How to give your Khakis a Polished-Twist

All Photos by Demi Styles. Location: ESTATE.

How do you wear khakis and still look stylish? It's all in how you pull the ensemble together and where you shop for your khaki pants. Let me show you how I do it.

When I go through my closet looking for "something to wear," I consider the entire outfit from head-to-toe. Everyone does, right? On this particular day, I was interviewing Candy Spelling at the beautiful property in Buckhead, Ga known as Estate, thanks Tony Conway! I knew I wanted to tone down my look. In other words, I didn't want to be flashy. I wanted to appear polished and refined while still maintaining a casual feel. A pair of khakis, the right pair, matched with the right blazer would help me achieve the look. The only thing "conservative" about these khakis are the very fiber of their being, literally! Moving beyond the textile, my trousers are wide-legged, single pleat with a two-inch cuff and hemmed with no break to reveal ankle. Not your everyday khakis!

With a wider pant, a tailored fit for the shirt and blazer are imperative. AND you know how I feel about

pocket squares



A crisp white shirt is an essential. Every man should have one or twelve in his closet.


Last and definitely not least, shoes. They should always make a statement. This is the Hawkins Shawl Penny Loafer by Cole Haan in a hunter green suede and leather with wooden soles. They match the blazer, but not too much. To give them that extra fashion-forward oomph, wear them without socks. [Banana Republic carries an excellent line of "no sock" socks.]

Next time you want to dress up your khakis, consider where they came from. Start with that! Designer labels make a difference here. These are Thom Brown for Brooks Brothers. Follow the advice I provided and you'll look sharp and dapper.