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Men's Khaki

Wearing Khaki Pants

Khaki clothing is something that screams casual. However, when spun into a chino and into more darker tones, it can also find its way towards more formal situations and high-end wardrobes. The relaxed nature of khakis ensure that even the largest of men look great within it, but what are some of the rules that wearers need to keep in mind when it comes to wearing khaki? Let’s take a look at some of the rules.

Relaxed Fit

Khaki clothing is, by its nature, a relaxed fit. It creates a very slouched fit that tapers off the body and isn’t unlikely a dressier version of cargo pants. It is nearly impossible to find skinny-leg khakis as the material simply isn’t designed for that sort of tightness. There’s nothing wrong with the looser style if paired with the correct clothes (think heavier denims and cottons).


Because khaki has a tendency to taper off of the body and almost floats off of a man’s leg, this can give the appearance of bloating. Large guys in particular need to take special care not to get too carried away with how much khaki they’re wearing. For the most part, sticking with a black chino helps relieve the situation somewhat, but again it is one of the advantages of its relaxed fit: it’s just that comfortable and doesn’t really bind to the wearer like other forms of dress pants would.

Color Match

The sandy nature of khakis pair best with browns, olives, and even a darker amber to orange. It’s important to ensure that there’s an even amount of contrast going on throughout the outfit though. This is something to get very wrong, very easily when it comes to the sandy nature of khaki. For those who aren’t feeling brave, pairing khaki with a black top tends to provide an excellent visual effect that’s widely accepted. However, keeping “military colors” in mind usually provides the best contrast when wearing traditional khakis.

Weight of Khaki

Khaki, especially when branded as a chino, can be a very heavyweight material that requires similarly heavy garments above it. Its weight is generally appropriate for winter wear, but can sometimes find its way into summer wardrobes when hemmed to calf height. This provides just enough exposure to ensure the wearer’s legs don’t get to hot, but also remains fashionable throughout the warmer months.

Michael Snell

Loving father and husband