During medieval times when only the rich could afford colorful clothes, working folks yearned for more colorful frocks. They would be astonished at people today who wear neutrals such as black, grey, and beige when so many colors are available and affordable in clothes.
I read a wonderful fashion forecast today and you will note my enthusiasm for some changes in the capitalized portions below:
"Khaki is a fabric, but in the fashion world it's also a color, and you're going to see a lot of both this spring and summer. The fabric that was first introduced in 1848 for British colonial troops in India is also now far from the barracks.
Today it's still used for a wide range of military uniforms, but this season we're seeing fun and trendy khaki for people of all ages. Original khaki was a blend of cotton and wool.
It may still be that combination for cold weather, but in warmer months most khaki is 100 percent cotton or a cotton and synthetic blend in a variety of weaves. This year, khaki ranging in shades from sandy to olive drab is used for everything from dresses to skinny cargo pants to shorts of all lengths.
"Khaki never really goes away," says David Wolfe, a New York fashion trend consultant for the Doneger Group. "I think we're seeing a lot of it right now because IT REPRESENTS THE HALFWAY MARK BETWEEN NO COLOR, WHICH IS WHERE WE'VE BEEN FASHION WISE FOR TOO LONG AND THE TSUNAMI OF COLOR THAT IS COMING FAST AND STRONG."
He describes khaki as having more color than tan and "certainly less depressing than that old black that seems never ending."
"And it's safer than going gangbusters into BRIGHT COLOR AS THE TOP EUROPEAN DESIGNERS ARE DOING THIS SPRING AND EVEN MORE SO FOR NEXT FALL," he said.
Many designers, both European and American, have combined khaki and other fabrics - such as gingham or voile - for some of the best spring looks. Another selling point: Khaki is a solid neutral that works well with almost any color - white, navy, black, red and a myriad of prints available this spring. With the versatility and wearability of khaki, don't be surprised if it becomes your warm weather uniform."