Bridging the gap between your jeans and some proper trousers, a pair of sturdy cotton chinos are an essential part of a man's wardrobe. The key is finding the right pair. Because when the fit and finishing are on point, the look is both tough and relaxed. But you want to sweat the details. Look for a slim, straight cut with a slight taper to the legs—leaner and cleaner than the more traditional variety.

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