Khaki has never exactly been a hue to set the sartorial world on fire, but with a slew of celebs, designers and It girls embracing the military-approved aesthetic (the look was out in full force for Fashion Week), its prospects are certainly changing. Utility jackets are a particular fave of the fashion set, especially teamed with distressed denim and flouncy floral skirts, but there are so many other ways to experiment with this burgeoning fashion trend — and they definitely don’t involve donning a pair of chinos (phew!). This week, Style Resolutions is delivering a serious style lesson in making khaki feel cool. So sit back, scroll on and prepare to enter into uncharted style territory.
How to Wear Khaki for Work
One-and-done dressing goes prime time when you require impeccable style and zero effort all day, every day. This belted jumpsuit makes it crazy easy — just slip it on and you’re practically done. Sleek clear specs, streamlined jewelry and patent sock boots come together in seconds, injecting your getup with just the right amount of down-to-business edge. For an outfit that’s ready to do a little overtime (because happy hour has your name written all over it), add a denim trench and bright bag to the mix.
Zara Zipped Jumpsuit ($129) + M.i.h. Jeans Denim Coat ($312), Mango Patent Sock Boots ($100), Sam Edelman Maddy Leather Shoulder Bag ($268), Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick in Big Spender ($24), TomTom Jewelry Sierra Ring ($150), Warby Parker Chamberlain Eyeglasses ($95)
How to Wear Khaki for a Night Out
We just so happened to spot this khaki stunner out on the New York City streets during fashion week, so you know it must be good. Upgrade the onesie’s utilitarian edge to It-girl status with the right accessories — shimmery Mary Janes and a sleek rose gold lip clutch will do nicely, with their eye-catching finishes and party-ready aesthetic. A metallic bomber jacket offers an intriguing alternative to the standard leather biker or streamlined trench, while grounding the getup in street style-bait territory.
Zara Zipped Jumpsuit ($130) + Mango Metallic Patches Bomber Jacket ($100), BaubleBar Cadeau Necklace ($42), Nasty Gal Kiss Up Metallic Clutch ($48), Topshop Gorgeous Glitter Shoes ($85), Charlotte Olympia Feline Cardholder ($195)
How to Wear Khaki for the Weekend
Urban sophistication starts with polished military-inspired attire — in this case, a zip-front jumpsuit and high-shine brogues — and ends with a little graffiti. Drape an illustrated denim jacket with a statement collar around the shoulders of your trusty throw-and-go wonder for a hipster-like take on an elegant after-hours look. Second- or third-day hair stays under wraps thanks to a gnarly knit beanie (we mean that in the best way possible) that exudes downtown cool.
Zara Zipped Jumpsuit ($130) + Zara Denim Jacket With Graffiti ($100), & Other Stories Lace-Up Leather Brogues ($175), Forever 21 Browline Square Sunglasses ($8), Urban Outfitters Dara Mini Stripe Crossbody Bag ($39), Herschel Abbott Beanie ($20)
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