Which do you prefer? Denim or Chinos? This can be a difficult question.
When I was a kid, chinos were for Sunday School, band concerts, or trips into the city to see a Broadway play. They were dress pants in my mind. Stuffy. Pleated. Khaki.
I would wear them with a striped polo and penny loafers. I was a cool kid, clearly.
But times have changed! I’d like to think I’m cooler now and I wear chinos as often as jeans. A pair of chinos that fits well is as versatile and as comfortable as denim. I wear them with everything from a blazer to a T-shirt. Anything I wear with jeans usually works with chinos.
But let’s not be close-minded about denim, either! For me, I prefer a light wash for a casual look and dark selvage denim for a late night in the city. You can wear jeans pretty much anywhere these days.
Check out the pics below showing two looks, styled two ways: one with denim and one with chinos, showing the versatility of both.