Khaki may have been borrowed from the Army, but it is far from uniform. For a start, there is every shade from deepest olive to desert sand. In fact, khaki is an Urdu word for the colour of earthy dust incorporated into the English language to describe the colour as long ago as 1850.
It is a bit over the top to call it the new black but it is definitely the newest addition to our must-have colours to join our classics: navy, grey and black. I am not the Khaki Police, but best to avoid Off-Duty-Dad-Khaki and go for something a bit more intense and olive. The rich shades of khaki are looking wonderful teamed with red and I have tried it with Winser blue: a great combo. Smart for Spring, in silk and cashmere as well as the more military-inspired pieces, crisp with collars and belts. Look out for Winser’s new Jumpsuit in cotton twill coming in March, £179. Here now is the Tilda Silk Shirt, £165, the Pure Linen T-Shirt, £69 and the Pure Linen Long Sleeved T-Shirt, £75. All work well with the Cotton Twill side-zip Capri, £79. The Cotton Twill A-Line Skirt, £89 and the Cotton Twill Cropped Trouser, £89, could be teamed with either of the khaki pieces or would look good with midnight navy.
By Vanessa de Lisle - www.thefashioncupboard.com