What Color to Wear With Tan Pants

Ashley Tisdale wears a floaty white top with her skinny tan pants.

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At first, tan or khaki pants may not seem like they go with just about every color, but they are actually a surprisingly malleable neutral that works with most hues on the color wheel. Whether you're more of an "Annie Hall" tomboy type, a country club prepster or label-loving clotheshorse, there are an endless array of colorful options out there to perfectly fit your taste, budget and personal style.

Blinded by the Brights

Tan is a shade that is low-key, unassuming and quiet -- the ideal foil to the bright and bold colors found in a box of crayons. Cherry reds, juicy oranges and rich purples contrast perfectly when worn with light or medium shades of khaki. If you like to push boundaries a little with your clothing choices, perhaps give neon a go. Day-glo pinks and greens are unexpected, edgy and very fashion-forward, especially when they are worn with a traditionally preppy color like tan.

Nautical By Nature

Nothing is more American than the good old red, white and blue. And if you have a taste for patriotic or nautical styles, wearing the colors of the flag is the choice for you. A red-and-white-striped rugby shirt or navy blue polo are both fantastic ways to top off your beige capris. You could also play the layering game, coupling a blue tank with a red one that peaks ever so slightly out from underneath.

Welcome to the Jungle

When tan fabric is used for craft cargo pants and multi-pocket shorts, a safari vibe immediately comes to mind. So if you're a bit more rough and tumble and dig clothes with utilitarian details, take some inspiration from the depths of South American rainforest and go green and brown. Shades of deep emerald and jade mimic the colors of palm fronds and tropical plant leaves while the deepness of a chocolate brown tee offsets the lightness of your khakis.

All Peace-ness and White

Ashley Tisdale got it right when she paired her tan skinnies with white. White is actually a no-brainer since, like khaki, it goes with everything. If you do want to go with white, you can take a cue from Tisdale and contrast the sharpness of tailored trousers with a floaty, ethereal cami. But if Diane Keaton as Annie Hall is your style icon, a crisp white menswear button-up shirt and khakis have that boyish, private school charm will always and forever be classically cool.

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