How to Nail the Safari Look
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It’s All About the Jacket
It probably goes without saying that the staple in any safari wardrobe is the jacket. In years gone by, the safari jacket was the iconic piece of the tropical uniform worn by the British military. This featured several pockets, epaulettes and a waist belt, was lightweight in style for coolness and ease of movement in the day but didn’t lack any warmth at night.
Today, many jackets are based on this classic design and will be made from lightweight fabrics like cotton so as to give the breathability you need on those hot summer days.
Whichever you choose, though, will transfer from day to night with ease. After a day on the safari, simply team your jacket with some chinos and a shirt for dressier occasions or jeans and a t-shirt for more casual ones.
The Style’s in the Shirt
For maximum comfort on hot safaris, you’ll need a linen- or cotton-blend shirt for added breathability. And when it comes to style, you’ll want a timeless, crisp option that’ll stand the test of time. Just inject your own personality into the shirt by choosing something with distinguished shirt details, e.g. rolled tab sleeves, epaulettes or single-button chest pockets.
If you prefer short-sleeved shirts you’ll also find plenty of these, or roll up the sleeves of a long-sleeved design for a casual vibe.
Bring It All Together with Your Legwear
Now, to bring the look together, you’ll need to choose the right legwear. Shorts, chinos or slim-fitting trousers are classic safari essentials. However, modern alternatives, e.g. slimline cargo pants, can work just as well.
Again, khaki colors are the ideal style for these trousers and the lighter neutral colors of these (e.g. stone, sand or beige) are a flattering choice for all body shapes and sizes.
All that’s left now is to find a sturdy pair of shoes, e.g. the desert boot or a leather or suede walking/working boot. Add these in earthy colors and you’ll have nailed your safari look.
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