There is something about a crisp pair of khaki slacks or a knee length shirt-dress, that feels fresh at this time of the year. While the khaki shade might not be the new black just yet, it’s heading there this season as more designers are opting to showcase the military inspired shades on runways. The fastest emerging summer trend has trickled into daily streetwear and is not just the colour of monsoon anymore. From shades of greens, greys and browns, the look paves way for experimentation and fashionistas from namma ooru are in love!
Though summer has always been associated with bright colours and florals, these subtle colours when paired with everything right, makes for the perfect breezy look! “I absolutely love that this trend is coming back and am a big fan of these shades. Though I usually prefer bright colours for the summer, I’d without a doubt pair an olive or grey paper-bag waist pant with a white crop top. Pair that with a funky bandana to liven up the spirit of the season, and you’re good to go!” says designer Parinitha MN. While the look sounds absolutely impressive, the designer warns that it is possible to go wrong with the shades. “Pairing two different shades in the same colour can look like you’re trying too hard, unless it’s with camouflage. Then everything works,” she quips.
The sales-clerk staple versatile fabric is not only meant for trenchcoats and blazers anymore. “I think a khaki dress sported with ankle length boots and a choker will do the deed well,” says stylist Aswathi Balakrishnan who is a fan of the olive-green hue. “Khaki is a must have in everybody’s wardrobe. Summer is meant for experimenting with different colours and prints and there is no way that one can go wrong with khaki. I think it goes equally well on both light as well as darker shades,” she opines.
The colour is also versatile enough to act as a proper substitute for blue or black jeans or even trousers. “The whole idea of khaki is that it is uncomplicated and can easily be dressed up or down. Though it is reminiscent of the ‘mom-era’, it’s all down to the actual colour now. While white and khaki give off a very luxe vibe, browns paired with khaki are a hit on the streets. Black, is more of a classic take on the look and isn’t too dramatic. Khaki also adds a rocker/chic vibe if paired with sunnies and sneakers and a smoother vibe is paired with satin and high heels,” opines designer Pavithra Sagar, who is also a fan of the trend....