Khaki Manual

Dockers Clothing

Published on 08.05.2020

What Is Khaki?
What Is Khaki?

The Color

The garment is so globally recognized that it’s now referred to as its own color, khaki is a light brown with a hint of yellow, resulting in a sandy tan hue. The word “khaki” is actually from India, and means “soil-colored” or “dusty.” Its origins are truly utilitarian; in the mid-1800s, soldiers in the British military, in an attempt to blend in with their surroundings, would use soil and tea to stain or dye their clothes and create this rugged, camouflaging shade. Today, it’s often referred to as “camel” or “beige,” but “khaki” is truly universal.

The Pants

First referring to the color, the term “khaki” became the unofficial name of the earth-toned, dust-colored pants, which reached global popularity with explorers and adventurers in the early 1900s. When returning WWII soldiers attended college, most wore their khaki uniform pants to campus, sparking a cultural phenomenon. In 1955, Levi’s® introduced the Levi’s® Casual Line, featuring khaki pants geared towards working men. By this time, khakis had started to gain recognition as more than workwear; they were rugged casuals with utilitarian function, well-suited for daily life.

The Fabric

A light tan fabric originally used in military uniforms. The color and garment became so pervasive that khaki cloth became its own entity in the textile world, with a few defining characteristics: its composition of durable cotton, its twill weave, and its classic sand-like color, rugged and neutral at once.

Dockers Technology

Our exclusive, ground-breaking Smart Series™ fabrics and efficiently designed features.


All Motion Comfort Waistband

This exclusive Dockers® technology gives you up to 2” of extra stretch, for the ultimate in comfort.

All Seasons Tech™

This dual-action thermoregulating fabric keeps you warm when it's cold and cool when it's warm.

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DuraFlex Lite™

Super lightweight with maximum durability, this fabric feels lighter and is made to last longer — wear after wear, wash after wash.


Short for Durable Water Repellent, this is a water-resistant chemical coating usually found in our outerwear.

Flex Waistband

This exclusive Dockers® waistband has extra, ultra-flexible stretch for extra comfort.

Individual Fit® Waistband

This exclusive Dockers® technology gives you up to 1” of extra stretch, for added comfort when you need it.

Lux Cotton Stretch

This fabric has next-level smoothness and sheen, but still has stretch for comfort and performance. In other words, it’s stretch fabric that doesn’t look stretchy.

Never Iron

This custom fabric is ultra crease-resistant, so you can put that iron away for good.

Smart 360 Tech™

Where sport meets khaki, this fabric has 4-Way Stretch and wicking properties to help you stay in the game with high performance features and unrivaled comfort.

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Supreme Flex™

With next-level flexibility, superior comfort, and remarkable recovery, this fabric is ready for action, no matter the opportunity.

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When something has “moisture wicking” properties, that means it draws moisture away from the body.

2-Way Stretch

Fabric that stretches in one direction, usually horizontally.

4-Way Stretch

Fabric that stretches horizontally and vertically, never holding you back.

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Skinny Fit

Our closest-fitting, leanest cut, this fit sits low, is cut slimmer throughout, and narrows at the ankle.


Tapered Fit

Just the right amount of slim with a narrower leg opening, this fit sits low, is slim through the seat, and is tapered at the ankle.


Slim Fit

Just the right amount of slim with a straight leg opening, this fit sits slightly below the waist, is slim through the seat, and has a straight leg opening. If you’re looking for an especially sharp look, slim fit dress pants are especially great.


Straight Fit

Straight, relaxed, and never baggy, this fit sits just below the waist, with a straight seat and a straight leg opening.


Athletic Fit

Built for strong thighs and tapered for style, this fit sits below the waist, with room for the thighs and is tapered at the ankle.


Classic Fit

An established style with easy, straight lines, this fit sits at the waist, with room in the thigh and a straight leg opening.


Relaxed Fit

A trusted style with more room to move, this fit sits at the waist, and is full at the hip with a straight leg opening.



Our joggers are slim, tapered and cuffed at the ankle.