Dress Up Khaki Pants with a Navy Blazer

July 1st, 2009

Navy Blazer + Buttondown + Khakis
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Sure, jeans are versatile and can go almost anywhere. But instead of tossing on a pair of jeans, why not reach for a pair of khakis?  Khakis are another style classic, but they’re having their fashion moment this year.  We haven’t seen so many khakis since the dot com days!  But you don’t have to pair your khakis with a blousy blue button-down shirt.  Instead, dress them up with tailored items: a navy blazer and a sharp pair of oxfords.  Here’s how to dress up khaki pants with a navy blazer:

1.  Start with a pair of khaki pants.  Straight leg, flat front, classic style.
2.  Add a fitted, button-down shirt to pair with your khaki pants.  We’re loving the bright color of this shirt - it really warms up the outfit.
3.  Top off the outfit with a crisp navy blue blazer.  The bright color of the button-down shirt will peek out from under the lapels of the blazer.
4.  Finish off the outfit with a pair of classic oxford shoes and a canvas belt.  Notice how the belt beautifully echoes the stripes in the shirt–without being too literal.

How do you wear khaki pants?  Share your style with us in the comments!

Entry Filed under: Men,Ready Made Outfits

6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Matt  |  July 1st, 2009 at 12:52 am

    Great look.

    BTW, thanks for putting all these outfits together. You’ve been a big help!

  • 2. Lisa  |  July 1st, 2009 at 3:46 am

    Usually I love your formal/casual match-ups but this looks kind of wrong! The jacket is just too streamlined to match the wrinkle of the pants. Maybe I just don’t have a good enough imagination but I would rather leave the blazer out.

  • 3. Gary  |  July 1st, 2009 at 6:35 am

    Nice to see something about khaki pants. I love them, wear them to work, wear them to go out in the evening, and wear them as casual wear on weekends. They go great with everything from T-shirts to polos to dress shirts. Over the past several months I’ve been trying to expand my collection away from just the basic khaki color, and have added blue, faded black, brown, olive, and white. I’ve even been thinking about getting a pair in Nantucket Red.

    A word about favorite brands/styles: I really enjoy J. Crew’s premium officer chinos. Great details, like the button front, and the silouette is a great military-style relaxed fit that also doesn’t look too baggy.

  • 4. Style Bytes  |  July 1st, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    This is a great way to bust out of the same old khakis and a button-down look. Thanks!

  • 5. John  |  July 1st, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Make sure that shirt is tucked in.

  • 6. Gary  |  July 2nd, 2009 at 6:52 am

    ^ Agree! There’s nothing lamer than an untucked shirt with a blazer.

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