Chinos rule that grey area between casual and formal dressing. They’re neither trousers, nor are they jeans, but they somehow carry the best attributes of both – structured and dapper like tailored trousers, but hardwearing like denim jeans. Is it any wonder that they’ve become an essential addition to all men’s wardrobes?
So, where exactly do chinos fall in the dress-code spectrum?
Chinos are casualwear. And by this we mean, smart casual or business casual. In other words, they can be your go-to when you have to look casual in a formal setting, like casual Fridays, or dress up a casual affair, like dinner with your girlfriend’s parents.
But that’s not all! Chinos can take on various avatars. When they come in pastels or bold colors, they look right in beachside resorts and sunny vacation locales. In dark neutral shades, they can slide into urban settings and safari lodges with aplomb. With the right kind of styling, they can shine in any environment.
Let’s begin with essential fall-winter style tips using chinos:
Color – First of all, let’s talk about the different color chinos you should own. Pack away your summer pastels. The top favorites for this season are beige, navy, charcoal grey and tan. Now let’s begin with styling tips.
Styling casual looks with chinos:
Hanging with the boys or going out for a quick run to the mall to pick up some essentials, a pair of khaki green or fall-friendly tan chinos will serve you well. Pair the khaki green chinos with a white shirt and grey sweatshirt. Accessorise with white sneakers. Warm tones of tan are ideal in this weather. Pair it with a white shirt, denim jacket and dark brown loafers.
Styling smart casual looks with chinos:
Want to impress your dinner date without looking like you tried too hard? Then wear a pair of charcoal grey washed chinos with a printed shirt and Tailorman knit flex blazer. A visit to a local exhibition? Wear navy blue chinos with a white crew-neck and body-skimming knit beige pullover. Complete the look with leather sneakers.
Styling business casual looks with chinos:
Chinos come into their own in work environments. For casual Fridays, wear a pair of navy blue chinos with white crew neck T-shirt and grey cardigan. Complete the look with dark brown leather boots. Alternatively wear a light blue shirt with tan chinos and complement this look with a navy blue blazer and brown leather boots pr monkstraps.
Do you have to break in your chinos?
The sturdy twill weave of chinos traditionally required a few wears before they were softened. But the new line of washed chinos come with the much-coveted worn-in feel. Try the range of Tailorman washed chinos at our stores to know what we’re talking about.
We hope these tips will serve you well in the months to come. To experience the luxury of tailored chinos, visit our store.