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Chinos, coat and tie.

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There's a fair amount of discussion of jeans + coat & tie, but what about the above? And I mean non-creased, tendentially wrinkly chinos, not the kind that are basically cotton twill dress trousers. Just one step up from jeans. Post good and bad examples of such combinations, and let's discuss, if you're so inclined. I'm struggling to find any photos that don't feature overly tight clothes and the extremely short coats that are in fashion at the moment.
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Ok, just to make a start:



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Boyer:

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SF has developed some weird ideas about chinos, but I like them, especially for summer wear. They're effortless in a way even linen can't match.

I do like 'em slim, though. Not skin-tight, but slim and just slightly short, '60s style.
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SF has developed some weird ideas about chinos, but I like them, especially for summer wear. They're effortless in a way even linen can't match.
I do like 'em slim, though. Not skin-tight, but slim and just slightly short, '60s style.

I agree. On SF (MC) there is a strong bias towards more formal clothes. I do chinos (and even jeans) and jacket and tie very often, usually with buttondown shirts and knit ties. In fact I rarely wear wool trousers with coat and tie: it strikes me as somewhat fuddy-duddy, so when that level of formality is in order I go with a suit.
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"And I mean non-creased, tendentially wrinkly chinos, not the kind that are basically cotton twill dress trousers."


I wear chinos with a jacket very often, especially in the summer.I try to iron them, like you say (haha): "basically cotton twill dress trousers" - but rumpled isn't bad. It's a good look.
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Originally Posted by radicaldog View Post

On SF (MC) there is a strong bias towards more formal clothes. I do chinos (and even jeans) and jacket and tie very often, usually with buttondown shirts and knit ties. In fact I rarely wear wool trousers with coat and tie: it strikes me as somewhat fuddy-duddy, so when that level of formality is in order I go with a suit.

 

Necrothreak, I know, but...

 

I agree that this is an underutilized look, or at least insofar as represented on SF. I also wear chinos with casual jackets and tie, always with an unfused soft collar BD casual shirt (i.e., OCBDs for solids/stripes, broadcloths for patterns), and penny loafers. I occasionally wear jeans as well, but only colored ones (mostly light grey). I substitute 2.5" solid grenadines for knits with this look because I just can't stand knits (I know, I know) no matter how much I've tried to embrace them. 

 

When I dress it up a bit, I swap the chinos and pennies for either flannels, cotton ('cotton dress trousers') or linen, and break out the wider width ties and sleeker, dressier loafers (usually Alden full-straps). I also trade the OCBD's in for broadcloth or poplin, but keep the soft BD collars (I like my collar roll...); when the level of formality requires/suggests higher (usually when I'm with clients), I break out the spread collars and french cuffs, even wider width ties, worsted suits and balmorals. 

 

I don't think 'wool trousers with coat and tie' is 'somewhat fuddy-duddy', but I do find it impractical (in the social sense) for my day-to-day (when I'm not with clients), which is academia and lab work. Chinos + casual jackets and the right shirts and ties, in the right fabrics and weights and textures, strike a good balance of tailored dress without being overdressed, IMO.

 

Or at least that's what I tell myself...

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