Khaki on khaki on khaki without looking like a park ranger.
As I struggled to think of what to write in this article, I decided to go for a walk to clear my head- step away from the desk and get inspired. Namely to avoid a post with robotic sentences like ” I wore this full khaki look to Fremantle yesterday, I think it is cool”.
Looking around I see the khaki green in the native Australian plants, in gum leaves and thought about how this is also typically an ‘army green’. I would never join the army, so why did I like it so much? Then, it dawned on me. Wearing a colour typically associated with a male dominated industry feels a bit like a privilege. In the past, while men generally took on roles outdoors, women were typically indoors and had no occasion to adopt camouflage. I am generalising here, however my point is that I simply like to wear typically male associated colours because I can. I am lucky that I am not restricted to wearing white, pink or other typically feminine hues. I love that I have the choice to wear whatever I want. How lucky is that?
All of this is not to say that I do wish to go into outdoor roles, I have tried working outdoors and non-surprisingly I am not that well built for such a role. On one occasion I helped bump in an outdoor festival on a 40+ degree day (with no cold water on site), carrying heavy items, building things, etc only to get heat stroke and spend the afternoon vomiting before passing out. While I can use power tools and build things, I prefer to do this sort of work indoors!
So here I stand (in Fremantle), head to toe in utilitarian inspired urban (affordable) khaki greens via Jeanswest. I could have worn pink, but I chose not to. For Autumn and Winter 2015, expect to see a little more khaki around here, but maybe don’t expect to see me enlisting just yet.
WEARING: JEANSWEST PARKA, BLOUSE, SKIRT, WITCHERY BOOTS, ASOS BAG, NAJO BANGLE
PHOTOGRAPHED BY: MARIO RECCHIA