Classic chinos / Khakis


Chino or Khaki’s as the Americans call them, are cotton twill trousers made of 100% cotton, they also come in different weaves from heavy twill to soft cotton, they come in different styles & fits from straight leg to a tapered leg even skinny fit, one of the best things about chinos/Khakis is they come in every colour you can think of, today more people now wear chinos than before, one of the reasons why people wear chinos/khakis its their versatility, with jeans you can only wear them for casual wear, with chinos/khakis you can wear them for casual & smart dress , so investing into a pair won’t just save you money, it will also give more options when you put an outfit together.

WW2 GI in service dress chinos / khakis

WW2 GI in service dress chinos / khakis

Chino/Khakis them self’s are over hundred years old, originally invented for the military, Khaki means “soil-colour” in Hindu, the word chino means china in Spanish, after the second world was the GI bill came in giving ex-servicemen the chance to go to college, a lot of ex-servicemen kept their khaki service pants and wore them into civy street, soon the look caught on with every day college kids,

Levi`s Sta press trousers

Levi`s Sta press trousers

In the 60s men’s fashion changed very quickly, it moved from smart to a more casual dress, soon company’s like Levi’s to Farah in Texas started to make causal trousers for the Masses’, Levi’s invented the Sta press trouser while Farah invented a twill trouser, both were still a cotton trouser but the weave & the style was different, soon certain subcultures like mods etc adopted them as part of their look, they became the trousers to dress in when you went out.

Dad`s trying to look cool in chino / khaki`s not a good look

Dad`s trying to look cool in chino / khaki`s not a good look

Over the last couple of decades chinos/Khakis became more of a dads casual trousers, so young Fashionistas stayed away from that look, but thanks to new designs & better marketing chinos are back with a bang, one of those company’s bringing the chinos/Khaki’s back into vogue is Docker`s, Levi’s casual trouser brand, their latest design is a low sitting trouser with a tapered  fit leg, very stylish definitely not your dads chinos/khaki’s.

So if your interested in getting a pair think about the style your going for, with Chino/Khakis they come in many fits so you can be picky what you want, straight leg is simply a straight leg which gives you a relaxed look, “this is the dad look”, then you have a tapered fit, simply the legs are more narrow giving you a modern stylish look, then you have skinny fit not a good look if you’re a fat guy, colours are your next choice, my advice keep it simple go for a tan or dark colour, you can go for red or yellow but you might end up looking like a clown on his day off.

Dress up with your chino / khaki`s just add a blazer.

Dress up with your chino / khaki`s just add a blazer.

Picking the wright colour chino / khaki`s will give you a stylish look

Picking the right colour chino / khaki`s will give you a stylish look

mixing your chino / khaki`s with a gingham shirt & cardigan is a very chic look

mixing your chino / khaki`s with a gingham shirt & cardigan is a very chic look

Why not try a sweater in a lighter colour than your chinos giving your self a fresh stylish look

Why not try a sweater in a lighter colour with your chinos / khaki`s giving you a fresh stylish look

I hope I`ve got your minds thinking, remember fashion is what you make it be you no one else. there are hundreds of ways you can wear chino / khaki`s, but the style & the colour is down to you, what ever you choose your going to look amazing.

By

Bob Redfern

BE BOLD BE PROUD

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