The Perfect Preppy Khakis - Berle Charleston Khakis

Berle Charleston Khakis offer a timeless style that's perfect for the preppy look. We offer pleated and flat front variations with a range of colors from Charleston Brick to light khaki. 

What is it about the Charleston look that separates our trousers from the rest and makes them the perfect preppy khakis? And why should that matter to you? Here's what you need to know.

Defining the “Charleston Look”

Like accents and unique slang, there are different “styles” for different regions across the United States. It’s not hard, for example, to identify a New England accent—as well as New England style. The same is true in the American south, of which Charleston is one of the most culturally-important cities there is.

New England and Charleston looks have some similarities, as pointed out by But while New England style has a strong emphasis on outerwear during the winter months—and reasonably so—the Southern/Charleston look has to deal with warmer temperatures year-round. And that means understanding comfortable and light fabrics that nonetheless communicate a sense of substance and style. Some might call it, “summer preppy.”

The Charleston Khaki is one of the most obvious demonstrations of this. For example, take these Charleston Khakis Cotton/Tancel in Flat Front. The light color is a summer-y look—after all, you’re not supposed to wear white after labor day. But another way to think about southern style is how the rest of the country dresses until Labor Day. With warm temperatures year-round, it’s important to look and stay comfortable even in a humid, subtropical climate.

Creating A Preppy Look with Charleston Khakis

Charleston Khakis In Stretch Twill

Yes, this look is about more than just a good pair of khakis—but that doesn’t mean you can skip what might be the most essential piece! These khakis are simple, elegant, comfortable, and come in a range of unique colors that will help you differentiate your style from what everyone else is wearing.

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Southern/Charleston style is more than just a warmer version of New England preppy—it has its own identity. Although they share some of the same themes, such as access to the ocean, the truth is that Charleston’s style tends to have fewer patterns than New England. Browsing through our available Charleston Khakis, you’ll find that our pieces tend to have the following characteristics in common:

  • A simple, stripped-down, monochromatic look
  • Pairing particularly well with browns
  • Colors tend to be lighter and more pastel rather than focusing on Earth tones

In warmer weather, lighter colors tend to be more comfortable, and that’s had an influence on the kinds of colors you’ll see worn. In particular, matching clothes to colors like navy and brown as opposed to charcoal may be one of the main differences of living on a coast rather than living in a cooler climate.

Shop Berle Charleston Khakis

To nail the perfect preppy look, order a pair (or two) of Berle Charleston Khakis today!


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Charleston Khakis in Charleston Brick