How to wear a khaki suit

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How to wear a khaki suit
Khaki is popular for spring and summer dressing. (Photos.com/Photos.com/Getty Images)

A casual khaki suit is ideal for holidays, summertime weddings, parties and occasions when a smart look is required but a black suit is too formal. Anyone can pull off a full khaki suit, provided they give some thought to the style of the suit itself and the accessories to go with it.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Purchase plain trousers, without pleats, and a modern two-button blazer. Keep the look simple.

  2. 2

    Check that your suit jacket fits well; it should be slim-fitting and nipped in slightly at the waist. If your khaki jacket looks too big, it will look old-fashioned and unflattering.

  3. 3

    Wear a button down shirt under the khaki suit jacket. Choose a shirt in a light pastel colour, such as a very pale pink or blue. You could also a patterned shirt or a vertical stripe in complimentary colours. Steer clear of dark brown and black shirts, as these are too harsh for the pale khaki tones. Avoid wearing a T-shirt underneath the jacket.

  4. 4

    Add a pocket handkerchief, tie or bow tie, provided the colour is chosen carefully and compliments the colour of the khaki suit and the shirt.

  5. 5

    Wear brown shoes instead of black. Light brown loafers with no socks creates an effortless, comfortable look.

Tips and warnings

  • Get more wear out of your khaki suit by wearing it as two separates. Khaki trousers are versatile and look great paired with a casual T-shirt, lightweight sweater or short-sleeved shirt. A khaki jacket can be worn over a white shirt and jeans for a relaxed summer style.
  • Keep your khaki suit clean. Its pale colour will show more stains and wrinkles than heavier, darker fabrics. Be prepared to get your khaki suit dry-cleaned after every couple of wearings.

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