For many years, chinos were the domain of middle aged and older men, particularly when you consider that the vast majority of them came in those really old looking sand and darker tan colours. In the last two years in particular, chinos have emerged as a leading fashion staple in the wardrobes of younger men, too. This has partially been led by a liberation of men’s fashion ideas, and the incorporation of brave, bold colours into a lot of style and outfits.
The biggest reason for wearing chinos is simply that they are a refreshing alternative to denim. Men for years had no choice but to either wear jeans or formal trousers, such was the horror they would experience from wearing chinos.
Naturally, as chinos have became more accepted during the past two years, so designers have tried to come up with new ideas and trends around the idea. Whatever happened to “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it?”
One of the more recent trends has been a move to baggier designs of chinos. Is this even necessary or should the baggy stuff be left to denims?
Yes For Baggy Chinos
Baggy chinos can be useful if you want to wear a bit of colour but not be too restricted in your style. The only real trouble with wearing baggy chinos is that they can appear lumpy and, unlike denim which generally flatters your figure no matter what, will do you no favours if they are too big. If you favour baggy styles then you can generally get away with denim, however chinos are a different matter.
Baggy Denim, Slim for Elsewhere
Part of the move towards baggier chinos has been that skinny jeans are seeing their popularity begin to wear off. Boot fit and even flared jeans have begun to reappear in stores even this season, with those trends set to continue over the coming year.
It is somewhat strange that we have started to see baggy chinos in many ways, as there has not really been any slowdown in the popularity of the skinner options. As chinos are often made with stretch material, expect logic to enter the fashion world at some point in the near future, and fall to a settled point where denim is the option for baggier styles, with chinos for those looking for the sharper look.
If you want to go baggy, put the chinos back in the cupboard, and stick to the denim that has always served you so well.
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