Corporate Trend Alert: Khaki

Jumpstart your uniform program by shifting gears; specifically, put it in neutral by going the khaki route. With the recent emergence of military and safari, this impartial tone blends right in. But there's more to khaki than being a straight preppy or military staple. Spring's fresh take on khaki is slightly feminine with preppy accents that really make the whole look pop. For women, think about creating some contrast with a flirty chiffon top, a studded clutch or a blazer in a deep hue. A neutral palette keeps things subtle, so this look can easily go from day to night. Men too can pair khaki with a multitude of other colors. 

Here are some fresh ways khaki is sweeping the fashion spectrum:

Pants: Khakis are like jeans – one pair is never enough. A built-in cuff increases the fashion quotient of plain-front khakis. Pair with equally contemporary clothes, like a casual jacket. The perfect khaki pant will go with many separates and work its way well into summer.

Shirts/sweaters: A slim-cut utility shirt can become office-appropriate when accented with black accessories like a knit tie for men, cap-toe shoes for women and a leather belt for both. A great sweater can also finish off a khaki look.

Jackets: Port Authority's J754 Challenger Jacket is a long-time favorite, featuring a traditional design and a durable, water-repellent shell to keep you warm and dry.

Skirts/dresses: Khaki skirts and dresses can be kicked up a notch with feminine accents like ruching, pleating, waist ties and frilly trim.

Accessories: Colorful accessories are the key to pulling off the new khaki trend. Add a tie-dye scarf in varying shades of orange, yellow and brown to a dress or skirt outfit to add a bit of color. Also, look for a bag in khaki brown, orange or yellow to pull the whole outfit together. The best part about a khaki bag is that it can take a beating and still look stylish.

When paired with the right outfit accents, khaki will have your clients looking less like members of the A-Team and more like chic G.I. Janes.