To make sure you have a good chino in your hands, here is the checklist.
The characteristics of chino pants :
two back welt pockets
two front Italian pockets
a waistband with belt loops
a light cotton fabric that can be of any color.
To know how to choose a man's chino, here are the important details:
At the level of tension areas, favor models with reinforcement points that prevent a seam from cracking. You can see these points on the photo of my Incotex chino below. The stitches on the pockets are a real plus for the resistance of your chino over time.
The thickness and strength of the seams is very important. Look carefully at how the pants are sewn, and if the seams look strong.
The quality of the buttons and zipper. This is a YKK, the world leader in quality zippers.
The quality of the fabric used to make the chino, which must be soft, but resistant
More globally, all the finishing touches that make the pants look strong, like for example the seams are sewn into a fabric sheath.
Having a comfort V in the back is also a great way to see if it's a quality men's chino. For example there is one on the Incotex chino I took as an example below.
quality men's chino details
To have a good look, I advise you to go to Bernard Zins or Incotex (at the corner of Printemps de l'homme in Paris) to see what a very good chino is and to compare with those you will find in other brands.
HOW TO WEAR A MAN'S CHINO: CHOOSE THE RIGHT CUT
The quality of the chino counts for 50% in my choice. The other 50% is the cut. Choosing a well cut chino is essential to :
want to wear it often
have a good style!
HOW TO CHOOSE THE CUT OF A CHINO?
The perfect cut for a chino is straight. Try on each model, because sometimes between brands there can be big differences in names between the slim fit chino, the skinny fit chino or the tappered fit ... Try! If it's an online store, you can order and send back if it doesn't fit.
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