how about if money isn't as much of an issue? If quality is drastically better then I don't mind spending the extra money, but would it really be worth buying chinos from Incotex or Loro Piana over a pair of chinos from Dockers or Brooks Brothers? I know some respectable dressers who wear chinos from the Gap and look surprisingly good.
Edited by newyorknoir - 7/18/12 at 4:21am
how about if money isn't as much of an issue? If quality is drastically better then I don't mind spending the extra money, but would it really be worth buying chinos from Incotex or Loro Piana over a pair of chinos from Dockers or Brooks Brothers? I know some respectable dressers who say they wear chinos from the Gap.. and they look surprisingly good. Of course, I wouldn't be asking this question if it were a suit, but chinos just seem to be very basic in tailoring.. or am I wrong?
two things separate the $400-700 Chino from the stuff from the Gap, quality of fabric and quality of construction (and fit but that is more subjective). Good quality cotton is going to cost by the yard as much as good wool. If you were khaki's mostly in very casual settings, then Jcrew/Gap are perfectly fine. If you are looking for something very high quality that is akin to wool to wear with sportcoats etc, then you might consider the higher end stuff.
on the left is Yves Saint Laurent, on the right is Incotex.. they both seem like a sturdy pair of cotton-twill chinos—the former perhaps being a little more dressy/flashy. Would either pair be okay to wear with a sportcoat? I may pick up both.. The colors are just what I'm looking for.. from what I've seen at Saks Fifth Avenue I think Brioni also makes a nice chino..
I have.. Oddly Brooks Brothers uses a cheap wrinkle-resistant formaldehyde finish on most of their clothing that always breaks my skin out in a rash after a few hours of wear.. I think it's their trademark "non-iron" formula. Because of this I tend not to wear anything Brooks Brothers..
Edited by newyorknoir - 7/18/12 at 4:22am