Khaki: A color? A material? Something else?

Many people use the term “khaki” to refer to the general category of casual trousers made from cotton, and frequently even use the word when referring to almost any casual cotton trouser, regardless of color or fabrication.  However, its origin is very definitive and specific.

Khaki began as a color, the dusty shade of the Indian desert used by the British army in the 1800s to camouflage their previously white trousers. When applied to the cotton twill “chino” military fabric, the color and the style of slacks became synonymous.

Khaki trousers are considered one of the most hard-working options in casualwear, but they never have to be average. At Wingtip, our wide selection of Bills Khakis are available in up to three fits, and some include the option of flat or pleated front.

Another option is to craft custom-fit khakis specifically to your style preference and build. We can help you design your ideal pair of workhorse slacks, whether you prefer a flat front and a trim fit or a pleated front with a full fit–or anything in between. The custom approach also offers options for personal preferences in pocket style, belt loop style or no loops at all. Of course, your pattern and style preference can be replicated as your wardrobe needs dictate.

And if you are one of the many people committed to the the broad use of khaki as simply a color, then there is a whole world of fabrics in wool and wool blends from which a great pair of trousers can be made to meet your wardrobe needs.

To talk with Bruce about your custom pair of khakis–or custom khaki-colored anything, contact

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Bruce Zuckerman

Bespoke Director, Bruce Zuckerman brings over two decades of custom clothing experience to Wingtip, including years of working with the same factories Wingtip is using for custom suits, coats, and shirts. Zuckerman sold men's and boys' clothing during his college years, but left for a lucrative career in computer tech. After 17 years, the computers were less than satisfying, and he plunged into an uncertain but ultimately rewarding career in clothing. Zuckerman prefers the versatility of solid fabrics, but has a soft-spot for bold pinstripes and Glenplaid.

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