"I've never been a khaki girl," admits Sandi Bass, left, who—still enviably lithe at 60—has always stuck to jeans or leggings. Now she's discovered that slim, cropped khakis (Loft, $60) feel lighter and easier for summer, especially paired with a peasant blouse (Ralph Lauren Blue Label, $345) and simple flats (All Black). "They're so comfy," says Sandi, "they'll help me get where I'm going a little bit faster"—like from her job as a model scout to daughter Christina's house to watch her grandchildren (Malea, 2, left, and Naima, 14 months).
Shell, Ralph Lauren Blue Label, $68
GIRLS' NIGHT OUT
Christina Copeland, a 29-year-old actress, right, steps out in a pair of cuffed cargo pants (Tommy Hilfiger, $68), a graphic blouse (Yigal Azrouël, $410), and platform wedges (Christian Louboutin). "This outfit is classy and funky," says Christina, who finds it a few notches above her usual jeans and tees. "I like it!"
Earrings, Gara Danielle. Bracelets, Gara Danielle and Diane Cotton Jewelry. On Malea: Dress, Ralph Lauren Childrenswear, $55. Shoes, Simple Shoes. On Naima: Onesie, Petit Bateau, $20. Roll-up pants, BabyGap, $20. Shoes, Converse.
"I have a full figure, and I like to accentuate that," says Rose Donato, 53, a global project manager. Slim trousers (Talbots, $80), paired with a slightly darker safari-inspired shirt-jacket (Outback Red by The Limited, $60), emphasize her waist and lengthen her 51 frame without being too matchy. A leopard-print bag (Kotur) and studded sandals (Jinny Kim) give the outfit an edge while keeping it office-friendly. "I love animal prints," Rose says. "Especially with khaki, they just add a little drama."
Earrings, Noir. Bangle, Alexis Bittar. Ring, Gara Danielle.
"I try to stay away from jeans. They're either too tight or too loose," says devoted khaki wearer Danimaris Fonseca, 28, a systems administrator. On relaxed weekends, cropped khakis with a cuff (Not Your Daughter's Jeans, $98) add just enough structure to a beachy tunic (Chico's, $89) to take her from the farmers' market to an afternoon barbecue with friends. The stretch sateen pants cinch Danimaris's curvy midsection. Capri-length bottoms always look best with a bit of a heel (wedges, Coach). Bangles, Ben-Amun by Isaac Manevitz.See more of the summer's most wearable trends, modeled by actress-comedian-mom Ali Wentworth
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