Jeans are comfortable and black pants are essential, but khaki pants are the neutral pants any wardrobe needs. Garments like khakis may seem uninspiring at first glance, but when you pair them with the right mix of patterns and basics, the lightly shaded bottom can leave an impactful mark.
While soldier-look pants are often associated with menswear, women can also enjoy the countless iterations of this preppy style. Shop TODAY asked two stylists to share their top tips for styling khakis for this season and beyond.
How to Wear Khaki Pants
Khaki pants come in different shades, from light beige to beige and taupe hues, which can be worn casually or dressed up for a night out. While they resonate most with office outfits and uniforms (think military outfits), the combinations you can do with these bottoms can actually be pretty endless. In fact, according to celebrity stylist Tara Swennen, khakis are “the middle ground between jeans and dress pants.”
“They’re casual enough for weekend wear, but simultaneously suit a business casual dress code or a clean, easy evening look,” she added.
These pants can be worn with patterns, bright colors or lighter shades of brown. If you’re into a casual setting, wardrobe consultant Beverly Osemwenkhae recommends pairing khakis with a suede Chelsea boot or white sneakers, denim jacket or light knit sweater. You can also add a pop of color like tangerine, green, or bubblegum pink to add some contrast to the neutral hue.
As for evening wear, Swennen advises pairing it with a blazer and classic colors like navy, white, charcoal, olive, or black. “Put on leather boots or canvas sneakers with a matching belt to tie it all together.”
“I’m going to roll up my khaki pants and do a metallic strappy heel and a silk lace camisole, a black moto jacket and add an earring or necklace to tie the look together,” Osemwenkhae added.
If you want to add more visual appeal to your outfit, Swennen also suggests wearing a fun print or accessories like a belt, tie, or colorful sweater vest.
Here are some khaki pants options for women to take on your next weekend getaway or date night.
Khaki pants for women to shop
Shinestar Adjustable Tie Ankle Pants
Khaki pants don’t have to be boring and these are the perfect combination of style and comfort. They have a high waisted fit and wide legs for those days when you need more room to move.
2LUV Women’s 5-Pocket Stretch Scrub Pant
You don’t have to break with skinny pants just because they’re not TikTok-approved. Over 1,800 Amazon reviewers gave them a five-star rating for their stretchy fit and soft feel.
“I’m having a hard time finding pants that fit, but these are perfect. I just ordered 3 more pairs,” one recent shopper said of her love for these stretchy pants.
New York & Company Madie Paperbag Faux Leather Ankle Pants
For cooler romantic evenings, opt for these khaki faux leather trousers. It features a high waisted shape and stretchy fabric for a loose yet comfortable feel.
“These pants have a very premium look; lightly lined nothing to make you too hot,” said one reviewer who approved of this pair.
Banana Republic Factory Chino Girlfriend
Although a lighter version of the classic khaki color, these chinos from Banana Republic Factory will become your new best friend. With a hook closure and soft cotton fabric, these pants are ideal for everyday use. Customers also approve of them for their flattering fit, even for curvy girls.
Lee Relaxed Fit Pleatless Pant
Don’t miss this comfortable pair from Lee. The chic style has a mid-rise cut and is ideal for busy people who don’t have time to iron. They’re made with a wrinkle-resistant fabric that will last all day!
Women’s Premium Stretch Dress Pants
Feel comfortable in the office with these stretch dress pants. The fabric provides perfect lift and stretch that hugs all your curves. Wear them with a silk blouse or a linen shirt for a more elegant look.
Old Navy High-Waisted Full-Length Pixie Flare Pants for Women
Combine a sleek fit and comfort with these flared pants from Old Navy. The pair is made of cotton and spandex that will allow you to move with flexibility. The pants also have secret pockets with a smoothing effect to keep your cards tight and secure.
Zara baggy paperbag jeans
If you think khaki pants are too casual, you haven’t come across this chic style from Zara. The pair combines modernity and comfort thanks to its relaxed fit. It also has a stretchy fabric and gathered details for a more feminine look.
DKNY cargo pants
These khaki cargo pants are ideal for your urban safari adventures or your more casual get-togethers. The utility-inspired pants feature two zippered front pockets and a side compartment to easily carry your essentials.
Conscious Edit high waisted bootcut pants with stitching
For a more refined look, choose khaki pants with a smooth fabric. These high-waisted pants have a loose fit that pairs well with a t-shirt and blazer.
J.Crew Slouchy Boyfriend Chinos Pants
Refresh your casual wardrobe with these J.Crew chinos in a light khaki hue. This is a comfortable alternative to your usual pants and trousers, plus they work well with your button-up shirts.
Lane Bryant Slim Fit Chinos
For plus size women, feel confident in these signature chinos from Lane Bryant. The super soft cotton and elastic waistband will keep you comfortable and fashionable as you head to your next event.
Loft Pull-On Brushed Flannel Tapered Pant
Take this style from the office to the rooftop bar. This pair features an elasticated waist for easy movement and a slim silhouette that matches most tops.
Banana Republic Skinny Utility Pants
If comfort is your motto, opt for these utility pants with zip detailing at the hem. The pants have a more relaxed silhouette but can be paired with a suede jacket for a higher feel.
Superdown Kimmy Cargo Pants
The high waisted silhouette of these cargo pants can be teamed with crop tops, tees or blouses for a number of looks. Wear it for a date or keep it casual with sneakers on your next trip.
Mango Pocket Straight Pants
If you’re looking for something classier, opt for these straight pants with a high waisted shape. These feature a hook and two buttoned flap pockets for a more put together look.
Everlane The Casual Chinos
Whether you are curvy or petite, these Everlane pants will fit you perfectly. The chic khaki pants are designed to hug your figure while elongating your figure.
“Exactly what I want to wear with those ‘back to the office’ vibes. Sleek enough not to look like sweatpants, soft enough to feel like sweatpants,” one shopper said.
Gap high-rise vintage slim jeans
Take a break from your favorite denim and make these khaki jeans your new favorite pair. You can dress it up or down with the right elements. Add a floral blouse for a semi-casual look or a white blazer for a chic office outfit.
Talbots The Perfect Chino
Most customers love these chinos for their soft material and perfect fit. If you are a curvy girl, you can even get the curvy fit version.
“The fabric is soft and washes and dries well, and they last forever,” one reviewer said.
Buck Mason Baja Twill Field Chino
These pants are between casual and dressy thanks to their relaxed fit. With a high-waisted silhouette and a loose fit, these chinos are ideal to wear to work, to the park, or even to an upscale restaurant. These offer a military-inspired Hollywood vibe and roomy pockets to keep all your essentials.
Good American Casual Skate Pants
There’s nothing like wearing versatile khaki pants that allow you to be flexible! This cut from Good American offers an elevated taste and a smooth silhouette thanks to the cotton fabric.
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