The khaki trend is a fashion statement that never seems to really go away. Sure it has its heyday and then fades to the back of the wardrobe for a while, but it’s never gone for long and it’s enjoying a resurgence in popularity once again, in both women’s and men’s fashion thanks to its versatility and how easy it is to incorporate in your everyday style. Still not convinced? Here’s how to embrace the khaki trend this season to enjoy wearing it this summer.
Khaki is traditionally associated with military-type clothing, which is why it’s most commonly used in trousers and jackets with a strong utility function. The dark green version is just as popular as the brown-yellow tones which means that you can pick the best tone to suit your own skin and hair colour.
Khaki jackets are instantly recognisable thanks to the two pleated chest pockets which are almost always present, and let’s face it – pockets are always coming in handy, for your keys, phone and wallet. It may or may not also have a belt, which is great if you’re tall and you want to create more definition around your middle to balance your body shape. It’s the perfect casual jacket for any fashion-conscious man to add to his wardrobe.
When it comes to khaki trousers, they are typically either cargo-style trousers with side pockets, or chinos, which are more slimline for creating a cleaner silhouette. This is great as there is an option that can work for both casual settings and smart-casual occasions. Cargo trousers are best saved for weekends or if your work demands a practical pair of trousers that you don’t care about getting dirty. These look great paired with chukka boots, just like the Tobacco Suede Colorado boots by Anatomic. Chinos, on the other hand, can be worn with a nice shirt or a t-shirt and are perfect for a dress down day at the office, or for drinks after work with friends. In the summer months they work really well with boat or deck shoes, like these Loake 528 shoes with a trendy white rubber sole.
When it comes to embracing the khaki trend this season, khaki shorts are a very fashionable way to keep cool while looking stylish, and again these can be worn with boat or deck shoes, or sandals for a day at the beach. Try camel coloured shorts if you’re not sold on the traditional green colour, as this colour is also very versatile and can be worn with black, white or even denim shirts for a timeless style.
Head to toe khaki isn’t a good look (unless it’s a uniform), so try and incorporate one key piece into your wardrobe and mix it with some of your existing styles for a fresh update to the khaki trend, that’s not overwhelming.