A khaki skirt may at first conjure up thoughts of an African safari or boarding school uniform, but thankfully there are many more fashion plays to be made from this one simple item. Ranging from a light olive to a beige tone, khaki functions as a neutral, similar to blue denim. Team it with a crisp blouse for a workday or dress it down for a casual day of errands – whatever you choose, you may find a khaki skirt is just as versatile as your favorite pair of jeans.
A fitted khaki miniskirt can be the basis of a breezy outfit when worn with a simple T-shirt or tank. In warmer months, pick a top in a spring color – think tangerine, citron or coral – and pair it with tan T-strap sandals. If you prefer an all-neutral palette, opt for a white V-neck tee or a black ribbed tank and finish with a pair of cheetah-print ballet flats or a bright-colored scarf for an unexpected pop of color. Add a brown leather cross-body bag and simple gold hoops to complete the cool and casual vibe.
Whether a day at the office or a lunch meeting is on your agenda, an A-line khaki skirt can work well for a professional look. Wear a white shell and top with a belted burgundy jacket. Slip into black mary-janes and carry a black leather satchel for a tailored finish. If your workplace is a bit more relaxed, a basic white or blue button-down shirt tucked into your skirt creates a preppy appearance. Rock heeled loafers and add a silver menswear-inspired watch and matching studs to complete the ensemble.
Balance the sturdiness of a khaki skirt with an airy chiffon blouse for a bit of femininity. Pick a pretty, puff-sleeve silhouette in a ditzy floral print or swiss-dot fabric and finish with neutral ballet flats. Pastels like peach, pink, baby blue, ecru and blush look lovely next to khaki and create a soft palette. Tuck in a ruffled blouse in a light shade or a wear a blue chambray shirt, tying the front to hit just above the waistline. Add rose-gold accessories, cream tights and cognac riding boots for an equestrian finish to an otherwise girly ensemble.
Let a khaki skirt ground a traditional nautical look with the addition of elements like stripes and anchor motifs, along with pieces in red, white and blue. For instance, pair a button-down knee-length khaki skirt with a navy-and-white striped T-shirt and top it with a red cardigan. Opt for even more polish by teaming a pleated khaki skirt with a red blouse; add a white blazer with three-quarter sleeves and gold buttons. Slip into neutral espadrilles and carry a navy clutch to finish the seafaring look.
Stacey Kole was managing editor of the International fashion and beauty publication Savvy where she penned stories on all things beauty and style, while writing cover stories on such celebrities as Victoria Hudgens and Julianne Hough. She continues to write for a variety of online fashion, beauty and health publications.
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