishing you warm celebrations during the holidays and good things to all!
Credit: Photography of 3C Style with Black & White Moth and Spider by Marie-Claude Viola; photos with Brown Hawkmoth and Stink Bug by Hamza Boudjelal –– Makeup by Khalida Senni –– Critter photography & Artwork (Walnut drawings for Going Nuts, Get Nauti and Anatomy of a Nut Brain designs, Alpaca and Ostrich in my pocket, Get the Dance Bug, and Hot Love) by Darren Sleep, The Arty Plantsman –– Birch tree photography & Artwork (Hawkmoth and Peppered Birch paper, Going Nuts, Get Nauti, Anatomy of a Nut Brain, lettering for Get the Dance Bug, and Hob Nob) by Lisa Lawrence, Lismore Paper –– Birch photography (the one with the moth) & Photo collages by Dominique Nancy, 3C Style. Also Model and Stylist.
Don’t forget to visit LismorePaper and The Arty Plantsman to get an overall view of our monthly collaboration.
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- foodzesty says:November 20, 2019 at 1:37 amGreat post!! Love the Spider look LikeReply
- Sheree says:November 20, 2019 at 1:54 amGreat styling and I love the leopard blazer!Liked by 3 peopleReply
- artyplantsman says:November 20, 2019 at 3:05 amI love the outfits this month Dominique. They have a perfect feel for this time of year and the theme this month is a cool one too! I confess I especially like the spider outfit because of the colours.
As always, your writing is fun and engaging too – I always look forward to reading your posts. Have a good and productive break over the holidays my friend. XLiked by 3 peopleReply
- 3C Style says:November 20, 2019 at 3:23 amThank you so much Darren. I like the spider outfit too. This colorful critter was inspiring. The camouflage effect is great with Lisa’s birch tree and your Peppered moth. We all have so much to do for our FBN shops and respective projects that this short break will come handy. Hugs and love! xxLiked by 1 person
- Miriam says:November 20, 2019 at 4:07 amWhat a fabulous and fun post Dominique. Camofashion is a new concept for me but I love what you three came up with this month. Your amazing outfits, Darren’s critters and Lisa’s gorgeous birch tree art combine to make another stunning edition. Well done. xxLiked by 2 peopleReply
- 3C Style says:November 20, 2019 at 9:18 pmHi Miriam! Camofashion usually refers to military-inspired fashion, which looks like the hawkmoth’s pattern. Thanks you for your lovely comment. Every month, I’m excited to see our collaborative project in its integrity. Lisa and Darren never cease to impress me.Liked by 2 people
- Lisa@LismorePaper says:November 20, 2019 at 5:47 amThis is such a fantastic and fun post! I am always excited to read your post. I absolutely loved the fashion this month and I have a major crush on the spider outfit This was so fun to work on. Your collages and ads are phenomenal! You are an incredible stylist and model. I love everything you do. Im excited to work on our shop during our holiday break. Lots of love and hugs sis Liked by 2 peopleReply
- 3C Style says:November 20, 2019 at 8:32 pmI was so busy at work today. I couldn’t even reply to the comments on my lunch break. Almost everyone seems to like the spider outfit best. Thank you Lisa for your compliment. Coming from you it is a huge honor. You are so inspiring and fun to work with. We do have a lot of work to do during our holiday break but I’m excited too because we should come back with great news for our WP friends. Love you sis. xoxoLiked by 1 person
- Lisa@LismorePaper says:November 20, 2019 at 9:14 pmI had the same kind of day. That spider outfit is gorgeous and you styled it perfectly. Its a pleasure and honor to work with you but most of all I cherish our friendship. We have a lot of work to do but it will be fun!! Love you sis! Liked by 1 person
- Imelda charbonneau says:November 20, 2019 at 7:33 amExtraordinaire édition ! Parmi mes préférées. Photos encore une fois d’une grande beauté. Celle où tu t’appuie sur un rocher est particulièrement parlante. Et celle ou en marron tu es ouverte à la vie au milieu des bois. Et toutes les autres!!!!
Je veux un tablier de Noël !!!
BRAVO super camoufleuse. Ume edition absolument remarquable. J’adore Liked by 1 personReply
- fuelfortheraceblog says:November 20, 2019 at 11:15 amSo good to see your work again, Dominique. I adore Birch. You with the Birch trunk was a fabulous mix. I had to expand some shots to really see the critters. Very Autumn. Very pleasant views. Hoping you are well. My hugs & God’s grip – AlanLiked by 2 peopleReply
- 3C Style says:November 20, 2019 at 7:56 pmHi Alan! You are always so encouraging. Thank you for your kind words and support. Yes, I noticed that some of the critters were unfortunately too small in the final layout. I am okay, slowly getting my strength back. Looking forward to the Christmas break. Hugs from cold Montreal.Liked by 2 people
- Megala says:November 20, 2019 at 11:54 amFuntastic post! I enjoyed reading it and liked all these outfits camouflaging with nature.Liked by 2 peopleReply
- Su Leslie says:November 20, 2019 at 2:35 pmFun post. I love the outfits and the way you all work to develop themes.Liked by 2 peopleReply
- Kris says:November 20, 2019 at 6:23 pmI definitely enjoyed this one! I look at nature and think, who on earth dressed you? Then, I realise, it works!!! In one of my favorite books, ‘Girl of the Limberlost’, a character dresses like an Imperial moth for a fancy ball.Liked by 2 peopleReply
- 3C Style says:November 20, 2019 at 7:07 pmHello Kris! Haha… Who on earth dressed you? That’s funny. Girl of the Limberlost —a classic! Never read it though. Now, I’m tempted to add it to my To-read list.Liked by 2 people
- Kris says:November 21, 2019 at 3:39 amSmiling.
When you look at some insects, you just wonder. Yellow feet, black legs, striped bodies, and iridescent eyes. With feelers that often have colored tips or are even feathered!Liked by 2 people
- 3C Style says:November 21, 2019 at 7:40 pmLol The maximalist in me has been dreaming of wild things like that… Hehe I don’t think I could pull that off though.Liked by 1 person
- Kris says:November 23, 2019 at 12:35 amYOU could. Amazing and beautiful.Liked by 1 person
- 3C Style says:November 24, 2019 at 12:18 pmHehe… Thanks for having faith in me! Liked by 1 person
- Kris says:November 25, 2019 at 4:03 pmYou are one of those brilliant sorts. Easy to believe in. :o)Liked by 1 person
- 3C Style says:November 25, 2019 at 9:08 pmAww You are too kind!Like
- mainepaperpusher says:November 20, 2019 at 11:16 pmThis is one of my favorite WFNC installments. There is some sort of voodoo at work in that you got a pimple on the day of a camouflage photoshoot. It’s one of those funny/not funny kind of situations. I love the colors, I love you being almost invisible in the leaves and mostly, I love your joie de vivre! Liked by 2 peopleReply
- 3C Style says:November 21, 2019 at 7:16 pmYou are so sweet Linda. Thank you. Yes, definitely some sort of voodoo at work here. Thankfully, with the help of my friends I was able to fix that annoying situation with style —almost, I did say a few bad words! xoxoLiked by 1 person
- mainepaperpusher says:November 25, 2019 at 12:32 pmHaha! Liked by 1 person
- watchingthedaisies says:November 21, 2019 at 4:25 amI always look forward to your posts. You guys are so clever and creative. I especially love your green boots. The birch tree makes an absolutely stunning backdrop. I shall need to find an orange top to go with my leopard coat. Any excuse for a shopping trip…Liked by 2 peopleReply
- 3C Style says:November 21, 2019 at 7:59 pmHey, Brigid! How are you? Thanks so much for your lovely comment. You are always so kind and encouraging. You won’t have any problem finding an orange top… This color is everywhere this season. You can also mix your leopard print with red and pastels, and even with stripes and floral. Have fun!Liked by 1 person
- watchingthedaisies says:November 22, 2019 at 4:24 amI feel a buying trip coming soon!Liked by 1 person
- 3C Style says:November 22, 2019 at 7:31 pmLol Liked by 1 person
- iScriblr says:November 21, 2019 at 8:31 amWonderful! Love!