The Name War
The belief that the word chino comes from the eponymous American-Spanish language word, which means toasted, may not be true. Researchers believe that the etymology can be traced to the true Spanish word chino which means Chinese, and is a reference to the fact that the cloth was originally produced in China.
It's time to exile your stifling denims to the back of your wardrobe. Give your khakis a day off after years of being your go-to for any occasion casual. And your formal pants definitely need to stay where they belong―on the weekday wardrobe rack. Say hello to the latest darling of the kingdom of pants―the chinos!
They are comfortable, they look more polished than denims, they can pass off as work wear when you don't have anything else handy, and they are perfect to make a style statement without looking like you tried too hard. They're also one of our favorite unisex clothing items. So, guy or girl, it doesn't really matter. With a pair of chinos worn right, you will be making a statement which is hard to miss―I know how to strut it in style.
First developed as a part of military uniform for the British and French military, chinos have now taken over the wardrobes of fashion-forward men and women. While we use the word to refer to the trousers, chinos actually is the name of the cloth. Initially made of 100% cotton, today, you find the fabric in synthetic blends as well. In recent times, the trousers have been introduced in a variety of colors, as opposed to being available only in earthy colors earlier. These qualities make it the perfect pant to wear when you want something that is somewhere between khakis and dress pants.
How Guys Can Rock a Pair of Chinos
What a guy wants to wear with these trousers depends completely on the event at hand, and the statement he wants to make. Choose between a classic style with stone, navy, and black, or a more modern look with blue, plum, or even berry. If you are comfortable with the idea, then go all out with a pair of red chinos. These outfit ideas should get your gray cells running to design your own look.
Monday's here, but you aren't ready to let go of the weekend? Team a pair of neutral-colored chinos in a shade like slate gray or dust brown with a button-down shirt. Top it with a vest. Wear a tie or a bow tie if your workplace demands it. Match your belt and your shoes, for a polished, I-still-care look.
For a semi-formal get-together where you need to bring your very best, opt for a look that is classy, smart, and yet casual. Wear a pair of dull chinos with an untucked shirt. Pull a printed sweater over this. Complete the outfit with a sports jacket. Spell out I never have to trywithout saying a word.
Friday casuals can often be quite a pain to decipher. But a pair of chinos teamed with a plaid shirt can make the entire conundrum vanish in a jiffy. Finish the look with a semi-formal, single-breasted jacket in a complementary color. We suggest wearing the outfit with a pair of workman boots to toughen up the look.
A lazy Sunday brunch beckons, and what would suit the mood better than a pair of baggy, well-worn chinos? Keep the look completely casual by donning a t-shirt in a similar shade. Dress up your feet with a pair of loafers or suede sneakers. We suggest that you keep the look completely monochromatic to up the cool quotient.
How Girls Can Stylize Chinos
The right pair of denims may be comfortably snug, but more often than not, they are ill-fitting, constricting, and not stylish. Change things around a bit with a pair of slouchy but fashionable chinos. While there is a rampant misconception that chinos need to be flat-fronts, the fact is pleated trousers are just as cool. Wide leg, skinny, or baggy, you can choose from any style. Hip-level pockets make it slightly cooler, as they add to the slouch factor. Pick from one or all of these looks for added inspiration.
Do you revel in being someone who cannot be typecast? Then this look is for you. Team a pair of neutral chinos with a ruffled, girly, pretty blouse. Now toughen up the look with a studded leather jacket. Add a pop of color with a pair of bright pumps and an envelope clutch. It is also a work-appropriate look.
Whoever said that you could wear these trousers only to a casual/semi-formal event? Rock a pair of printed chinos with a glitzy blouse that dazzles as you walk. Wear the outfit with heels if you want an added layer of sophistication, but a pair of ballerinas will work just as well. Remember to keep the makeup simple and minimal.
While neutrals are great and a must-have in every wardrobe, it is also important that you shake up the status quo a bit. Don a pair of bright chinos in a vivid green or perky pink. You could dull the look a bit with a basic black top and black thongs; perfect for shopping with the girls, comfortable but stylish.
Well, you could argue that these aren't sneakers, but wedge sneakers are perfectly acceptable. After all, Victoria Beckham wearing them endorses the footwear. Let your feet do the talking. Ensure that your sneakers are bright and colorful. Keep the rest of your outfit subdued with something like a white tank top teamed with a pair of chinos in a pale color.
There you have it; all the stimulation you need to create the most magnificently fashionable looks with a pair of chinos. Make them the mainstay of your wardrobe, and with their versatility, you will never be at a loss for an ensemble idea that will make you stand out in a crowd.