Sunday, 17 March 2013

How to wear bright chinos: Part 1

Bright chinos are not your average man's wardrobe staple. In fact, when it comes to summer trousers, most men play it safe. Very safe.

"Navy blue" is the response I'm most likely to get from one particular friend when I ask him what he is looking for on one of his regular shops for comfortable cotton chinos. He would never buy brights. It just doesn't make sense to him. When last summer I strolled up for evening drinks wearing orange trousers, the look on his face was priceless.

I must admit, you need to be rather blasé about other's opinions to pull off the look confidently. However, men are incredibly boring when it comes to letting go in the (hopefully) brighter spring and summer months. As the flowers burst open confidently and the sun beams down happily, we should be engaging some of that 'Come on why not?' spirit. We should be showing the world that we want to kick the winter cobwebs away with some sockless loafers some sporty élan and a pair of pink chinos.

And these are pink. None of that 'white trousers got mixed up in the wash with a red jumper' pink. Saturated pink. Confident pink.

There is no need to be afraid of a tone this strong. It's actually one of the best ways to inject youthful vim into otherwise lifeless ensembles. Staidness is blown away by such colours; fustiness runs and hides.

One of the best ways to do this is keep it casual with a sporty cricket jumper, a classic striped shirt, polka dot bow tie. With more subtle chinos - khaki or navy - this would be a smart but, let's face it, pleasantly bland get-up.

Finding chinos like this can be tricky. These come from Gant - purveyors of classic American prep - who offer a veritable rainbow of options for spring and summer.

Shoes - Herring

Chinos - Gant

Cricket jumper - Uniqlo

Bow tie - Vintage

Shirt - TM Lewin


George said...

I was just wondering if you have had these Gant chinos altered? I have tried on a pair in store and even though they are descried as slim are still quite wide, so I think I would have to get them altered. Is that the case here with you also, as they look quite slim?
Also, the Zara cords that feature in several posts below - are they altered as they seem a perfect fit?

ANON said...

Not sure Pink is the best example - for me there is an implicit level of formality in wearing pink trousers that almost demands they are worn with a blazer. I would suggest that red or even bolder colours (green?) can be carried off without a coat - great examples can be found here:

Roger v.d. Velde said...

In my experience (in a European provincial city anyway) many more men are open to the idea of pink trousers, but tend to choose lighter pinks. I saw many pinks and yellows last summer and orange too.

They're all nice, but unfortunately, after a summer night out, you too often come to launder them and find stubborn stains that won't come out. This is what cause men to choose darker colours, not just fear of pink.

Mike said...

Nice sweater. What size do you wear and how tall are you?


WinstonC said...


These are the slim fit chinos. The style is called 'Soho.' I haven't had any adjustments to these. Nor have I adjusted the Zara cords. I agree, the fit is pretty good on them, but I think I must be very fortunate in that respect.


An interesting perspective; 'an implicit level of formality in wearing pink trousers.' Watch out for Parts 2 and 3 later this week.


To be honest, I thought these were going to be fractionally lighter than they are but I don't mind punchy colours. I agree that stubborn stains can cause annoyance, but this is surely the same with khaki?


I am 5'10." The sweater is an XS and is current season.



Alan said...
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Mike said...

Thank you, Winston.

Too bad, they don't deliver to Germany...


Sajid said...

I'm seeing more men embracing the brighter colours not just in the chinos but also bright trousers.

We have an article on the site - - which was very popular and really hit home the point that alot more men are becoming comfortable with more daring colours and moving away from the traditional and boring.