Bridging the gap between your jeans and some proper trousers, a pair of sturdy cotton chinos are an essential staple of a man's wardrobe.


In the 1840s, British soldiers in India dyed their white uniforms to match the terrain. But it was young US soldiers who introduced the pant to civilians—sporting their uniform chinos on college campuses after returning from WW II.

How to Wear It

Pair them with essentially any shirt in your closet. And try cuffing them. Make the cuff about an inch wide, fold them over twice, then finish them off by scrunching 'em down a bit.

What to Look for

Slimmer, straight cuts that have a slight taper to the legs—leaner and cleaner than the more traditional variety.

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