Well, doesn't feel like it if you live in New England but according to the calender, it's here!
A change in weather calls for a change in wardrobe. Not too much change because you can still feel a little chill in the spring but the heavy garments like peacoat are getting packed up.
There is, however, one piece of clothing that can transition quite frankly through any weather change and that is the Chino.
What is a Chino?
You've got your slacks, you've got your jeans but right there in the sweet spot are chinos.
Like a some articles of clothing in men's wear, chinos have their origin in the military. These are cotton made trousers that are meant to be fitted to your body type. I hardy see baggy chinos and if I do, I'll stare like it's an anomaly.
The rise is usually low, the legs are usually tapered and the cotton used to make it is usually light weight. They are hands down one of the most versatile pieces in my wardrobe, I can dress them up or down.
Is there a difference between Chinos and Khakis?
Generally speaking, yes. Both are made from cotton but the khakis are a tad bit heavier and less dressier than chinos.
They also have a looser fit while chinos are more form fitting.
How should the fit man wear chinos?
Take it from me, stay away from slim fit. Chinos are already made to be fitted so a slim fit chino would look like skinny jeans on you and you don't want that.
Ok I take that back, if you are an ectomorph like my coworker then slim fit chinos work for you. He gets his from Banana Republic.
But If you are a mesomorph or endomorph (You can watch a video I made about the different body types here) then just a regular fit chino will do. The quads of a mesomorph and an endomorph may still make the chinos feel snug, so I'll recommend stretch chino.
I've got a pair from The Gap that fits perfectly (I have quads problems too), you can damn near squat in them but I won't suggest you do so.
I'm 5'9, and my legs are longer than my torso so a mid rise rise chinos works well for me. I think I'm at an average height so let's use me as a measuring stick: if you're taller than me--->high rise, shorter than me----> low rise.
I love how a fellow blogger describes the different types of rises here (yea I read other blogs too and learn a thing or two). The Classic chino comes with a tapered leg so the slim fit joints are super tapered, I know because I bought some slim fit chinos one and let's just say they look like I had them painted on from my hips to my legs, that's how tight they were.
Why are chinos great for fit men?
Those stretch chinos are a God Sent for us athletic men.
I can still fit in the classic ones but you really feel the difference with the stretch ones. I wouldn't wear it to job interviews, or formal events, I'm sorry in those instances you'll have to invest in some slacks or a full on suit bro. But how often to do you go to formal events? Alot of us fit guys don't like to dress up anyway (like suits and tuxedos) but still want what we wear to be presentable, will chinos is the answer.
It is work place appropriate especially nowadays a lot of companies have a laid back vibe to them. As mentioned before it can be dressed up for work with some wingtips and shirt and tie or dressed down for play with some canvas shoes and a polo shirt.
As with many articles of clothing, when it comes to us fit guys brand loyalty is a money saver. I'm hesitate to spend money on anything outside of Joseph Abboud and The Gap chinos. Try before you buy.
If I had a choice for everyday wear between slacks, chinos, jeans and even khakis, I'm going with chinos.
Not only are they comfortable, they are versatile in most every day situations. Finding pants that fit us athletic men can be a daunting task so when you find something, hold on to it.
...on to the different ways you can wear chinos this spring. This isn't the "right" way to do it, just me having a little bit of fun.