Black chinos... worth keeping a pair in the wardrobe?

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  1. PeterEliot

    PeterEliot Well-Known Member

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    BB has apparently added black to their catalogue of Advantage chinos. I've never worn black chinos before and am wondering if they are versatile enough.

    Would you advise for or against purchasing a pair? What would a man wear them with? (I'm 30 BTW.)
     


  2. Caveat

    Caveat Senior member

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    I recently ordered a pair of the RRL chinos because it sounded like a good idea. Once I received them and put them on I realized I would never wear them. They just don't really work with much and you look like a waiter.
     


  3. Thurston

    Thurston Senior member

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    Black chinos are virtually unwearable. Don't waste your money.
     


  4. MyOtherLife

    MyOtherLife Senior member

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    Two colors in chinos I've never worn; black & grey. Both seemed institutional to me.
    Perhpas some makes have solved this problem? I'll have to look into it.
     


  5. acidboy

    acidboy Senior member

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    unless you're in the food serving industry better not bother.
     


  6. markbao

    markbao Well-Known Member

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    Hrm, other than khaki and brown, what are other good colors for chinos?
     


  7. Thurston

    Thurston Senior member

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    There are a number of shades of khaki, from almost white to a dark British tan that all work. Other than that, I only like red. Lots of people wear olive green too.
     


  8. Bird's One View

    Bird's One View Senior member

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    I've owned both black and gray chinos before and and didn't find them very wearable. Furthermore black cotton usually fades badly after only a few washes.
     


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    mth Well-Known Member

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    If you feel the need to wear black pants, I'd recommend buying them in something other than cotton chinos.
     


  10. TintinATL

    TintinATL Senior member

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    If you feel the need to wear black pants, I'd recommend buying them in something other than cotton chinos.

    I agree. Black cotton does not wear well. It fades at the seams quickly looks tired. Black wool is a much better bet. And I agree with other posters that black pants are generally hard to pair with other garments.
     


  11. benchan

    benchan Senior member

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    Black chinos are alright, just not BB Advantage one. I do wear a slim faded one sometimes with suede desert boot and its looks decent pariing with brighter colour T/shirt/sweater etc or with a grey peacoat on top. If you were to only get one, then I guess stick with khaki or oliver colour.
     


  12. lefty

    lefty Senior member

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    The whole point of a black cotton chino is that it fades quickly and looks better the older it gets. Buy a pair at uniglo for $30 and beat the living shit out of them. Wash them 20 times, let the edges fray, throw them against a your driveway and drive over them. Then wear them with desert boots and a t-shirt.

    lefty
     


  13. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    I bought a pair of black chinos but they ended up going to Goodwill unworn.
     


  14. tobinbridge

    tobinbridge Senior member

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    Dickies are great clothing to I change the oil in my car.
     


  15. gnatty8

    gnatty8 Senior member

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    The J Crew Officer's Chino in black is about the only pair of black chinos I'd wear..
     


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