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Quick question guys. Been slowly evolving my closet ever since I got into the corporate world. We mostly wear business casual. Usually that includes pants, trousers, and then a dress shirt of some sort.

Far as the bottoms go, are chinos appropriate for business casual? I'm looking at the Brooks Brothers website, and they have a "trousers" section and a "casual pants" section. The casual pants look like they could be business casual appropriate though.
post #24647 of 27512

Thanks!

I guess that some of what I like is dated then. Sad day!

 

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Originally Posted by J011yroger View Post


What he said.

You are getting better every week though.

That outfit begs for a burgundy tie.

The tie you are wearing is best with a solid jacket or under a solid sweater. As you get more ties I don't think it will be one you wear often, it is a bit 1995ish.

J

Progress, however incremental, is always good. I think the sweater idea is good. It might work well with a solid sweater+jacket or such. I have a few such ties and I like them. The point is I have to learn to use them where they are intended. DONT SAY IN THE TRASH!
:p

 

I will hunt for a burgundy tie though. I definitely need one in my wardrobe.

 

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Originally Posted by Fred G. Unn View Post


Sorry man, I think it's pretty terrible with that jacket. One of the keys to successfully matching ties/shirts/jackets is differences of scale/pattern/texture. A solid grenadine or boucle silk would be better, as would any kind of stripe larger than the plaid pattern in the jacket. Not sure if the tie is navy or not but from a distance it only looks like you're wearing 2 colors so you definitely need to introduce something else in there. Ok, it's a different pattern and scale, but virtually any tie that isn't repeating on a horizontal or vertical axis like that one will be better, since the jacket fabric is already repeating that way. Just my $0.02.

I really liked that explanation actually. I actually have a couple of ties like this, i.e. horizontal/vertical pattern. However, I see what you mean about pairing them with a suit that complements the pattern instead of a 'more of the same' look. I'll keep that in mind and think of pairing a more diagonal tie with something like this to mix things up.


Edited by ridethecliche - 11/19/13 at 11:43am
post #24648 of 27512
If you like them, wear them. They just need to be strategically deployed.

That tie would be ok with a solid or almost solid (subtle pattern) navy or gray suit.

J
post #24649 of 27512

Thanks. Appreciate it. I'll keep that in mind!

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Originally Posted by MMoon24 View Post

Quick question guys. Been slowly evolving my closet ever since I got into the corporate world. We mostly wear business casual. Usually that includes pants, trousers, and then a dress shirt of some sort.

Far as the bottoms go, are chinos appropriate for business casual? I'm looking at the Brooks Brothers website, and they have a "trousers" section and a "casual pants" section. The casual pants look like they could be business casual appropriate though.

 

Depends on the level of business casual. It can be appropriate depending on the context. What do your colleagues wear specifically? Do you want to belong to the better or worse dressed?

post #24651 of 27512

I think chino's are appropriate where khaki's are, no?

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Originally Posted by MMoon24 View Post

are chinos appropriate for business casual?
"Business casual" is one of those terms which takes in an awful lot of ground. It can mean anything from "your jeans should be reasonably clean" to "a pale blue shirt and/or a conservative sport coat may be substituted for the standard white shirt and grey or navy suit."

Is it common and accepted practice for the people in your business casual workplace to wear chinos? If so, then I'd say chinos are appropriate for your office's version of business casual.
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Originally Posted by 12345Michael54321 View Post


"Business casual" is one of those terms which takes in an awful lot of ground. It can mean anything from "your jeans should be reasonably clean" to "a pale blue shirt and/or a conservative sport coat may be substituted for the standard white shirt and grey or navy suit."

Is it common and accepted practice for the people in your business casual workplace to wear chinos? If so, then I'd say chinos are appropriate for your office's version of business casual.

i'd also say to just see what they are wear. if you are in a crunch, purchase trousers. it never hurts to have a solid pair anyways. i'm pretty sure no one will be like "whoa whoa man, trousers? really? you are WAY to overdressed. get out and only wear chinos when you come back" 

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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post

I think chino's are appropriate where khaki's are, no?
The two terms - chino and khaki - are basically used interchangeably as meaning the same thing, at least in much of the United States. (I throw in the "United States" bit, as for all I know it may be different in other countries.)

Technically, of course, one can also use "khaki" as a color description. For example, pants, belts, suits, etc., may all be khaki-colored. And it's equally true that not all chinos need be khaki-colored. (For that matter, not all khakis need be khaki-colored.)

But when one refers to pants as khakis, it's understood that the word is synonymous with chinos. And vice versa.
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Are blue or black chinos also khakis?
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No, that would make no sense.

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No it really wouldn't.
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I can't for the life of me understand why people choose to wear chinos. It isn't any harder to put on a pair of decent trousers than a pair of Dockers. They are for walking the dog, or going grocery shopping, or maybe for grabbing a pint after you have been working on the house all day. I wouldn't wear them anywhere that jeans wouldn't also be acceptable.

 

I don't care if business casual is khakis and a polo shirt in your office, put on a damn pair of pants and a real shirt so you don't look like a gym teacher. 

 

In the interest of full disclosure, I don't work in an office of any sort, so you should probably just ignore this post as you would the inane ramblings of a crazy man.

 

J

post #24659 of 27512
Hi guys,

I have some questions about (dress) shirts.
  1. What is the general (or your) preferred way to store (dress) shirts: hanging or folded?
  2. When/why should i wear a shirt with a button-down collar?

Just wondering...
post #24660 of 27512

1. hanging

2. casual and with oxford cloth

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