Essentials | The Chino Pant

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Jacket : Garbstore 

Chinos : Bonvivant

Sneakers : Converse

The chino without a doubt is a must have essential in your wardrobe and with good reason. They are extremely versatile, don’t need to be a fashion enthusiast to pull them off, and lastly they are lightweight / comfortable ( giving you a free range of movement ).

Chinos, over the past few years are now being refereed to as ‘cotton twill trousers’. Like most contemporary wardrobe essentials chinos were initially designed with a militant purpose. Most notably for British and French soldiers uniforms of the mid 19th century. By the turn of the 20th century chinos moved on up and made it’s way to the wardrobes of the everyday working civilian. Strong and rugged, yet lightweight and comfortable, chino cloth was ideal for crafting fighting pants, and it took many years of khaki incarceration before chinos began to be rendered in the colourful styles available today.

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In my humble opinion chinos always look better slightly tapered and either rolled at the hem or, for a more sartorial look, cut with a 1.5 to 2 inch turn-up. Fit and form are both necessities of function when it comes to chinos, meaning there is no one set of rules you should figuratively take into the changing room with you.

When dressing for more formal occasions, your chinos should be of a fine lightweight twill and fit pretty much as your suit trousers do, hanging perhaps a little lower on the hip, but maintaining the same rise and length in the leg and tapering toward the ankle.

If you would prefer to stay neutral and classic, navy and grey chinos are the very definition of versatility.

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