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post #16 of 24

+1 on the Gap chinos. I have several pairs and they are not skinny fit at all.

 

Have you also considered cords? It's getting to the wrong time of year for them, but you cen even get them in a 'jeans' cut in a lot of places.

post #17 of 24
Thread Starter 

i will go for the chinos in regular fit, as after seing the banana republic relaxed fit chinos, ill pass on them.

they're way to big and baggy to look barely stylish

 

 

3 questions:

 

1) What colour chinos are advised? besides the common tan colour , like these http://shop.uniqlo.com/uk/goods/071201#colorSelect

and http://www.gap.eu/browse/product.do?cid=65814&vid=1&pid=757378&scid=757378057&ap=2&tid=guaf4003003&sem=true

 

2) What tops suit chinos best?  is it just plain sweaters , shirts, and/or both together?

 it will mainly be for evening, weekend day time wear

 

3) Besides the previously recommended shoes of penny loafer, deck shoes, converse, what other shoe styles, suit chinos? any particular colour shoes?

 

 

thanks for all the detailed replies, this site is great!


Edited by adamt - 5/14/12 at 3:44pm
post #18 of 24
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Originally Posted by adamt View Post

i will go for the chinos in regular fit, as after seing the banana republic relaxed fit chinos, ill pass on them.
they're way to big and baggy to look barely stylish


3 questions:

1) What colour chinos are advised? besides the common tan colour , like these http://shop.uniqlo.com/uk/goods/071201#colorSelect
and http://www.gap.eu/browse/product.do?cid=65814&vid=1&pid=757378&scid=757378057&ap=2&tid=guaf4003003&sem=true

Well, this depends. Various shades of beige/khaki/stone are the most common. Unlike jeans, though, they come in a lot of different colors, including pink. Theoretically, the colored ones are more casual. Practically, though, wearing them takes a bit more effort and thought. The khaki ones can pretty much pass anywhere with anything (with one exception, see below) but with the colored ones, you need to think where you are wearing them and what you will wear them with.
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2) What tops suit chinos best?  is it just plain sweaters , shirts, and/or both together?
 it will mainly be for evening, weekend day time wear

Once again, there is a lot of latitude. khakis are a bit "smarter" than jeans or combat/cargo pants so I don't think t-shirts work very well with them. An OCBD will work great but any collared shirt will do. Sweaters are fine too. Note that while a polo shirt will work, it is not recommended as people will think you work in an electronics store.
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3) Besides the previously recommended shoes of penny loafer, deck shoes, converse, what other shoe styles, suit chinos? any particular colour shoes?

In terms of color, if you are wearing beige/khaki/stone chinos, NOT black. It looks too military/security guard. Dark brown is great. In terms of style, chukka boots or desert boots work well for casual weekend wear.. But it all depends. Chinos are pretty versatile. You can wear them very casually or with a jacket and tie. So the shoes follow the overall look.
post #19 of 24
jack donnelly (jackdonnellykhakis.com). nicer than uniqlo, topman, gap, etc. unis is good if you like skinny low-rise pants, but i'd only get those when they're on sale.
post #20 of 24
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Originally Posted by adamt View Post

i wear jeans in the evenings/weekends when i am out of the flat, but when im in side i wear joggers or sweatpants, and sometimes wear them outside.

as they are most comfortable,

 

i also have 2 pairs of 'combats' like these http://tinyurl.com/blupaba ,

 

I usually shop at Zara, Massimo Dutti, etc, as i prefer the designs as opposed to the younger 16-21 year olds shops in Topman, River Island, Jack Wills and the like

 

at the same time, im not rich so cant spend too much

 

 

as im 25 now, i would prefer not to wear joggers/sweatpants,

but i am a bit lost where to look and what to look for?

 

i want essentially, a casual trousers/bottoms like the combats but without all the pockets.  i dont want smart trousers that you would wear formally

 

tell me, what do guys of 25 from the uk wear besides jeans when out or even indoors?  not bright or loud colours just mild ones, like cremes/khakis/black, etc

 

as round here jeans are all i seem to notice

 

As i am from England would prefer comments from people who live here.

 

I have 2 weeks off work now so want to buy it all now

 

thanksl

In lieu of jeans I'd reccomend something like this

 

http://us.levi.com/product/index.jsp?productId=11622258&&cp=3146842.3146854.3691981.12007555

 

they also come in the 514

post #21 of 24
Gap have both a very casual, slightly beaten up chino and a smarter one. If you go for the former, you can just wear them like jeans - t'shirt, casual or polo shirt, etc. Avoid shirts you could wear a tie with and shoes that'd go with a suit (the yanks all wear button downs and loafers with their suits but, being British, we couldn't possibly countenance such a thing:D). On yer plates, again, whatever goes with jeans: desert boots, trainers (though I'd stick to the more plimsol-style ones like Converse or Vans, personally. Not keen on that 'US professor out sightseeing' look of baggy-arsed chinos and Nikes). Vice versa for the smarter ones.
On colours, whatever goes with whatever else you've got. The sort of tan/biscuity colours are more usual but I've had a grey pair that I've worn the backside out of from overuse. Tend to avoid black personally and, ridiculously, I've found navy ones hard to pair with anything. Can't work out why but they just never seem to look right. Yet swap them for dark navy jeans and it's all fine. Perhaps one of the properly knowledgeable can tell me why.
post #22 of 24
You are probably doing what most of your age do in the UK.

Nothing wrong with jogging bottoms at home (please do not go out in them) then jeans or chinos for going out. 'Five pocket trouser's are a good choice to compromise. You could get these currently fashionable skinny chinos , most have four pockets which is convenient although I suspect the fashion will die away, there again they are not expensive.
post #23 of 24
Wow, nobody has recommended forum affiliate Epaulet Rivet Chinos yet?
Have a closer look at the various colors, you will also get an idea what to wear with them from looking at the detailed sites of all the different styles.
http://www.epauletshop.com/servlet/the-Mens-Clothing-cln-Rivet-Chinos/Categories

Regarding which colors you should/we recommend you to go for - I'd say stick to the picture JohnnyLaw posted
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Add the Clay option from Epaulet, all shades of khaki you like and maybe, if you like it as much as I do, the color IST66 is wearing in this picture of his tumblr
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post #24 of 24
Thread Starter 

thanks for all the replies,. its much appreciated!

 

thanks for answering the questions Bounder, good stuff

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