Perhaps Gap was too good at marketing their product (and who could resist the swing commercial, really?) because they were soon everywhere. For a while, any pant that wasn't khaki, black, brown or (for the daring) olive disappeared. Men's wardrobes, it seems, still haven't recovered. Khakis became so prevalent, companies started to require a uniform of khaki and polo. (Improv Everywhere even made a joke of it by sending fifty people wearing blue polos and khakis to Best Buy.) Much how denim provides a hint of play to anything it's paired with, khakis can't wash off the stench of work. A blazer, striped button down, oxfords, and jeans can be a cool take on typical menswear especially considering the wear pattern of the jeans. But with khakis? Now you're just the CEO of my company. Even more casual cuts just look like they were made for more hands on jobs (of course, that could be my four years in cargo carpenter khakis talking). Since khakis are swinging back into popularity, all these things juggle in my mind and make me cringe. They feel like a uniform. They feel like work. They feel like I'm complying to purposeless rules. They feel limiting.
*le sigh* This revival may be unstoppable, but can I at least request the pants are cut better than in the commercials above?