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post #16 of 28
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Originally Posted by KObalto View Post

BB sells khaki colored chinos: http://www.brooksbrothers.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Merchant_Id=1&Section_Id=492&Product_Id=1589233&Parent_Id=220&default_color=Khaki&sort_by=newArrivals&sectioncolor=&sectionsize=
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In fairness to mkarim, I think what he means by "khakis" are the baggier style Mr. Bill type pants, regardless of color.

Yes by khakis I was referring to the style (the baggy style made of sub par fabric), not the style.
post #17 of 28
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Originally Posted by mkarim View Post

Yes by khakis I was referring to the style (the baggy style made of sub par fabric), not the style.

Yes, khaki can refer to a color or a style of pants. Chinos are generally trimmer than the pants called khakis, but originally chino referred to the type of twill cloth, not a style of pants. To further confuse things, in the States, the color khaki refers to a light brown but in the UK it refers to an olive hue.
post #18 of 28
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Originally Posted by KObalto View Post

Yes, khaki can refer to a color or a style of pants. Chinos are generally trimmer than the pants called khakis, but originally chino referred to the type of twill cloth, not a style of pants. To further confuse things, in the States, the color khaki refers to a light brown but in the UK it refers to an olive hue.

Are these facts or opinions cos most of his is at odds with my understanding of the terms?

Vive le difference!
post #19 of 28
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Originally Posted by KObalto View Post

Yes, khaki can refer to a color or a style of pants. Chinos are generally trimmer than the pants called khakis, but originally chino referred to the type of twill cloth, not a style of pants. To further confuse things, in the States, the color khaki refers to a light brown but in the UK it refers to an olive hue.
That's a little strange because from what I understand the original khakis were desert color worn by British troops to camaflauge themselves in the Middle East back in the days of the "Empire".
post #20 of 28
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Originally Posted by mkarim View Post

That's a little strange because from what I understand the original khakis were desert color worn by British troops to camaflauge themselves in the Middle East back in the days of the "Empire".

The story I heard was that Khaki and British tan, and so forth, entered menswear as a result of British Officers dying their cream coloured service dress with coffee in HM's warmer possessions to better blend in. The tan color was far less noticeable than cream.
post #21 of 28
What do you guys think of black leather bluchers with Olive chinos?
Edited by Dicky Dicardo - 8/19/12 at 10:56pm
post #22 of 28
I would wear any of these with khakis

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post #23 of 28
I quite like the black and olive combination.

Although I know black leather shoes and khakis are anathema to the forum culture, it was a very popular combination at my prep school 55-odd years ago. When I was an ROTC cadet at UCLA, I thought I looked pretty sharp in my black PTBs and khaki uniform.
post #24 of 28
I invoke the Voxsartoria rule:

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post #25 of 28
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Originally Posted by Ianiceman View Post

Are these facts or opinions cos most of his is at odds with my understanding of the terms?
Vive le difference!

I think that over time there has come to be a lot of interchangabilty of terms. When I was a kid, chinos were always made of a twill fabric. Any British members want to speak up as to what color khaki refers to in the UK? My understanding was that as military uniforms evolved from light brown to olive drab, the definition of the color changed in the UK but not the States.
post #26 of 28
1) The answer to the Op is "no." Black & khaki was originally very military but now, unfortunately, it comes across as more "mall cop", especially in the U.S..

2) Tennis shoes/sneakers/trainers tend not to look very good with khakis/chinos. Can be not terrible but not great. If you must, white.

3) "Khaki" is a color. It has also become synonymous (like "reds") with chinos in a particular range of shades. But chinos can be any color. They can even have little patterns (lobsters, santas, whales, etc.)" embroidered all over them. Whether chinos are "khakis" has nothing to do with how baggy they are or the quality of the material.
post #27 of 28
I don't really wear black shoes, so no.
post #28 of 28
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Originally Posted by JMRouse View Post

I don't really wear black shoes, so no.

I only wear black shoes with a suit for very dressy, conservative events, eg job interviews. Other than that, I find black shoes bland and boring, esp with khakis or chinos.
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