Somewhere I believe, that chinos are one of the most functional bottom-wear for men because you can pair them with almost everything. You can wear chinos with t-shirts, shirts, blazers, coats, etc.
I prefer Chinos for the comfort they provide.
Originally, chinos are made 100% of cotton (a twill fabric) but now they are also made of cotton & synthetic blends.
Chino pants have apparent stitching, made in a sturdy weave.
Chinos were created in the middle of the 19th century. In the form of military clothing in England and France.
Today chinos are one of the most prominent and popular fashion trends.
These pants are lightweight and extremely comfortable.
HOW TO WEAR CHINOS
01. Trousers vs chinos –
Chinos and khakis (if the color is khaki) are two similar variations of trousers but to make a difference between chinos and trousers, you can go over the following points –
(a) The trousers are more formal than chinos in appearance, you can wear chinos with t-shirts and sneakers.
Therefore, chinos are slightly informal but it doesn’t mean that you can not wear them with oxford shirts and blazers.
(b) Trousers are more wealthy in fitting and chinos are incredible in appearance.
(c) There is a wide range of materials available for trousers like velvet, cotton, Lenin, wool, and khadi but chinos are originally made only of pure cotton.
(d) The most important difference between chinos and trousers is, there are only regular color options are available in trousers but chinos came in a lot of different color options like green, yellow, blue, red, maroon, etc.
02. Colors for chinos –
So, now we are talking about the most fascinating topic of all time in fashion and dressing.
As you all know chinos are available in plenty of colors but there are also some unclassy colors that you should avoid in chinos like yellow, purple, and red.
You can choose neutral colors like black, gray, brown, and white.
I recommend off-gray, dark gray, and brown colors especially because they look remarkable in chinos.
Still, If you want to try some distinctive colors then you can go for light green, olive green, burgundy, maroon, off-white, pinkish-red, light blue, etc.
03. Casual looks –
Chinos are one of the best casual pants.
You can’t wear denim jeans all the time because they are not that loosened up and breathable.
So, chinos can be a reasonable alternative to denim jeans.
Chinos are made of handy material, that is why it is an adequate option for casual dressing.
You can wear them with different t-shirts and shirts.
On the other hand, jeans are made of a very thick material called denim.
You can pair chinos with polo t-shirts and this is the perfect look when you are going for a date or hangout.
Chinos paired with the white/black crew neck t-shirt layered by a classic leather/suede jacket is a promising badass look that you can own.
You can easily pull off chinos in different ways and trust me you’ll look tremendous.
When it comes to colors, you can try green, cream, and gray-colored chinos without any doubt.
If you want to put in a little more character and uniqueness to your casual dressing, then an irregular slight tucking of your shirt with chinos can make it happen for you.
04. Semi-formal looks –
It is easy to create a classic Semi-formal look with chinos.
When Jeans are super casual and trousers are more on the formal side, chinos are the best option for Semi-formal dressing.
You can match chinos handily with any Semi-formal shirt and shoes.
By the way, we’ll discuss shoes deeply at the end of this article.
You can pair polka dot or pinstripe patterned shirts with chinos and also you can try several fabrics like linen, silk, cotton, etc.
It is completely on your fashion sense, how nicely you use chinos to achieve the best Semi-formal look possible.
05. Formal looks –
If you are an office guy then chinos can also be a very good option for you.
I’ve noticed that now a lot of people recognize Chinos as a formal piece of clothing.
Also, It looks very charming and elegant when you pair chinos with dress shirts.
The best formal dress code that I can suggest to you is a pair of gray chinos with a White/black formal shirt.
I just love to match chinos with different formal shirts.
it is so pleasant to have a neat and classic office look.
Yes, I know formal pants are the best bottom-wear for formal occasions but having an elegant alternative is also crucial in the space of fashion.
Let these cotton pants play that role and I’m sure you will fall in love with chinos.
The only thing you have to be very sensible about is choosing the right color.
06. Occasional looks –
It can be a little tough to combine chinos for different events but don’t worry I’m here to crack the difficulties –
(a) When you’re pairing chinos with a blazer, keep in mind that there should not be too much material gap between them.
(b) You can wear chinos for weddings and ceremonies but make sure that you pick the colors wisely and the dress code should be rich in the impression.
(c) Always, there should a contrast balance between the upper wear and chinos.
(d) if you are wearing chinos for a casual occasion then your belt should be made of only canvas or leather but when you opt for chinos for office events and weddings, then the belt should a formal belt.
07. Shoe selection for chinos –
Shoes are the key element of every dress code. Especially, when you are wearing chinos, the selection of shoes becomes more significant.
“The shoes you wear manipulates the look you want”.
There are so many shoe options that you can wear according to the look you are intending for –
(a) casual look –
You can wear sneakers, low-tops, boots, and casual loafers with chinos when you are pairing a t-shirt with them.
Make sure the coordination of chinos and shoes empowering some casual vibes.
(b) semi-formal look –
As I mentioned previously, chinos can be the best Semi-formal bottom wear.
So, it is easier to match semi-formal shoes with them.
You can undoubtedly wear different types of loafers along with chinos but you can also wear chukka boots, Chelsea boots, brogues, and lace-up boots with chinos.
(c) formal look –
There are a lot of formal shoe options, that we can pair with chinos flawlessly.
You can wear oxford shoes, derby shoes, monk shoes and they all look elegant with chinos.
You can wear dress shoes, chukka, Chelsea and formal boots with chinos.
Brogues also look classic with chinos.
It is completely on how you make combinations.