Apr
25
2014
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Todd Snyder, $225

A smart-fitting pair made with a dye that will get lighter with each wash and old school details like a tab waist.

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Non-Khaki Chinos

While there's no shortage of chinos this time of year, the classic twill pants recently got a shot of bold style. Because while the timeless tan of chinos past will always have a place in a man's sartorial arsenal, brands both big and small are introducing options in a spectrum of brighter shades. We're not advocating pulling on a pair of pink trousers if that's not your thing. But these bolder shades feel right in warmer weather and make for a nice contrast against both dark and light shirts. Look for a pair cut from lightweight cotton that's been washed for softness, with a relaxed yet slim fit and a slight taper to the leg—then use them as your easygoing denim alternative on warm days.

 
 

J.Crew, $80

A lightweight pair cut in J.Crew's signature 484 fit and crafted from oxford cloth shirting material in a sun-faded blue.

Club Monaco, $70

This breezy cotton pair is one of the brand's trimmest fits and comes in a whopping 16 colors, but we're partial to the olive green.

 
 
 

Apolis, $111

Ruggedly constructed in America from a light cotton twill, these have a slim fit leg and classic four-pocket styling.

Gant, $235

Available in four sandy-hued shades and cut from a soft washed cotton with 2% stretch added for comfort.

 

Khaki = A tannish brown color.

Chino = A lightweight twill pant.

Anatomy of a Classic

The chino's story starts, like so many pieces of men's fashion lore, with the military.

 
 

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