Khaki pants have always gotten a bad rep for being drab and dull as a choice of bottoms. One in the past would usually think of mundane office work when asked to wear khakis, or perhaps an employee of a large supermarket. That is because khakis were often a misused part to anyone’s wardrobe. Fortunately, khakis these days have gained new respect as a crisp neutral option that can create a blank canvas for any outfit. Khakis have gone from old man, to new guy. This Fashionisto was a perfect example of taking a classic piece, and transforming it into a fresh ensemble.
The fit of a pair of pants can inform the occasion you are dressing for, whether it be dressy or laid back. In this case, the relaxed fit of these khakis gave a casual vibe without being too loose. A looser and softer material would have made this Fashionisto look like he was going to the beach, rather than a day on campus. Having some crisp lines and a sharp fit made this outfit look put together. In comparison to jeans, the khakis gave a sophisticated edge to the get up, making it easier to go with fun pieces for the rest of the outfit.
A pop of brightness was a great way to update to spring, and this blue and white gingham shirt did just that. The blue and white contrasted to the tan khaki color brought out a funky side to the outfit, almost going in a retro direction. Rolling up the long sleeves, this Fashionisto eased into the warmer weather months without going short sleeved. Gingham was a fantastic option to stay preppy and current, it’s almost begged for a sunny picnic on the quad.
The leather shoes played an important part in this outfit, finishing off the ensemble with an unexpected color. The cognac finish of these shoes was a surprising twist to your average dark brown or black shoe.Cognac gave such a rich tone to shoes, and showed the craftsmanship of each stitch. These shoes sparkled against the neutral khaki, and brought a unique matching of colors to the blue in the shirt. The belt in comparison to the shoes, experimented with different tones of brown, keeping with a warm palette to really let the shirt shine.
Khakis are a professional option that are worn everyday from office to office. With the right accessories and color pairings, Fashionistos can transform this stiff choice into a must-have for their everyday outfits.
Hint: Investing in a great pair of khakis will pay out in the long run, since they are such a staple in work environments. Don’t skimp on the essential pieces!