Men's Pants

What exactly is a Chinos?



In the world of men’s fashion, there are a lot of terms flying around here and there. However, there is no other term more popular than the term chinos. In fact, if you ask your father or great grandfather who lived through the 1950s and 60s, they will probably be familiar with this term.

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These pants were so popular that they were also featured in American War History, dated even before World War 1. However, if you have never owned a pair of chinos, you might be a little confused about the term chinos. There is a lot of definition regarding chinos out there, however, we will try our best to explain to you in the simplest way possible.

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If you googled the word chinos, the top result will say something like this. “Chinos are a type of pants made from lightweight cotton twill.” Yeap, you didn’t read wrongly. And I am willing to bet that you had to go through the definition more than one time. Do not worry, we will break it down one by one to make it easier for you to understand.

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Simply put, chinos are khakis cousin, except that they are made from lightweight cotton.  Almost every feature of khakis can be found similar to the chinos, with some small differences in details. However, just for the surface appearance alone, khaki and chinos do look alike. That is until you trained yourself to look carefully into the detail.




So now, therefore, we know that chinos are just a lightweight version of khaki pants. As much similar as they are to one another, there are slight subtle differences. However, a lot of fashion manufacturers and designers tend to mix both khaki and chinos together. The result is that some stores out there will sell you a khaki chino, which is really confusing.

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With our next post, we will dwell deeper into the small, fine details to tell the difference between khaki and chinos. This information, I believe, will definitely impress the guy friends, especially regarding men’s fashion.


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