Chinos - How to Prevent Wrinkling/Creasing at Knees?

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  1. mistmaker

    mistmaker Active Member

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    So I recently decided to buy a few pairs of chinos, and I went with one from Gap and a couple from J. Crew. The problem I have with both is they tend to look really worn out and wrinkled at the knees even though they are relatively new. Since I see people wearing chinos that look just fine, is it the material? Should I look for a specific material when it comes to chinos or just try a different brand?

    I've attached a picture for reference.
     
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    mensimageconsultant Senior member

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    It could be the material. Or maybe the knees naturally hyperextend? Slightly more tapered chinos might lessen the problem regardless.
     


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    mistmaker Active Member

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    Hmm..I got these tapered to have minimal break, so I don't know if I could go shorter. In general I'm not too impressed with the quality of the jcrew chinos. Do you have any suggestions regarding other brands/materials I should consider?
     


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    I think you could press the chinos by setting a permenent crease/pleats to eliminate the problem. Having a cuff may also help to drape the chinos nicely...
     


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    Quadcammer Senior member

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    Brooks Brothers Milano advantage chinos.

    you'll thank me later.
     


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    +1
     


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    Chinos are made of cotton and will always crease to some extent. If you like the look but dislike the creasing I would recommend
    going for a lightweight wool in a chino colour - Will hold it's shape far better. If you're stuck on chinos however, Im sorry to say that you're stuck
    with the creases.
     


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    Off My Rack Senior member

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    When he said "slightly more tapered" he was stating that you need to get the legs slimmed down. Tapering pants has nothing to do with the length of the pants.
     


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    +1. Great value especially when BB is having one of their semi-annual sales. Far beter quality than Gap / JCrew.
     


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    Are their measurements true to size?
    Thanks
     


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    From the picture, it seems like it's partly due to the length, Post side and back pictures and we can point you correctly.
     
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    Also consider Bill's Khakis. American-made. Great quality.
     


  13. bboysdontcryy

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    I don't think any quality of chinos is going to eliminate the creasing, if it's down to his anatomy, for instance, having prominent calves etc. It's the fit of the chinos that needs to be addressed, in order to eliminate the creases at the knees. The chinos need to be wide enough so they hang well, and uninterrupted, without catching onto your calves etc.

    The issue over quality, though important, is separate.

    Am lazy to upload a picture, but see a well-fitting pair of trousers that hang well here -- http://anuntitledaddress.tumblr.com/image/42535520589

    That said, with other brands, you might get a better fit.

    Still, with off the rack stuff, you're going to have to make-do.
     
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    Yes, this is correct. Speaking as someone with a relatively large calf to thigh ratio, the only solution to this particular problem is to buy chinos that are wide enough at and below the knee to allow for a clean line from hip to ankle. If the legs are too narrow at any point, they will be forced to bend to follow the shape of your leg, and creases will result. Quality has nothing to do with it. BB Milano Advantage chinos are very nice, and good value, but they crease at my knees just as readily as Banana Republic chinos.

    Polo Prestons work well for me on this front.
     


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    You're right, not sure how I confused tapering with hemming. Although in response to the original suggestion, I did get the pants tapered and hemmed to my liking.
     


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