Originally Posted by mizanation
at work, i can't wear my jeans, so i have to make do with chinos.
uniqlo actually makes an awesome chino. the fabric they use is nice and heavy. it's cut like a pair of jeans and it ages very well over time. at $19 you can't go wrong. they come slightly worn-in so they are very comfortable. comes in black, white, khaki and brown.
i'm wondering if a good pair of chinos can distress like a pair of jeans, with whiskering and honeycombs. maybe with some starch?
Chino's won't distress like jeans due to the fact, most of them will have been piece dyed with reactive dyestuffs - I won't get into it in the space of a post, but it just won't rub off like indigo.
Garment dyeing lends to vintage effects more than piece dyeing.
Pigment dye or direct dyeing will give you vintage washing effects, when combined with brushing, sanding, stonewash, enzymes etc, including whiskers and honeycombs. But the effects will be a lot less evident than with indigo.