Every man has his favourite piece of clothing. Whether it be a worn-out jumper from your uni days or the tie you wore to your first day in the office, there’s always that one item that you seem to be reaching for.
So why not make that piece something practical? Say, a pair of chinos?
When it comes to buying chinos, there are a few non-negotiables for achieving that sleek, effortless style we all aim for.
- As with any item of clothing, fit is essential. Your new chinos will be worn to work and on the weekends, so look for a slimmer fit that aren’t Mick Jagger tight; there are some things your friends and co-workers don’t need to see.
- Choosing the colour of your chinos will ultimately define when you wear them and how they are styled. To make life easy for you and the sales assistant, we suggest aiming for a nice neutral taupe colour that you can wear year round. Once you’ve got the basics out of the way, you can add to your chino collection with olive green tones for winter and a lighter sand colour that will see you through the warmer months.
- You don’t want to be sweating your way through summer and freezing during winter, so pay close attention to the fabrication of the chinos before you purchase. You’ll generally find quality chinos are around a 97% cotton, 3% elastane blend. Cotton is a miracle fibre that regulates your body temperature and elastane provides the comfortable stretch every gent needs.
So, you’ve heeded our advice and gone and got yourself a pair of chinos that meets the brief. Now what? Listen up, because we’ve arrived at the fun part; styling:
The first piece of style advice is for the modern business man who kicks goals in the office and wants to do the same with his wardrobe. Freshly pressed chinos are a great item to build your office outfit around. Pair them with a crisp white shirt and blazer for an instantly polished look befitting of any CEO, or get creative with patterned shirts for casual Friday fun. Tucking your shirt into the chinos and finishing with a smooth leather belt is an easy way to dress up the look.
For gents who have a more laissez-faire attitude towards life (if you race your luxury yacht on the harbour for kicks or spend your down time polishing your Astin Martin, we’re talking to you), we suggest pairing your chinos with a lightweight linen or cotton blazer for a preppy look. You can play around with patterned shirts and brightly coloured socks for something different, mixing up the look with boat shoes and brogues depending on the season.
If you’re like 99.9% of the population and live for the weekend, your chinos will be a go-to for Saturday pub lunches and Sunday coffee catch-ups. They only need be paired with a white t-shirt for and clean, fresh and simple style. Adding casual and comfortable low-profile sneakers will also lend a laid-back vibe to the look. Feeling the chill? Layer up with a lightweight sweater or an anorak for a military-inspired edge.
With this simple-how to guide, you’ll be reaching for your trusty pair of chinos morning, noon and night.
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