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What is the difference between Denim and Chino?

Daniel Hakimi

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I think this falls into the Justice Stewart's "I know it when I see it" definition.
This is actually what I was thinking, but I'm trying to write a guide helping people understand the difference, and it's hard to put into words.

Crazy guess, but are you a patent attorney by any chance? :)
... not no

But if you use “chino cloth” and make something else out of it (fatigues, let’s say) then you can’t say that would be chinos. It’s more than the cloth alone.
Meh. I've heard of a "chino suit." I think it' a clear and useful way to talk. It helps me get an idea of what the item is -- it's not denimmy twill, it's not sateen, it's not corduroy, it's not... there's a dozen cotton twills -- herringone, serge, gabardine...
 

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I know. But if you're writing a guide you could just say "chinos are what normal people call khakis (regardless of color)"
Who calls a pair of trousers khakis? They are either chinos or cargos.
 

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Who calls a pair of trousers khakis? They are either chinos or cargos.
I know tons of people who call chino's khakis. Now, they are often referring to khaki chinos, but sometimes olive chinos or ecru chinos etc, etc.
 

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I know tons of people who call chino's khakis. Now, they are often referring to khaki chinos, but sometimes olive chinos or ecru chinos etc, etc.
Well you probably call trousers pants....
 

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Depends who I'm talking to. My tailor? Trousers. Random person? Probably pants.

Whats your point?
You're one of these people from North America, that doesn't realise there's a world out there...
 

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Orange is a fruit and the colour of the fruit. Orange trousers aren't Oranges...
 

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Orange is a fruit and the colour of the fruit. Orange trousers aren't Oranges...
Or Olive is a fruit. Olive is the colour of unripe Olives.
Olive chinos are not Olives...
 

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You're one of these people from North America, that doesn't realise there's a world out there...
I am from North America. If I remember correctly you're a Brit.

In my everyday life, when I write emails, should ask what colour I should wear to the theatre? Or would that just be out of touch w/ where I'm from?

Your "doesn't realize there's a world out there..." is just being a needless ass.

Who calls a pair of trousers khakis? They are either chinos or cargos.
Doesn't this comment show a lack of realization of how people not from their corner speak?
 

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I am from North America. If I remember correctly you're a Brit.

In my everyday life, when I write emails, should ask what colour I should wear to the theatre? Or would that just be out of touch w/ where I'm from?

Your "doesn't realize there's a world out there..." is just being a needless ass.



Doesn't this comment show a lack of realization of how people not from their corner speak?
Realisation?
 

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