Anytime of year is a good time for khakis
by Sandy Fitzgerald
Wouldn’t it be great if there was something you could wear when you need to be cool, or in the winter, or on “casual Friday,” or even on the weekend when you’re going to the grocery store?
If you haven’t discovered the charm of a good pair of khaki pants, there’s no time like the present.
Khakis come in many styles, but when most people think of a pair of khakis, they think of slacks or trousers that come in a light tan or are made in a cotton twill. They have also come to describe any comfortable cotton blend pants, and can come in colors ranging from white to forest green.
The great thing about khakis is that you can add a jacket when you want to be dressier, a t-shirt when you want to go casual, a sweater when it’s cold outside, or a crisp white dress shirt that will let you wear them to a casual restaurant.
They’re a great go-to staple for any wardrobe, so it any wonder that shoppers on this site and everywhere are in constant search for the perfect pair of khakis?
If you’re looking for khakis for a man, you should look for a pair that aren’t too tight or too loose, and that are made of a fabric that can be easily washed and dried several times. In addition to holding up better, a good pair of khakis just gets more comfortable when you wash them.
While many stores are still selling pleated khakis, pants without pleats really do fit more body styles. A heavier man wearing pleats just has a pair of pants that fit him not-so-well, and a thinner man looks even thinner in pleats. They add nothing to the body style and just a lot of extra bagginess in the front of a pair of pants.
The same thing goes with women’s khakis. Who needs or wants something that adds anything extra to their abdomen area? A pair of straight, plain front pants fits most body types much better.
Of course, women shouldn’t be left out of the joy of having some nice khakis to wear around. As with the men’s, don’t be tempted to buy something too baggy or too tight. The charm of a pair of khakis is in its comfort and style. You don’t want to look too sloppy, and too-tight pants don’t look good on anyone.
When buying khakis, you might also want to consider a pair or two of shorts. These come in numerous styles and pocket options, and like the longer pants, you can dress them up or down. They’re a great casual, cool look for a weekend away, but they’re also just as great to wear when you’re outside mowing the grass. The cotton breathes, and that’s important for staying cool in the summer months!
Whether you’re buying pants or shorts, just remember, if you buy too cheap, you’ll get cheap. If you’re looking for something that you’ll be wearing and washing a lot, it’s sometimes better to spend a little extra so your new pants will hold their shape and style.
After all, these are likely to be pants you’ll reach for again and again.