Is it ever OK to wear camouflage from other countries?

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    Rob
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    My new obsession is camo from around the world but when I get close to buying anything I ask myself “As an American…is it ok to wear camo from another country?” or, I think “Do I know enough about history to wear any of this stuff? What if these people are the baddies but I’m too ignorant to know not to wear this stuff?”

    Am I being neurotic?

    Btw…

    [Belgium Camo](https://www.google.com/search?q=belgium+camo+jacket&safe=off&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiOyJ7qgfbeAhVQmeAKHaHNCp8QsAR6BAgEEAE&biw=1361&bih=671#imgrc=Bx5TL-5b8zFIWM🙂

    [German Flektarn](https://www.google.com/search?q=german+flecktarn+parka&safe=off&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiKx7KYgvbeAhVikuAKHYngDMEQ_AUIDygC&biw=1361&bih=671#imgrc=jeYbwoM8nGqIcM🙂

    [Rhodesian Camo](https://www.google.com/search?q=rhodesian+camo+jacket&safe=off&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiL6Pn_gvbeAhXSY98KHSV-BpgQ_AUIDygC&biw=1361&bih=671)

    [Polish Moro Camo](https://www.google.com/search?q=polish+moro+camo&safe=off&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjYjYWXg_beAhXhlOAKHT9eCBkQ_AUIDygC&biw=1361&bih=671#imgrc=1RSRviSriY3ojM🙂

    Generally, the concept of wearing armed forces clothing is weird when you think about it, but..these patterns, they call me.

    #31248

    thesilentist

    Not sure why you’d worry about it when nobody’s gonna see you.

    #31249

    owerriboy

    Nah most people wont even know what countries they are from. Just be careful wearing camo in foreign countries as some countries only allow camo for their military

    #31250

    tectonic9

    I share your interest in this stuff but also your awkwardness reluctance toward the aspect of repping a foreign nation. We’re overthinking it. If it looks cool, feel free to wear it; people aren’t actually likely to read into it very much. Consider cutting off flag patches and such if that bothers you.

    A bigger consideration is not to wear multiple camo patterns in one outfit – that’s pretty tacky. Unless you’re hunting or something. Deer don’t have strong opinions about that sort of combination.

    #31251

    SalvadorDALE2

    Dont wear WWII Nazi attire and you are as kosher as it gets.

    #31252

    SaltyPolicy

    I would strongly recommend you don’t wear Rhodesian camo.

    #31253

    setfiretoflames

    >Rhodesian Camo

    You’ve got to be fucking kidding me

    #31254

    RedditSucksEnormousD

    On the one hand wearing Rhodesian camo could make you look like a white supremacist apartheid supporter, but on the other hand that cocoa bean brown and jungle green look pretty cool together and I doubt 99% of Americans even know what rhodesia was much less what their camo looked like.

    #31255

    neminat

    that belgian camo is awesome!

    #31256

    gizayabasu

    I mean, everyone else in the world wears “American” camo if that’s even a thing. Just be sure to follow local laws and don’t do anything obviously offensive.

    #31257

    TheFavoritist

    I wear German Flecktarn quite often. Never had anyone say anything bad about it, mostly compliments that they’ve never seen anything like it.

    [Fit Pic](https://www.instagram.com/p/Baw5KrcFuvx/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=4w3bzm7786bq)

    #31258

    Eubeen_Hadd

    The safe move is to avoid bad associations and avoid wearing patches or flags. The patterns aren’t political in and of themselves.

    #31259

    xanroeld

    Bro, everyone army that has ever issued camo to it’s troops has committed violent atrocities. All of them. That’s war. American camo, Dutch camo, Chinese camo, South African camo, doesn’t matter – if you’re worried about the history and the implications, there’s innocent blood on all of them.

    #31260

    holy_hdfg

    Get them all! No worries about the camo. No one will know which countries they are from but if they do those definitely aren’t “babbie” countries

    #31261

    fearsclave

    Sure. It’s fine. The only thing is that you have to follow the one fashion rule of wearing camo, which is be careful to match your camo pattern of choice to your local foliage and vegetation, IN SEASON, or risk standing out like a neon sore thumb in the field, or worse, looking like some sort of urban survivalist hipster.

    #31262

    vocabularylessons

    Stay away from Rhodesian camo, Rhodesian anything. It has an inescapable context of racism and the mythology of white supremacy.

    #31263

    Hobbstc

    As someone who is 11 years in the military, I’d just assume you were someone heading to the woods to hunt. To me a Che shirt is far more offensive than some camo.

    #31264

    flashpile

    I think you might well be the first person to have ever given any thought to this.

    #31265

    onekidneychris

    I love the look of the little German flag on Flektarn field jackets but cant just get over wearing another countries flag (Im from the US). Im not even a hyper-patriot it just feels awkward. Even rocking multi-cam feels odd even though the black version is one of my favorite patterns.

    #31266

    TigerJas

    I think you are confusing wearing a cami pattern shirt, jacket or pants with wearing head to toe combat uniform from a foreign country.

    The first one , no one cares, the second one, you better know exactly who it is you are dressing up as, here in the US or abroad.

    #31267

    yung_yuzu

    Flecktarn is so cool.

    #31268

    yjWrangler

    Nobody is going to know or care about any of them

    #31269

    Legitimate-Salvage

    A good rule of thumb is to ask permission. If you want to wear Polish camo, find a Polish veteran and ask what he thinks about you wearing it. Could be difficult, but doing the right thing is difficult sometimes, neh?

    #31270

    james_strange

    My favorite jacket I have ever worn was a Korean war wool field shirt. . I an currenrly rocking a 1980s navy issue pea coat. I think they look great. As long as there are no earned badges or patches it is fine. I really dug thr rhodesiqn camo and will for sure have something in that print thanks to this post.

    #31271

    theangriestbird

    I love this and had literally no clue that other countries had their own camouflage. As somebody who’s ordinarily very paranoid about this sort of thing, I feel like you just have to ask yourself how it’s viewed in the country of origin. Do Germans view their camouflage as culturally significant or sacred in any way? Would Germans be offended if you wore their camouflage outside of its original context? No? Then you’re fine.

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