I really, truly ummed and aahed about my sudden wish for khaki trousers. This is the problem with working for a fashion retailer; I end up in meetings about trends and it ends up with me putting together a mental shopping list and convincing myself that my wardrobe is bereft without a particular item. On a recent trip back to Milton Keynes I asked my mum if we could go to Matalan as I never manage to get to one in London (although they’re opening one on Oxford Street soon so that’s exciting!), and lo and behold, the mighty khaki trousers appeared.
Jacket – H&M
Necklace – Not on the High Street
Cami top – ASOS
Trousers – Matalan
Shoes – Topshop
Slim cut in fit but not skinny they are the shape that I love but struggle to find, especially in the right length for my 5ft 10 frame. I think they have a bit of elegance to them, but maybe that’s because I’m a die hard jeans wearer, so anything that isn’t denim feels fancy to me. The thing is, I bought the trousers and then had no idea what to wear with them.
In the end I realised that basic was best – the khaki is a statement on its own, so I went for my trusted black but in different shapes and textures to make it a bit more interesting. The plain, loose fit cami from ASOS is my favourite staple top for Spring/Summer and the neckline made it just right for my initials pendant necklace from Not On The High Street. The fringed cardigan from H&M is my evening replacement for my bog standard cardi I always chuck in my bag in case I get chilly and steps it up from being an essential cover up to a pretty damn fancy addition to an outfit. I love it.
The shoes are another item that is helping me transition my wardrobe to a slighter more chic place to be, and sits well in the ‘it goes with everything’ collection I’m building. I’m getting too old for massive heels now but I don’t always want to be wearing flats, especially on nights out so this block heel is the perfect height and width to ensure I don’t hate myself an hour after wearing them. I love the mock-croc effect and the small ankle strap which brings it all together into one great big super shoe. Expect to see these on these pages a lot more in the future!
How are you wearing khaki? I’d love to know your styling tips.