If you’re looking to brighten your summer wardrobe, consider the colored offshoot of the classic chino—updated this season in an array of soft, mellow colors so you can now look on trend without having to scream on trend with color while adding a plethora of options to your wardrobe. Suddenly, there’s a color to go with every sport coat, sweater and shirt previously banished to the back of your closet.
As for the functionality and comfort of the chino, even Britain’s Prince Harry attested to the overall popularity and versatility of the garment as the quintessential alternative to denim and dress pants, when he paired a classic white button-down sleeve shirt with a Navy Mission Finish Alpha Khaki pant by Dockers on a recent trip to the U.S.
The fact is today’s chinos are sharper looking, better fitting and simply more versatile in color than their utilitarian predecessors, sitting lower on the waist, snugger in the seat and trimmer through the thigh right down to the ankle. Traditionally made with a cotton twill weave for durability as the staple of British and French military uniforms, the best looking chinos today look anything but preppy in exceptionally soft, refined cotton. Check out the following selection from classic to upcoming brands that work from the red carpet to the rock concert.
Dockers Alpha Khaki in Deck Blue 10-Year Finish, $98; available at www.nordstrom.com
Bellerose Perth Chino, $148; available at www.ahmee-nyc.com
JACHS Tokyo Slim 5 Pocket Chino, $80; available at www.jachsny.com
Levi’s 501® Original Fit Pant in Ivy Green, $78; available at www.levi.com
Mac Lenny Pant in Stretch Satin, $195; available at www.trunkclub.com
L.B.M. Fly Slim Fit Pant, $299; available at www.trunkclub.com
J.Crew Broken-in Chino in Urban Slim Fit, $75; available at www.jcrew.com
Perry Ellis Solid Chino Slim Fit Pant, $59.50; available at www.perryellis.com