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KHAKI Fashion classic gets a makeover for spring



Published: Sat, January 29, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



The fabric is being used more like denim.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Khaki is getting a makeover.

The stone-color twill fabric remains the same -- it's what makes khaki khaki, after all -- but the fashion classic is being put to new uses.

"Khaki has moved beyond the familiar pair of pleated khaki pants and is being shown in new shapes, like the shrunken jacket, the minidress or the wide-leg culottes," says Teen Vogue editor in chief Amy Astley.

"The 1970s preppy version of khaki has been updated and influenced by today's street culture and fashion," adds the magazine's fashion market director Gloria Baume. It's being used more like denim, she says.

Fashionable versions of khaki are being offered by a variety of sources, ranging from youthful retailer Abercrombie & amp; Fitch to top designers like Prada, Michael Kors and Max Mara.

Accessorizing khakis with high heels, oversized sunglasses, wide rope belts and slouchy shoulder bags also fits with the spring's looser, more bohemian look.

Teen Vogue recommends five ways to update the khaki in your closet:

UA shrunken jacket. A fitted, cropped jacket with 3/4 sleeves can be worn with everything. "It will be your go-to khaki item this spring," according to Teen Vogue.

UThe oversized trouser. Wear wide-leg cargos and a skinny tank top. Play with proportions.

UThe minidress. A slightly longer version of a khaki shirt is very chic. Wear it with a body-defining wide belt to show your shape.

UThe culottes. Wear these knee-length pans with a rope belt and sky-high platforms.

UThe military shirt. This shirt should be worn layered over a long polo shirt. Again, play with proportions.




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