Khakis: A Man’s Guide To This Style Staple.

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March 9, 2020


Alice Choi

Khakis are every bit as comfortable to wear like jeans and offer numerous benefits over denim. Denim is hard, tightly sewn, heavy, and warm in the summer, khakis are flexible, lightweight, easy, and cooler. Khakis are also more varied than jeans, while both kinds of trousers worn with every clothing piece from a tee to a sports jacket.

With their neutral shade, set-in pockets, more creamlike material, and candid, tailor-made style, khakis will let you go another step up in the etiquette of your outfits. You can wear khakis for tasks. Like around the house or a hike in the woods, or to the office or on a date.

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Khakis are all-season piece, though they’re particularly essential in the spring and summer as the temperatures start to climb. Pretty much anytime you’d carry shorts, you’d look a lot obvious in khakis, and won’t be that much stuffier. Khakis are thus a simple way to enhance your fashion in the warmer months.

How to Dress Khakis With Style

Fit/Fashion. Khakis aren’t high-waisted, pleated, or loose. Rather, opt for a more recent style: even front, with a straight stem, or a slight taper from the thigh to ankle, and an all-around more altered and tailored appearance. The trousers should have a mid-rise fit that lies around your hips rather than up above your stomach button. And while khakis are slightly roomier than other trousers, you don’t want them to be loose-fitting. They should offer an expression that’s both comfortable and athletic.

Pockets. A single khaki should have four pockets — two in the front and two in the rear. A small flat coin pocket is an agreeable addition to more informal khakis. Pockets on the sides adapt them into cargo trousers, carried if you’re joining in tactical/outdoor hunts. Cargo pockets add undesirable weight to your trousers, giving you a less piercing and sleek look.

Wear. Khakis age well, and actually look more genuine the more broken-in they get, hitting their top handsomeness right before they begin falling apart. So for informal clothes, it’s okay for them to show slight wear and tear — a few blemishes and some fraying on the cuffs add style. Expect a little wrinkling and part of khakis’ carefree look; under no conditions should you iron a wrinkle into them. When wearing khakis in a more professional environment, adhere to a crisper and more unmarked pair (though you still shouldn’t iron a wrinkle into them).

Shade. Khakis come in just about every shade these days, but the most popular is drab brown. We would suggest getting a darker brown, rather than an academy uniform-Esque golden grain. It’s sharper and more varied (it’ll look suitable in both winter and summer). Navy also seems very classic and matches well with a sport blazer or button-down shirt. Beyond those two, you’re opening a more fashion-forward region; you need to know what you’re doing to haul off fire engine red chinos.

Length/Bands/Rolling. Tailored hems add a little weight to the bottoms of your slacks, look a bit more precise and conservative, and draw consideration to your shoes. Avoid cuffs if you’re on the smaller side, however, as they make your legs look more diminutive. Generally, We would suggest going cuffless, as it’s the most adaptable style.

Cuffs or no cuffs, slacks should either touch the tops of your shoes or drape 1-2 inches above, wrinkling a little at the hem. When wearing khakis in more professional environments, err on the side of a few longer. But they should never extravagantly bunch around the anklebones.

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