- Nov 5, 2004
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Esquire had a little thing on khakis this month, calling them the most underrated pants. The story is below sans illustrations and details on pairs illustrated. I tend to agree that they are underrated. Not sure about most. Their ubiquity, like jeans, can be a problem. What do you think?
Despite it's salt-of-the-earth connotations, America's official trouser has its nuances.
KHAKI RULE #1
Never give your khakis a cuff. Never roll the cuffs up to your calves like clamdiggers unless you are actually digging for clams.
KHAKI RULE #2
Khaki is Hindi for "dust." Pure, natural, unenhanced earth. With that in mind, remember: A crease down the front of a pair of khakis adds 15 years to the age of the wearer.
KHAKI RULE #3
Think of your khakis as a leather briefcase. That first scar will break your heart, but you'll learn that they are at their lived-in best just before they disintegrate.
KHAKI RULE #4
Unless you're on safari, limit the number of khaki items in your outfit to one. Better yet, apply this rule even while on safari.
KHAKI RULE #5
Khakis are the most comfortable pants to sleep in. And sleeping in them makes them more comfortable.
KHAKI RULE #6
Jack Kerouac wore khakis. So did Steve McQueen, who tried to jump over the Swiss border in khakis. He failed. But it wasn't his pants' fault.