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 colonial soldiers marching through India dyed their white uniforms to match the terrain. But it was young American soldiers who introduced the pant to civilians—sporting their uniform chinos on college campuses after returning from World War II.

How to Wear It

Try cuffing them (seen at left). 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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