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Black shoes and khakis - casual

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by bcbruin13, Aug 19, 2012.

  1. bcbruin13

    bcbruin13 New Member

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    Is it ok to wear a pair of khaki pants with a pair of casual black shoes? I've been trying to upgrade my style from t-shirt and jeans everyday so I have no idea if i can wear a pair of casual canvas black shoes with a pair of khaki pants. Thanks for the advice.
     
  2. bjornb17

    bjornb17 Senior member

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    Not really. It looks like somebody who doesn't know how to dress trying to dress up.
     
  3. mkarim

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    Khakis or chinos (which are better than khakis) and brown shoes would be better. Wool pants and brown shoes would be even better.
     
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    I thought khakis and chinos were more or less synonymous. Chinos are better?

    To answer OP, black and khaki (the color) do not look very good together, IMHO. Although, Thom Brown seems to pull it off with a khaki colored cotton suit, white shirt and black knit tie, but that's a very specific look.
     
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    Looks like military. Anything other than black would be much better.
     
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  7. mkarim

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    Yes chinos are an upgraded version of khakis. They tend to look better and last longer than khakis but still not as professional looking as wool pants.
     
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    thread is totally fucked up with people who are clueless about the rules, imo.
     
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    "Yes chinos are an upgraded version of khakis. They tend to look better and last longer than khakis"

    What?
     
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    By black canvas shoes, do you mean sneakers? I think so of this advice is predicated on wearing leather shoes. The advice, in particular, to wear brown shoes and wool pants definitely means real shoes.

    I still wouldn't wear black tennis shoes with khakis. Actually, if you want to move your style up in formality, you would do well to start wearing shoes made of leather, preferably brown.
     
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    sheez, why?
     
  12. TGOL

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    Because he's wearing khakis.
     
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    Khaki is a color... Chino is the style
     
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    Khaki's are khaki-colored Chinos. They're all Chinos.
     
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    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.
     
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    Are these facts or opinions cos most of his is at odds with my understanding of the terms?

    Vive le difference!
     
  19. mkarim

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    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".
     
  20. lenahan

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    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.
     

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