Khaki is the new black – introducing the chicest shade to wear this spring

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It’s official: we’re breaking up with black. This spring the only shade you’ll want to wear is ultra-cool khaki, and we’ve found the endlessly stylish pieces to prove it.

This season it’s all about a more-is-more approach. From exaggerated puff-sleeved blouses to shirts with exaggerated frilly collars, this spring we’re diving back into our childhood dressing up box and coming back with the grown-up pieces that are making dressing fun again.

But as joyful as floral prints and playful pastel hues can be, sometimes we just want to keep things simple. When you’re running late for work, completely forgot about that brunch or have no idea what a smart casual dress code even means, you can’t spend time deliberating which square-toed sandal to pair with your coloured leather trousers. Instead you need to fall back on effortlessly easy-to-wear pieces that you can rely on to look perfectly chic, no matter how quickly you’ve thrown together.

For years our wardrobe fail-safe has come in the form of black. From jumpers to jeans, dresses to boots, we’ve curated a monochrome palette that functions as our sartorial parachute. And we’re beyond bored of it. 

While black might feel suitably cool during the winter months, when the sun starts to emerge is feels distinctly dreary. It looks too heavy against a sunny backdrop and doesn’t complement the bright colours and stand-out prints that we’ve curated in our spring-ready wardrobe. Not to mention that all black pieces have faded to different degrees, leaving us with a selection of pieces in various shades of what we can only describe as off-black

If we can no longer depend on black to be our style saviour, then what can use to resolve our day-to-day dressing dilemmas? Navy doesn’t spark joy in summer and wearing white feels like an adrenaline sport considering our diet of coffee and red wine. 

Introducing the new neutral sent to take your wardrobe to new levels of cool: khaki. 

The joy of wearing khaki is that it pairs to perfection with every shade you can think of. Unlike black, its warm tones makes it an ideal partner for blue denim, bright patterns and pastel shades, and looks just as stylish in the summer sun as it does on grey weather days. It offers enough interest to work as a standalone look too, whether worn as a jumpsuit or as an ensemble of khaki-toned separates. When it comes to beauty, khaki continues to prove itself as an ultra-wearable wardrobe hero, and complements a dramatic cat eye and statement red lip as well as it does an understated natural look. 

From the Meghan Markle-approved shirt dress to the wear-everywhere shirt that doubles up as a jacket, we’ve found the chicest khaki pieces to wear now. 

  • Ganni

    Ganni ripstop quilt pants
    Ganni ripstop quilt pants
    Remember khaki cargo pants? The military-inspired trouser was beloved by pop icons and R’n’B divas alike in the 90s, and the trend has had a luxe update for 2020. Crafted from recycled tech fabric, these lightweight joggers feel oh-so-comfortable for staying in on the sofa, but offer serious Scandi-cool when styled with square-toed heels and an oversized collar shirt. 

    Shop Ganni ripstop quilt pants, £125

  • Zadig & Voltaire

    There’s always space in our wardrobe for a new knit. This khaki grandad-style knit feels as on-trend as it does timeless. The leather-studded pocket adds a rebellious edge that feels as cool by evening as it does by day. Simply button over bare skin and pair with wide-legged trousers for an understated yet effective look. 

    Shop Zadig & Voltaire one-pocket cardigan at Far Fetch, £335

  • Zara

    Spring 2020 has blessed us with some seriously joyful trends. One style that’s putting the joy back into getting dressed is puffed sleeves – a statement-making style that always feels fun. Tick off two trends in one with this soft-knit jumper, in a cool shade of khaki.

    Shop Zara embroidered ball sweater, £29.99

  • Weekday

    Khaki shirt from Weekday
    Khaki shirt from Weekday

    Cut for a loose pyjama-inspired fit, this relaxed shirt offers all the comfort of your regular PJs – but will look polished if it turns out that Zoom meeting isn’t audio-only.

    Shop Weekday Arin shirt, £35

  • Topshop

    Safari-style suiting might sound hard to wear, but a khaki shacket makes this endlessly-stylish trend effortless easy to pull off. Wear belted over a colourful midi dress for a casual daytime look. Then just add red lipstick, gold jewellery and a killer ankle boot and this jacket will take you straight into evening too.

    Shop Topshop utility shacket, £59

  • Dries Van Noten

    Is there a single woman out there who doesn’t have at least one pair of black trousers stashed in her wardrobe? This workwear staple has been long overdue an update, and this khaki style feels completely fresh yet still smart enough to wear with a shirt and blazer on the 9-to-5. 

    Shop Dries Van Noten Cotton-twill wide-leg pants at My Theresa, £380

  • Equipment

    Khaki silk shirt by Equipment
    Khaki silk shirt by Equipment
    A silk shirt is the timeless classic that has earned its place in our capsule wardrobes. What makes this shirt such a worthy investment? It goes with everything, it’s effortlessly easy to style, it never feels too formal and always looks sensational. This rich khaki shade will instantly elevate blue denim from ordinary to exceptional. 

    Shop Equipment slim silk shirt, £210

  • H&M

    H&M khaki boilersuit
    H&M khaki boilersuit

    The ultimate throw-on-and-go piece, a boilersuit is perfect for those days when you want to feel pulled together but don’t have time to style an entire outfit. Thanks to tapered leg cuffs and a belted waist that defines the silhouette, this khaki design won’t swamp your frame. 

    Shop H&M cotton twill boilersuit, £29.99

  • Nanushka

    Nanushka’s vegan leather designs look and feel every bit as luxurious as the real thing. Though we have sworn loyalty to the midi, when the sun comes out a playful mini length feels just right. This khaki design feels structured enough to wear on grey weather days too, particularly when paired with a classic white shirt or an oversized blazer. 

    Shop Nanushka mini sarong skirt, £284

Images: courtesy of brands. 

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