style guide

The Essential Chino Pants


Brands worldwide have jumped into this modern twist on an all time classic garment. Chinos can be found in yellow, orange, red, green, brown, tan, navy, grey, white, pink, purple and every shade in between.

New to chino pants? Let’s start with fit. As mentioned above, chinos are generally a slim and streamlined pants choice resulting in a pretty clean cut and crisp look. Avoid excess fabric or bagginess around the hips, thighs and butt. If buying online, ensure you measure yourself properly to get the best chance of a good fit. In store, try them on and move around in them, sit, stand, walk up stairs and crouch to see how comfy they are. The basic colours to start with are arguably tan, navy and a basic colour – green, blue or red.

Chinos have great versatility with outfits especially shoes. You can wear them with boat shoes for a classic look. Brown Oxfords to dress them up, Double Monks for a smart casual look and Chelsea or desert boots for a rugged casual look.

The four best looks to try with Chino pants

1. Casual – Coloured chinos, white t-shirt, brown boat shoes and a pair of sunglasses.

2. JFK Sailing – Elect for a neutral tan or beige pair, throw on a plain t-shirt and roll the sleeves up on your navy marled crew knit sweeter. Add FJK’s tortoiseshell glasses for good measure and you are away. Want JFK’s Style? Read about him here.

3. Smart Casual – throw on some coloured chinos, monk strap shoes and a button up shirt.

4. The Smarter Side of Smart Casual – Just add a jacket to the above ensemble. Tweed, Herringbone, Windowpane – linen, cotton or wool – single breasted or double-breasted. You decide.

So there we have it, a comprehensive guide to one of the most versatile and classic items of clothing a man can own. As always, dress comfortably and you will appear comfortable and confident.

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