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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.
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.
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...
Doin' it right:
Would be good if the collar wasn't a fucking spread:
Would be okay, again, if the collar wasn't a point (see the theme here? maybe I should just say 'if the collar was a button down'):
Would be great if it weren't for the fucking cutaway collar and peak lapeled odd jacket:
A more extreme example, where the fit just doesn't know what it wants to be. More formal odd jacket (blazer, albeit with peak lapels for god knows what reason), ultra casual shirting pattern and color but in a spread collar (and likely broadcloth) format, tie that could be pulled off casually due to width IMO, but isn't due to color... and then there's the waist down.
I've got more pics, but I think the key here is to make sure all other pieces (sportcoat, shirt, tie, shoes) are in the more casual range, and the look can work perfectly. Textured coats with patch pockets, button down collars - sometimes in rougher fabrics, depending on season, either knits or (my preference) relatively matte woven ties (I use 2.5" grenadines) in subdued colors, and loafers, suede, brogues, etc.
It's basically the same way to rock a tie and coat with jeans, guidelines wise. Except it looks much more natural to me - jeans are just a step too far.
Yeah I definitely prefer a BD collar soft and with some roll. I agree about the socks. Most of these chinos are too tight for my preference. And I only wear loafers with chinos cause I think ANY other shoe makes my feet look too big / disproportionate, so I definitely agree about the monks.
Was just trying to revive the thread and cover some basic principles (IMO).
It's an underutilized look.
Nah, I dig.
I've worn it probably most of the time this summer. I find I like my chinos narrow, but I think there's a compromise width I like -- basically, for my feet, as slim as I like with oxfords (covering a little between half and a third of the shoe) ends up covering about 1/3 of the loafer, which is the balance I like to strike. But I'm already very slim, and I don't wear my jackets very fitted.
Of course, yesterday I wore very skinny chinos that were barely wider than my ankle, but I also wore a jacket with a cleaner-than-usual chest.
What 'effect'? I think that is quite a range of really quite different trousers here, when we talk about 'chinos' (or khakis, or indeed, cotton trousers). The PRL custom fit chinos - if you've seen them - are a world away from say, Dockers, which would look pretty dorky if you creased them. In fact, I wouldn't have called the PRL trousers, 'chinos' unless the manufacturer did themselves. I wouldn't press my Engineered Garments cinch chinos - but then those are very different in fabric, finish and cut, a whole different kind of trouser, you might say.
Edited by FlyingMonkey - 8/12/14 at 11:19am
By effect, I meant that the defining factor of a chino vs a cotton dress pant would be a lack of crease, IMO. Sure, that barely covers the difference, but it does define it well. The OP of this specifically points out this distinction as the kind of crux in discussing chinos with coat and tie. Effect being: a more laid-back, casual jacket and tie fit.
I guess you were just chiming in about cotton pants in general. Not trying to be a dick about it, though, so, yeah, um.... right on, I guess.
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