What Are You (Really) Wearing? The Lowdown on Chinos


Second only to the polo shirt, there are few summer styles as preppy as the chino pant. We’ve admired the short version (sans polo) as a longtime Kennedy family favorite for touch-football games – but what exactly gives this staple its completely casual appeal?

Like most menswear styles, the chino pant is military-inspired. It was part of the standard-issue U.S. military uniform for most of the 20th century. The style gained real popularity after WWII, though, when army surplus clothing became a mainstay in wardrobes of the preppy post-war generation.

While the casual construction has remained mostly the same, today’s chino is best done in pastels with embroidered nautical motifs. No matter which style you choose, there’s no doubt – the modern take on this classic is the unofficial party pant of summer.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

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