Spotlight on: men’s chinos - The Inside Pocket

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SPOTLIGHT ON: MEN’S CHINOS

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Since the birth of Christ—no, not that early, I’m kidding. Since the introduction of the military use for durable cotton twill as uniform, the chino has been a dependable supporting piece of kit for men’s wardrobes the world over. Renowned for its relaxed, straight-legged silhouette: the chino has a legacy of its own.

Historically worn in the heat of Vietnam, this staple has since enjoyed several innovations: a leg crease, a dry hand-feel, a thicker twill weave, slimmer legs and higher rises, all of which have seen the chino transition from formal-only to just as at ease in a casual get-up. Stretch in the fabric also means they tend to fit on-form for longer. Innovation? Absolutely.

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ARE CHINOS GOOD FOR WORK?

Of course! The improvements detailed above make today’s chino a great partner for a business casual shirt and coat. Working from home these days? Wearing yours with an unstructured formal jacket and undoing your shirt’s top button should hit the right spot. If you’re back out and about, our style experts in our stores will gladly show you your options on a 1-2-1 safe styling appointment.

WHAT ABOUT ON THE WEEKEND?

Got plans for a socially distanced spot of lunch, perhaps? There is probably no more appropriate an occasion for a pair of chinos. They’ll go with just about anything, but we suggest pairing yours with an overshirt and t-shirt in a relaxed nod to their utilitarian roots.

IT’S HOT: CAN I WEAR CHINOS IN SUMMER?

The chino was intended for summer and ease of wear. Cotton breathes like fresh air and the way chinos are constructed means they’re lighter than denim and have more give than a pair of formal trousers. They’ll look fresh with trainers or sockless loafers, or try brogues or anything with a round toecap if you want to stay on-form. Still too hot? Try chino shorts.

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