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Camo & Leopard & Red, Oh My

Camo & Leopard & Red, Oh My | Sheela Writes

Shiny, happy colours.

Camo meets brights in a face-off.


Today’s post shall be a smidge different from my norm, let me first pre-empt you.  Being rather pressed for time (I fear this will be somewhat on repeat mode from hereon since the new school year begins in just a scant few days), I will be focusing on clothes today.  Purely on clothes.


Which isn’t necessarily a bad deviation.  Afterall, variety can add spice to life, yes?

Kickstarting our collaboration, Jodie and her bevy of beauties together with Eve and myself paraded our pastel pairings on Monday.  In this second part of the adventure, we show you how we wear camo with colour.  Bright, happy colours.

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Which, for me, automatically meant Red.

I know not why but it did. 

And on a more laidback, easy breezy note, you know?  An unbuttoned linen shirt with haphazard cuffs.  (Somewhat) intentionally dishevelled hair.

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A side knot which was equal parts functionality and frivolity.  When it comes to wearing maxi anything with non heeled footwear, it’s quite the challenge, and the knot (which I first saw on Suzanne) helped immensely to prevent any untoward incidents of tripping or, worse, falling flat on my face.

I felt the slip-on kicks were quite the perfect match for this ensemble.  Heels didn’t sit right.  Neither did wedge sandals, a little too clichéd in my mind’s eye, and so these appeared ideal.  And to redeem myself, the leopard print added that element of bold in-your-face-ness that is distinctly Sheela, and because I wore them briefly, the absence of arch support did not present a problem.

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It wouldn’t be me without some quirky accessories, now would it?  Or some trademark awkward, goofy poses.  Nor the sunnies which I adore by the way.

And now, here’s what the other ladies did in interpreting camo with brights.

Eve, Teens (the world according to eve)

The World According To Eve

How cool is it that we both picked long dresses for this second part?  Eve has her camo shirt knotted around the waist, over a very sleek jersey dress, and signature funky shoes.  A woman after my own heart. Incidentally, it was sweltering that morning yet she looks so poised still.

Sheela, 40s (sheela writes)

Camo & Leopard & Red, Oh My | Sheela Writes

So this is how my camo piece actually looks.  A strapless maxi dress with ruched sweetheart neckline which, along with the red shirt, was thrifted.  I went quirky with the sunny side up pin, spider and deer antler rings, and those shoes from H&M Malaysia. Red sunnies from Poshmark.

Jodie, 50s (jodie’s touch of style)

Jodie's Touch Of Style

I love how Jodie always has the tiniest details to keep one’s eye coming back for more.  Her shades and the echoing sunshiny yellow of her sandals are delightful bursts of colour amidst an already colourful palette of green and coral, everything working together harmoniously.

Nancy, 60s (jodie’s touch of style)

Jodie's Touch Of Style

If you ever had any doubts about wearing camo within a professional environment, I do believe Nancy has quashed them.  And with panache too.  The addition of a crisp pencil skirt adds the perfect air of sophistication yet the fuchsia keeps it fun, fresh and charming.  Incidentally, I covet that tassel necklace quite a bit.

Charlotte, 70s (jodie’s touch of style)

Jodie's Touch Of Style

What a kaleidoscope of colours Charlotte has going on, and yet not a single shade is in discord with another.  Everything comes together in perfect cohesion.  From the rainbow necklace to the orange tank and green bangle as well as shoes.  I think the white pants were a touch of brilliance, to be honest, the ideal counter point.

There you have it, ladies, camo as seen with bright colours.  Friday will be the concluding installment of our project, and you’ll never guess what we’ll be pairing camo with then.  Or can you?

Which colour would you pick to wear with camo?

Love, Sheela

p/s my photos by Eve

I link up here.





  1. I enjoyed seeing everyone’s take on this, but simply Loved yours, Sheela. That dress is absolutely Fabulous! I like that you went with your leopard slip-ons – I pair mine with camo all the time. For some reason I Always go with neutrals when wearing this print, so now I am definitely re-thinking my style options. This looks wonderful with your bright red.


  2. robjodiefilogomo says

    I think there are times when concentrating on the clothing is a good thing (of course i would say that –wink). Especially when you’ve done such a camouflaging (yes, I intentionally used that word!!) on the maxi itself. You know, as a tunic in the first post and then again for our next one!!
    And not to be redundant, but even on the shirt over top—I thought it was a cardigan, but really, what is the difference? Thus these are lessons of how to take one items and make them so much more!
    And I can’t tell—what’s on the other end of the fried egg? Because I’m totally stealing that idea to put a pin/brooch something on my dresses in the middle there!!


  3. nancybaten2016 says

    Hey there is an idea! Camo and leopard! Wow, it looks fabulous on you Sheela.


  4. I love this post, and you truly are the Queen of Collaboration! Hmmmm, it’s my morning; I need to decide what to wear. Is it a camo day?

    Off to see the pastel versions.

    Love, Annie


  5. shelbeeontheedge1 says

    That dress, Sheela, is oh so fabulous! Being a military wife, I have such an affinity for all things camo (in fact, I always have, long before I met my military husband). I have always treated camo as a neutral as well, pairing it with all sorts of things. However, it seems recently, I only have a pair of camo pants in my possession. I need to rectify this soon! I used to have the most amazing pair of knee boots in camo, but alas, I wore them with such gusto and frequency that they literally fell apart at the seams!

    I am going to go read all the other ladies’ wonderful posts now!



  6. This is a fun collaboration. I have enjoyed seeing the take on camo and mixing that each of you ladies have conjured. I never through to mix red and camo together, but this is lovely!
    Thank you for linking up to “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me”
    Rachel xo


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