I believe in the classics. I embrace a traditional, tailored, timeless style. The khaki pant is a classic…but it’s often difficult to make this age-old trouser look cool. What is khaki? According to Merriam-Webster it's a "dull, yellowish-brown cloth made usually of cotton or wool and used especially for military uniforms; commonly pants"…sounds uber chic, huh?
I’ve worn khakis since high school. I've always appreciated their utilitarian vibe and durability. As a teen in the eighties, khakis were readily accepted as a key piece in a preppy-inspired wardrobe.
Over the years, khakis began to get a really bum rap. Nerdy, stiff, masculine and unflattering…not the look sought after by most hip women.
I want to defend khaki pants!
There are ways to wear them without slipping over to the un-stylish dark side.
Wear them with white or black- Clean, modern and sophisticated.
Choose your version- tailored and slim or slouchy and distressed.
Either can work; just pick the shape most flattering to your body and complementary to the rest of your wardrobe.
Elevate them- Think J Crew. Add a fancy necklace and some great heels. Khakis go on dates and out to dinner, beautifully.
Add light blue- Chambray or powder blue oxford cloth...gorgeous with khaki! So fresh and classic.
Dress 'em down- Lazy, slouchy, boyfriend vibe. Pull on a favorite conversation tee or sweatshirt… with a stylish pair of kicks.
Farmers’ Market? Coffee Shop? Yes!
Handle the hem- Cuff or roll the bottom to keep the look modern and youthful. Show some ankle!
Pick your best color- Khaki pants come in a variety of similar shades. Some are more brown, others stone-like and some almost white…choose a pair that will coordinate well with the colors in your wardrobe. Regarding khaki, seems most women have a strong preference for one particular hue.
Are you starting to see it?
Pretty chic, don't you think?
If you already own a pair of khakis...dig them out! Play around with some new ways to wear them and go rock those classic pants!
Need a pair?
Easy. Khakis are available almost everywhere at every price point.
My current favorite is the Pilcro Chino from Anthropologie. $88. They wash and wear beautifully. Great fit. Super comfortable.
Also check out J Crew, Banana Republic, Old Navy, H&M, Gap, Target...the list goes on.
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Episode 2 of my Q&A series is ready to roll! I’m super excited to share this one because it’s all about style…shoes, rules for dressing as we age, natural fibers and more. I hope you find the answers helpful.
If you're new to my Q&A, here's some background:
At the beginning of the year, I reached out to my viewers and readers requesting questions for my first Q&A. I received tons of great questions on various topics. In the first two Q&A’s, I focused on non-style related subjects…moving cross-country, traveling in France, living with less, the KonMari Method, travel toiletries and my favorite workouts.
I received lots of style questions! I'll work through all of them within a few videos...over the next several weeks. I'll try to answer similar questions together.
Some of the style questions were very specific-
Where can I find clothing made of natural fibers?
What shoes work for big feet?
Other questions tapped into a much larger space-
How can I stay chic as I mature?
Are there things a 40/50/60 year old can’t wear?
What are the rules as we age?
I’ve selected a few specific questions and also broader topics for this post.
The idea of 'how to stay chic as we age' has always intrigued me...even when I was much younger.
Questions surrounding this topic are definitely what I am asked the most...online, at Anthropologie and when working with closet clients.
I find this subject to be so important, that I’m currently creating an online course to help women stay (or become:) chic as they age.
I’ll be sure to let you know when it’s ready to share...
Until then, I hope these answers are helpful to you.
Now, it's time for the style queries. Let's go...
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It’s been an entire month since my last post?! How did that happen? I’ll tell you how…we moved! Moving is a giant chore! Thank you for your patience. My family and I are feeling fairly settled in our new space. No matter how organized, moving creates its own brand of chaos! I’m so thankful to have this move behind us.
Okay, on to the final recap. I've done it! I have officially made it through my entire wardrobe and I've worn ALL of my clothes.
Every. Single. Piece.
The experiment took a bit longer than I expected. Since I only work outside of the house part-time, I only wear real outfits a few times a week...as a result wearing everything I own took almost 2 months...even though my closet isn't packed.
I loved this challenge. I can’t believe I'd never tried this before now. It was incredibly eye-opening to see how much and what type of clothing I really own.
As I came to the final pieces of my wardrobe, it was increasingly difficult to create chic outfits without re-wearing tops and jackets. I was determined to resist duplication and managed to pull together unique looks with the remaining seldom-worn items.
I enjoyed how much this exercise stretched me and forced me to think outside my usual wardrobe box.
If you haven’t tried it already, I urge you to start today! The 'Wear Everything I Own Challenge' provides an unusual opportunity to really experience all of your clothing. If you want to redefine your style, clean out your closet, edit your wardrobe or simply shake up your outfits...try it!
It costs nothing and is actually fun!
I've been asked to show full photos of each outfit. Below you'll find pictures of my final outfits. My apologies for the grainy images. Seems I was always rushing out the door and scrambling to get the shot. I'll work to improve the quality for future posts:-)
1. I have a lot of clothing! Some pieces, I like more than I'd thought and I'm excited to put them into regular rotation. Other items were just ‘okay' and it's time to let them go. I also realized that I have some really great basics; jeans, jackets, booties.
2. I had zero interest in shopping while I was doing this experiment.
None. This actually felt very strange. I really didn’t want to buy anything. I was so determined to work through my closet that adding more clothing seemed crazy! I also wasn't sure what I really wanted...so shopping seemed foolish during the challenge.
3. There are a few holes in my wardrobe. I discovered which pieces could be added to help round out my wardrobe. For instance, I have good jackets, but would like a few interesting tops to wear under them. I love boyfriend jeans. I wear them all the time. I could use a new pair. Also, black shoes. I need a pair of black shoes that I can wear as an alternative to my black booties. And...date clothes! I’m missing pieces that make me feel sexy. I plan to find a few items to wear on dates with my husband. Pieces that feel luxurious and look great!
4. I am ready for a Capsule Wardrobe. There, I said it! This is the most shocking result of this project. I have never wanted to try a capsule wardrobe. Never even considered it. I always loved reading about other women’s success with capsules, but didn’t want one for myself.
Now, I do. I haven’t begun putting together my capsule…I’m still working on hanging pictures:-) Next challenge?
Create a functional, authentic, beginner's capsule that works for me. I promise I'll share the process here...
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Again, thanks for your patience and kind words. Each comment during our move gave me a boost and a smile as I packed and unpacked.
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Hello, I'm Kristen.
As a personal stylist,