Interloper: Â With respect to your khaki question- and many Americans' obsession with it- allow me to answer on behalf of all of my countrymen. Â The concept of khakis actually originated, as I understand it, with British military officers in India and other such locales. Â Their trousers were "stained" a sort of tan color by windswept sand and the like, and the word "khaki" is derived from an Indian word reflecting that. Â Nevertheless, you're absolutely right- khakis, for whatever reason, have become virtually ignored by Europeans and others, and now are almost a uniquely American style statement, for better and worse. Â Though American staples like jeans, t-shirts and sneakers have been appropriated by others (and often equaled or improved upon), khakis lag far behind overseas. Khakis hit their stride in America during WWII, after which their style (flat front, a sturdy twill material, typically roomy fit) were brought home by our returning GI's. Â They became fully integrated into the culture during the 50's, and their popularity has fluctuated considerably since then. Â The latest "boom," I guess you could say, took off a few years ago (the Gap khaki ad campaigns were emblematic of that). Â Though their popularity ebbs and flows, khakis have never gone out of style in America (and likely never will). When worn correctly, I think khakis can look great- very versatile, very American classic. Â The problem is that many- if not most- American guys overuse and abuse them, wearing them on every imaginable occasion, often inappropriately and in the wrong way. Â The key, I think, is to think of them as casually cool, a sort of cousin of denim jeans. Â I think the closer khakis come to replicating that WWII style, the better- my rule is sturdy construction, and always, always, flat fronts with no cuffs. Â Alas, many wear them with pleats, with cuffs, with terrible shirts/belts/shoes, too short/long, to the opera and to weddings (bad move), and to casual Fridays at work (you generally have better options than that). Â My favorite casual khakis are Bills Khakis (anyone know about Bills? Â they deserve a separate thread of their own). Â I maintain that when worn in the right, limited way (like, say, an American soldier on a weekend furlough circa 1943, with a white t-shirt and boots or old-school sneakers), khakis are cool and classic. Â I'm just waiting for the rest of the world to catch on (though in recent years, I've seen higher-end designers, here and abroad, do their own interpretations).