Chinos have quickly become a popular staple item in modern menswear. This pant style is both versatile and comfortable — making it the perfect wardrobe essential for any time of the year. Although they are a step above jeans, chinos can be fashioned to complement a casual or formal setting. It’s important to make sure your chinos are well-tailored and complement your body shape so be cognizant of this when on the hunt for your perfect pair. Below we’ve put together a guide on how to properly rock your chinos for any occasion.
For casual, everyday looks that will suit anyone, opt to switch out your usual jeans with chinos. Combine the pants with simple and classic pieces like a basic tee, and comfy jackets or coats. For the warmer months, go for a short sleeve tee, henley or polo shirt and swap out a jacket for a statement accessory like a messenger bag. To achieve the casual vibe, incorporate a pair of trainers, canvas shoes or even oxfords. To make your chinos look more relaxed, cuff the bottom to give it an effortless “undone” look.
The preppy look offers a combination that is really flexible and could quite honestly pass as casual or business casual when paired with the right pieces. This look requires quite a bit of layering and well-tailored items. However, it allows you to get creative as well, by giving you the freedom to color-block with your outfit. A crewneck sweater layered over a button-up shirt helps to dress up your look without overdoing it. When it’s too hot out for layering, lose the sweater and throw on a linen button down or a fitted short sleeve button-up. Pair the ensemble with brown tassel loafers or boat shoes to tie it all together. Finally, a leather-banded watch and a dark leather belt will add a nice subtle touch of sophistication to your look.
For a formal look, your chinos should be tapered, slim cut, and just the right length. Be cautious of your color-blocking technique when going for a formal look. If you choose to go for a different colored blazer or shirt, make sure they are neutral tones and still fall within the same color-scale as your chinos. Otherwise, you can stick with a classic monochromatic look that’ll give you the look of a classic black, grey, or navy blue suit but with the comfortability of chinos. Add a solid colored tie to the mix and black or brown oxfords, brogues, or loafers for a sleek finish.
Street style is all the buzz right now. Chinos prove their versatility as they have recently become a common part of street style. Add a bit of edge to your look with your favorite sneakers, an oversized hoodie, and a slouchy jacket fit for the weather. To beat the heat in the spring and summer, break out your collection of vintage graphic tees and slightly tuck in the front of it. A windbreaker is a good choice for warm, rainy days — otherwise, simply pair the tee and chinos with a cool pair of sneakers and a dad cap. The different proportions of each piece will make for the perfect relaxed look while helping you find the balance between edgy and formal.
We hope our guide was helpful and allowed you to visualize the many formalities of fashion that the men’s chino encompasses. Regardless of what personal style you have, the chino is a must-have closet staple. Be sure to download the Style Squad App below for instant fashion advice on your chino looks!
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