How to choose chinos for men

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How to choose chinos for men
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Men should wear chino trousers that complement their physiques. Chinos are perfect for the casual workplace. Additionally, they are ideal for Saturday night on the town or an afternoon gathering. Chino trousers are suitable for men of any age. However, it is important to choose them carefully, so they are comfortable and coordinate with your wardrobe. Although chinos are typically unlined, they can also be purchased with lining for colder weather.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Shoes
  • Belt

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    Selecting Men's Chinos

  1. 1

    Use a tape measure to determine your waist size and height. Keep in mind that chinos come in different fits and some may fit tighter or baggier. Additionally, some styles have pleats.

  2. 2

    Browse your wardrobe to determine what colour chinos you want. Common colours include tan, navy and black.

  3. 3

    Bring a belt and the shoes you intend to wear when you shop for the chinos. The trousers should rest at your shoes, but not drag on the ground. If the store offers tailoring, you will be ready to have them hemmed if needed.

  4. 4

    Visit a store so you can try on chinos. Select the appropriate size. When you put them on, view the trousers from the front and back to make sure that you like the way they fit. Make sure that the waist fits properly and that the trousers do not look too tight across the rear. Touch your toes to make sure the chinos are comfortable in the waist.

  5. 5

    Try on a few styles so you can compare them. Chinos are available with pleats and flat fronts. Generally, trimmer men look better in flat fronts while pleated chinos may provide a more slenderising fit to heavier men.

Tips and warnings

  • Consider purchasing several pairs in different colours when you decide which style fits you well.
  • It is easier to find even sizes. If you are in-between sizes, you may need alterations to ensure a proper fit.

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