I’ve had my eye on J. Crew chinos for the last couple months. Alot of my style friends rave about how god they are and a few of you viewers has left comments on my past videos to check them out. Well the time has come and and I have my hands on not one but two pairs of J. Crew chinos: 1040 Athletic Fit and 770 Straight Fit. I typically bee line to the athletic fit cut of jeans and chinos of any brand, knowing that they will fit my thighs well and give me a nice taper down the leg. But, I have also had experience with straight cut fits when athletic fits weren’t available and those fit well too. So in my indecision to get one, I got both and I’ll be doing a comparison on which one is truly the best fitting chino.
Straight Fit Chino
All of there chino sit at the hip, that is to be expected. The straight fit feels a bit stiff, and that’s just by standing still in it. So you can imaging walking, sitting, walking up the stairs or any movement that would require you moving or bending your legs. Not uncomfortably stiff but I can definitely feel it around my quads. Made from 100% cotton, I can see why it’s so stiff, not ideal for the fit man or any man with natural big thighs. Probably an ectomorph would have better luck with these pant but definitely not a meso or endomorph with sizable thighs.
Athletic Fit Chinos
Compared to the straight fit, these fit perfectly. Brands really do take into account the dimensions of a athletic man when manufacturing these types of pants. Fits well around the thighs and sits well on the seat. Those are two areas that I commonly find the most problems. These chinos were made from 98% cotton and 2% elastine giving it a much needed stretch. Time will tell how this will fit after going through the laundry.
Miscellaneous Things I Noticed
Didn’t see anywhere that it isn’t water resistant so I take it that it isn’t
Fits true to size
Mid weight cotton
Straight down the leg
Waistband doesn’t stretch on either
15 3/4 leg opening
I liked both with the athletic fit being the clear and obvious favorite. Only issue I had with both was the length. My inseam is about 29 and with these being a 30, I’ll either have to cuff them or have a tailor shorten it so it won’t look baggy on my shoes. My final verdict on these chinos however is that I’ll be keeping the athletic fit and returning the straight fit. I’m just not too confident that it would loosen up, it was just a tad bit stiff. Probably exchange it for a classic fit. That 2% elastine makes a big difference for the fit man with sizable thighs.