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Cute Outfits to Wear With Khaki Shorts

by Barbie Carpenter

Khaki shorts are a mainstay item of clothing, and one that you probably can find in your current wardrobe. A comfortable and relaxed look when the weather warms up, a pair of khaki shorts work well for a number of looks, whether your outfits are classic, fashion forward or eclectic. Discover the many cute ensembles you can create with a staple in your wardrobe, and your khaki shorts will instantly become more versatile -- so versatile, in fact, that you just might need another pair.

Modern Prepster

Khaki shorts are a staple in the modern prep's wardrobe. Create a decidedly preppy -- but still modern -- style by pairing your khaki shorts with a button-down top. Choose a loose-fitting chambray shirt with the sleeves rolled up for warm fall days or a pastel gingham print when the weather warms up in the spring. Even a simple, fitted white button-down shirt can create a casually chic ensemble when paired with your khaki shorts. Tuck in your shirt, and finish your look with a colorful belt. A comfortable pair of boat shoes goes well with the preppy vibe.

Autumn Warmth

When crisp fall mornings turn to warm afternoons, a pair of khakis can be a seasonally appropriate laid-back look. Create a layered ensemble with your khaki shorts, pairing them with a cardigan and T-shirt or tank top. Consider rich jewel tones -- purple, deep blue or ruby -- for this outfit. These darker colors provide a contrast with neutral khaki. Add another layer of warmth -- one that you can easily remove when the weather warms up -- with a patterned scarf that complements your cardigan and tee. Cozy canvas shoes or ballet flats complete your outfit and keep your toes warm.

Dressy Statement

Khaki shorts aren't necessarily a strictly casual outfit. You can dress up your shorts in a number of ways. Add a loose-fitting trapeze tank -- choose one with an abstract pattern, lace or sequins -- for a dressier look. Black pairs well with khaki and instantly elevates your ensemble. You can also transform your simple T-shirt from day to night by wearing a statement necklace. Replace those flat sandals with wedges, which will elongate your legs and give you some added height, to glam up your khaki shorts.

Nautical Nod

Embrace your neutral khaki shorts and create a subtle nautical vibe. Wear a horizontally striped top -- preferably in navy and white -- with your shorts. Incorporate some red or yellow tones into your nautically inspired outfit -- a red clutch, yellow sandals or a colorful belt can enhance your seafaring look. Feeling chilly? Add a navy blazer with your striped top and khaki shorts for that added touch of nautical prep.

About the Author

Barbie Carpenter worked as a technical writer and editor in the defense industry for six years. She also served as a newspaper feature page editor and nationally syndicated columnist for the Hearst Corp. Carpenter holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Florida and a graduate certificate in professional writing from the University of Central Florida.

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