As colour combinations go, well khaki and red just do, especially if you throw in a camel trench and some breton stripes (they’re sartorial shorthand for spring don’t you know?). But this season’s update has to be a slogan t-shirt.
Outfit details: Coat: Tu Clothing (sold out, similar here) / Tee and Trousers: New Look / Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters (old, similar here) / Shoes: Jemima Vine (old, similar here) / Bag: TK Maxx, (similar here)
I’ve been trying really hard to get out of my jeans a bit more recently (despite the fact I’m sitting here typing this in a pair). But it does feel like I’ve made a bit more of an effort when I do. And if you fancy dipping your toe into trousers of the non-denim variety, I think something khaki is the way to go. If they have a tie-waist then all the better.
I picked up this tapered peg-leg pair (which incidentally flatter my pins far better than most jeans these days) in New Look, when I’d popped in there to see if I could find one of those French style slogan tees, I’d first spied on instagram. I bagged the tee immediately – they also do a red striped version and at such a good price, you could afford to snap up both.
As Wear & Where so eloquently demonstrated in their latest post, a slogan t-shirt in English is so-so but translate it into French and it suddenly has a certain je ne sais quoi. I also love the way Alex styled her La Redoute tee in this recent post. And if you really want your tee to do the talking, you could ramp up the message a bit too, a la Dior’s We should All Be Feminists or something similar.
But let’s get back to khaki. Can I get away with calling khaki a neutral (I seem to say that about every colour these days)? But like trench coats and striped tops, I think khaki just seems to feel right when the sun’s out, especially if it involves a pair of chinos. Gap has several alternatives but I love these wide khaki crops the best (in the sale!) or try these relaxed cotton chinos from Cos which sit on the hip and are slightly tapered for a really flattering fit.
The red shoes are oldies but goodies (again they only come out in the warmer months) but I saw a similar pair in M&S recently (also available in leopard print), which were a really good price. And as for red shoes, everyone knows that they’re just made of magic right?
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Photo credit: Greig Sharman