This Supposedly "Ugly" Colour Is Actually Perfect for Summer

To make a broad generalisation, you either fall in the camp that loves dressing for summer or the one that much prefers winter. If you’re the latter, chances are you don’t graduate from your winter staples until you really, really have to, and a white summer dress is the last thing on earth you’d buy. So when a heat wave strikes, what does the happy winter dresser reach for? We’re putting our money on khaki. Never mind that it’s 10 times more stain-resistant than that aforementioned white dress; it’s perfect for gently easing you out of your comfort zone of blacks and navy, and looks crisp against cotton shirts and box-fresh trainers.

Perhaps it’s the military or utility connotations dominating, but an off-the-shoulder dress in sludgy khaki feels so much more approachable than a pale, unapologetically summery style—especially when you suddenly find yourself under an expectedly grey sky. So pepper your new-season wardrobe with some khaki staples and you’ll master the transition from spring to summer effortlessly.

For our favourite khaki finds, scroll through the edit below.