You are not the car you drive
You are not your fucking khakis!

I absolutely love Fight Club - this is a cult movie.

I know that khakis mean a special color used for army dresses; but I want to know what it means in the context of the movie. What did Tyler Durden mean by this?

What does khakis mean?

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    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khaki – John Dvorak Nov 27 '14 at 19:02
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    @JanDvorak, yes i know what khakis mean! it is special color used for army dresses; but i want to know what it means in the context of the movie! What did Tyler Durden mean by this? – ERJAN Nov 27 '14 at 19:04
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    It actually has the potential of generating a good answer. Adjectives can "become" nouns, for example we talk about "looking after the old". If we're feeling down and low in morale, we're having the blues. – Mari-Lou A Nov 27 '14 at 19:31
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    It's the final "refutation" in a stream of them... "You are not your job... You're not how much money you have in the bank... not the car you drive... not the contents of your wallet... not your fucking khakis." In which context it doesn't really matter exactly what khakis means to the speaker or the addressee. Obviously they're all supposed to be visible symbols of wealth and success, though personally I'd tend to see the wearing of khaki (trousers) as a negative trait if I had to place it somewhere on the "desirable/undesirable" scale. – FumbleFingers Nov 27 '14 at 20:23
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    RE: @JanDvorak, yes i know what khakis mean! it is special color used for army dresses; but i want to know what it means in the context of the movie! You could have avoided that comment if you had just stated that in your question to begin with. Had you included a simple, "I understand it is a special color for army uniforms, but..." that would have helped everyone start at the same place. However, you asked instead: "What does khakis mean?" so don't be surprised if the first response you get is a link telling you the meaning of khakis. – J.R. Nov 28 '14 at 0:48

"Khakis" is often used to refer to pants (that are khaki-colored, or made of the khaki textile). For example, Old Navy has a khakis page that lists various pants [1] and one specific to men's khakis [2].

In the context of the movie, khakis are another 'material good' that Tyler denounces, like cars, ikea furniture, etc.

[1] http://www.oldnavy.com/products/khakis.jsp

[2] http://www.oldnavy.com/products/mens-khaki-pants.jsp

  • Another example: gap.com/products/mens-khaki-pants.jsp – A E Nov 27 '14 at 19:30
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    I agree with this answer, but would add that khaki pants have class overtones, as they are commonly seen in white-collar work environments in North America (as part of the "business casual" dress style). – PersonX Nov 27 '14 at 21:10
  • Khakis used to (at least) refer to military dress. A khaki uniform is often referred to as khakis. (Wikipedia) Members of different militaries sometimes had different kinds of uniforms, and khakis was one type. – Drew Nov 27 '14 at 21:44
  • very good now I see khakis is just another type of pants, another symbol of consumerism... any kind of clothes that everyone wants, desires.... – ERJAN Nov 29 '14 at 9:28

Maybe I have a clue. Sir Terence Conran, a founder of Habitat, an advocate of design and minimalism, supposedly said, "I am not my khakis"


The stuff you own, wear, etc. does not define you. This is not about a higher status symbol. This is just about things / stuff in general. I suppose the minimalistic rhetoric of Fight Club refers to this sentense, because it is a symbol of not beeing addicted to material posessions.

  • Can you please add links to your sources? Once added, this answer will be a good one. – Hank Feb 7 '17 at 20:12

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