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A full guide for picking a perfect fitting chinos

A full guide for picking a perfect fitting chinos

I am a big fan of chinos pants, not just because it’s stylish but also for its comfortable, I wear chinos instead of jeans, because chinos always make me feel more comfortable and casual, and I will never be trouble picking a top or shoes to match my jeans.

What are chinos

You might always hear someone mention “chinos” and will have a puzzle about what is chinos?

After some research on google, there has an answer on chinos:

Lightweight and versatile trousers that are a slightly smarter jeans alternative.

So chinos are another pants extra for jeans? let us dig in.

Why chinos? why not jeans as a better choice?

But why do we need chinos? as denim lovers, we literally wear jeans on any occasion, no matter in business or casual ways.

Chinos vs jeans

  • lighter fabric
  • comfortable
  • stylish

Even denim is classic and durable, but chinos are much lighter on fabric and due to the properties of cloth, chinos can be much more colorful than jeans, which makes it stylish than denim. As a new fashion trend, we need pants which are more color, and more comfortable, so chinos will be a good choice after denim.

There are tons of kinds of chinos, which chinos are best?

1, Classic Chinos

Which are chinos that kind of look like “dress” or “suit” pants, often be worn on formal occasions in old times, such as prom, business meetings, and formal attire.

2, Slim fit chinos

Refer to the wiki means: Slim-fit pants or skinny jeans (when made of denim) are tight trousers that have a snug fit through the legs and end in a small leg opening that can be anywhere from 9″ to 20″ in circumference, depending on size.[1] Other names for this style include drainpipes, stovepipes, tight pants, cigarette pants, pencil pants, skinny pants, gas pipes, and skinnies.

3, Skinny fit chinos

Refer to the wiki means: Skinny pants taper completely at the bottom of the leg, whereas drainpipes are skinny but then the lower leg is straight instead of tapering and so they are often slightly baggier at the bottom of the leg than skinny jeans. In some very skinny styles, zippers are needed at the bottom of the leg to facilitate pulling them over the feet because the leg opening is so small. Stretch denim, with anywhere from 2% to 4% spandex, may be used to allow jeans to have a “super-slim fit”. Skinny jeans come in a variety of colors and styles

Classic vs Slim fit vs Skinny fit

So, it comes to another question, classic or slim fit or skinny fit? In my opinion, classic chinos are out of fashion, so the only trouble with picking a slim fit or skinny fit pants.

Slim fit or skinny fit?

it all depends on which styles you like, if you prefer to wear loose and comfortable, you should pick up slim fit pants, otherwise, the skinny fit should be the best choice.

How to pick “the right chinos” by your body shape?

Tall and have a long leg

If you are lucky enough to have a pair of long legs, you can choose slim fit chinos, and long enough trouser legs, which can better outline your long legs and make you look more outstanding

Short and have a short leg

If unfortunately, you are short, then don’t worry, you just need to avoid too long trouser legs, limply dragging on the ground, it will make you look dowdy.

Big guy with a big thigh

If you have a pair of strong thighs, in order to better highlight them, you will definitely choose skinny chinos, because the close-fitting trousers can better outline your legs and show the results of your exercise better. Show off your masculinity

Pick the right chinos on the right occasion:

For casual occasion

As casual occasions as possible, you can choose slightly more fancy colors and avant-garde shapes, or you can choose a combination of popular decals

Business occasion

More formal occasions, you can choose some more classic styles, simple colors

Pick the right color for your chinos pants!

Different colors can seek different needs, we need to figure out all meanings.

solid color

serious and calm, always be the first choice by a normal person, but you should mention that the solid color might not be a worse choice, but it also would make you stand out from the crowd.

chic color

A chic color should be another side of the coin with solid color, solid color will not put you outstanding, but the chic color is a non-normal color which will make you “special”, while in the chic color you will always catch the eyes.

pattern color

Or in other words “pattern”, which does not refer to detailed colors, means pants contain the different patterns, might be a circle, a triangle, a flower, a sight, etc. Compare to a solid color and chic color, the pattern should be a middle side between solid color and chic color, will not boring like solid color and will not be special and eye catches as chic color.

military color

Like the words military, it will be easy to understand, military colors should be military colors if you are a fan of military stuff, that might be a good one for your pants.

Detailed Fit Advice:

After all about color, style, occasion stuff of pant, we should focus on some details of chinos whiches can make your pants more comfortable:


Remember that, comfortable chinos should have a stretch waist, and you should not need a belt while wearing chinos, the waist can still hold you well, For chinos, the waist will sit lower than suit pants, but should hit exactly where the waist of your jeans should be – right in between the upper and mid-hip-bone area


The hip area( or call seat), should gently hug your hips, not sagging or tight. If your pants feel like they split when you sit or bend over, they are too tight. You look like you’ve come full circle, you should probably try a different style or brand. If that doesn’t work, you can also downsize and see if that fixes the problem. If that doesn’t work, you can ask the tailor to tuck the upper thighs in to compensate for the extra room in the seat.


Trouser rise is tough to alter, so be sure your Chinos fit well in the seat and crotch before you buy them. Try to avoid super low-rise Chinos, as they only flatter men with very long legs.


They shouldn’t fit too tight but lie comfortably near without feeling like it’s pulling at the knees when you walk or bend down. Unlike jeans, you want a little further room in the shanks. You should be suitable to pinch a minimum of 1 inch of fabric, but no further than 1.5 elevations on either side of your thigh. However, try a different style or brand or, if possible, If you can pinch further than that. As a last resort, you can get a knitter to slim the legs to this size, but just like taking in the seat of your chinos, it’ll presumably bring further than buying a whole new brace of pants.


If you can not easily put on your socks without taking off your pants, that means your pants are too tight, you will need to make one size bigger then.


Someone will like to show their ankle out, in their mind, cropped pants should be more fashionable, and it is fine. Only one thing should be remembered, pick a pair of pants with ankles not tight up. comfortable should be most important.



While in summer, especially in some “hot” places, should choose a lighter color, breathable material, the chinos short will be a better choice.


Should choose a thicker material, better with fleece lining, more stretch material, since you will need more cloth on the wether.

Roll-up vs none roll up

You will fall into another question: should we roll up our chinos or not? In classic ways, we should not roll up our chinos, the bottom should stay upon our shoes, but that looks very “boring”, you might try to roll up yourself if you don’t want to be a boring man or want to make a little bit “smart casual”, but should still remember that you should not roll up your ankle over three-time, you can simply roll it once or twice, with an “I didn’t spend any time on this” look


Last but not least thing, how to pick the right length for your chinos? it’s all about how many breaks you want, But, a lighter break should always be better with tall guys and no breaks should pick with shorts.

Some skinny chinos buying guides.

In Nicerior, we got various chinos, let us take a quick look on our pants:

With the full article, should you get the point to pick the right fit chinos for your wardrobe? please kindly leave a comment if you need help.

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