Denim’s Day Off: Try Khaki!

in category of Fashion, Tracey Vest


Whether it’s officially a current hot fashion trend or not, I think denim could easily be called the most popular fabric in the world of fashion, or perhaps even the world itself. It’s just a fact that everyone from trendy toddlers to retired weekend handymen own at least one pair of denim jeans. Maybe that’s not a fair headcount, since even people who could care less about fashion wear khakis and denim, but that is also one of the things that makes it so cool. Even people who aren’t trying to work a fashion trend are inadvertently doing just that.

One major plus is that denim works any time of the year as far as style and comfort are concerned, but now that things are warming up, khaki is a fabric that is giving denim a serious run for its money. Just about every person has owned a pair of khakis at some point. In addition to wearing it for fashion, khaki is part of a lot of school uniforms and work wear, and maybe you remember the preppy craze? Come on, admit it. I had a preppy moment...well, I still have them. A pair of well-worn khakis is just as comfortable and cool-looking as your favorite jeans, and just like denim jeans, you can find just about any style and cut that works for you.

I will always choose denim over khaki, but it’s a close second for me over other fabrics, especially when the warm weather hits. In addition to comfort, khaki, like denim, is easy to care for, comfortable because it’s mainly natural fibers, and best of all, it can be worn casually or dressed up, depending on the rest of your outfit and accessories. What I find interesting is although denim was once considered strictly a fabric for work clothes, you’re now more likely to wear jeans out on a date over a pair of khakis. Well, at least I am. I think most women would agree.

Just like denim, khaki the fabric and khaki the color are showing up everywhere! Outerwear, daywear, accessories...we’re even seeing lacy undergarments in delicate khaki-colored fabrics. Check out “old reliable labels” like The Gap, Banana Republic, and Old Navy, and of course Ralph Lauren for traditional and high fashion khaki clothes and accessories that can be dressed up or down. But if you’re looking for more trendy styles, check out Walter, Doo Ri, Via Spiga, and BCBG for clothes, shoes, and accessories.


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