Know Your Wardrobe Essentials: The Basics about Chinos

Know Your Wardrobe Essentials: The Basics about Chinos

John NguyenMay 22, '17

Chinos are versatile. They’re comfortable, can come in all varieties of colours and are perfect for going to hangout at the movies with your friends or for your modern business wear.

About the chino:

Let’s nerd out and dive into some technicalities. Chino actually refers to the fabric that the pants are made of. It is a type of fabric that has a common type of weave called the twill weave which has a pattern of diagonal weaves that allows the fabric to drape well.

The Twill Weave

Originally, chinos were created for British and French uniforms in the middle of the 19th century. Now they’re essential pieces for our modern day, more casual work environments.

Many people confuse the term khaki’s with chinos and I totally understand it. Khaki is a color and when most people buy chinos, they mostly wear khaki colored chinos.

Dress for the season:

Warm Season

Chinos nowadays can come in all sorts of colors. As a rule of thumb, light pastel colors work best in the warm weather.


Cold Season

For the fall and winter, It’s best to wear deeper and richer colors.



Dress for the Occasion:



Chinos are a great alternative to wearing dress pants. When choosing your chinos, make sure they fit well and choose pants that have clean lines running from the waist of the pants down to the bottom. They should look similar to dress pants and should have a good stretch to them. Wear these as just as you would wear your dress pants. For formal occasions, it’s best to stick to neutral colors such as blacks, grays, whites, and Navy's. 

One outfit you can try is to wear skinny/stretchable chinos with an oxford shirt. Slip on a pair of boat shoes, a tie, a blazer and you’re good to go.


For casual wear, you can go with chinos that have more of a relaxed fit. Wear it with a Henley T and some trainers.


Last Words

The chino is an essential item in your wardrobe because of its versatility. Play around with the different colors and different styles and you'll be able to incorporate it into your all sorts of occasions. Do you own a pair of chinos? If so, what do you wear them with? Let us know by leaving a comment below or by sharing this with your friends!



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