How To Wear Chinos For Almost Every Occassion
Chinos are mans most practical and versatile trouser. The casual bottom like the denim jean is a style staple. But not all chinos are created equal. With so many types and colours on offer from both cheap and luxury brands, finding the perfect pair (or two) is tough. But all that is about to get simpler.
Whats A Chino?
Chinos can be defined as the combination of a smart trouser made from a more casual, cotton twill. Making their march from mid-century military ware and the days of Steve McQueen, the chinos rugged strength is even stronger today. But its crafted in slightly different cuts and versatile fabrics, ideal for conquering the urban streets or a precious dress-code party. Meanwhile, the khaki colour has changed beyond the war zone too, realigning the classic pant with expectations of contemporary mens fashion. That said, lets learn how to wear the chino this season.
Chinos Fit & Styling
How to fit and style your chinos depends on the occasion and a good understanding of your personal style. More formal occasions require mid-weight cotton with a structure that resembles a suit or separates trouser. Aim for a pair that sit nicely on the hip (no bunching) with the same rise and length in the leg as a trouser, and one with tapering at the ankle. Another way to achieve cinched-look is by rolling the cuff 1.5 to 2 inches turned-up from the bottom is best. A big trend this season is a slightly wider leg, with the chino being rolled at the ankle to create a tapering at the bottom. Its a Fifties groove that cant go wrong.
Colour Your World
Though khaki is the original chino hue, venturing into colour for your next pair is the best idea for the upcoming spring. Soothing shades from rose and lilac grey to peach and light red are easy to wear and are big colours for men this season, pushed on by fashion week in June. The lightness and brightness counteract over-the-top navy blazer formalities and channels a bobo aesthetic with a collared shirt or jacket and silk scarf. That said, nothing says classic like neutral; navy and grey chinos for both formal and casual events and on-trend marsala or dark red. Otherwise, try something more earthen such as forest green, rocky charcoal or taupe sand so a night-time pant.