Jeans Vs. Chinos
We’ve all been there – looking into the abyss of our closets, trying to compose our look for the day, answering the critical questions: “Where am I going today?” “Am I going to be inside or outside? “Is the work involved? “Who am I going to be with?
Or maybe you don’t do either of those things and grab the first pair of pants and shirts you see, and you’re out there caring about the world. It must be nice. But for those of us who put more effort into our wardrobes, let me answer the old question I’m sure you were asking yourself and were too afraid to ask: what exactly is the difference between jeans and chinos?
The ultimate fashion staple, jeans were first introduced in 1873 by Jacob Davis and Levi Strauss. Originally called “jeans” or ‘jean,’ this cotton corduroy fabric was popularized for its durability to withstand wear-and-tear while still looking good enough that it could be worn anywhere at any time!
The durability of denim is one reason it has been a staple in the wardrobe for decades. The durable nature means that jeans can transcend gender and age, while still staying true to their roots as an affordable fashion option available at any level or class within society. That being said there will always be new designs incorporating cutting-edge technology with these iconic fabrics over time- Denim might just get better!
The first reference to Chinos was in 1898 when the American armed forces were stationed in the Philippines during the Spanish American War, and their uniforms were made from Chinese cotton twill. This colloquial term originated from the Spanish name of “China”.
After World War II, when returning GIs began to wear plain pants, chinos became commonplace on college campuses. Hollywood quickly followed, leading a new generation to define chinos as an effortlessly cool American style symbol.
Fabric And Color
Jeans are made from denim and heavyweight twill fabric and are primarily identified by their characteristic blue color. However, many bleaches and dyes of blue and other colors are still involved. Chinos are from cotton, lighter weight twill fabric, and although they tend to be mostly in shades of brown and skin tone, they can also come in a variety of colors.
Jeans come in a plethora of variations and styles including, but not limited to slim, regular, boot cut, skinny, casual, and more. New trends are emerging and constantly changing and come and go.
Chinos tend to have a standard fit and pant style. If you need to show off your flex in your chinos, you can choose a pleated or flat front or a different color. Also, roll up your chinos at the ankle for a more laid-back vibe.
Where to wear
While jeans tend to be considered the more casual of the two, depending on how you style them, jeans and chinos are interchangeable between casual and dressy, depending on the fit, color, shoes, and fit, the way you style the rest of your look.
Obviously, the weather will vary depending on where you are, but generally, jeans tend to be worn all year round while chinos are reserved for the spring and summer months.
Here is! Jeans and chinos should be a staple in any stylish man’s wardrobe, but don’t you feel better knowing the definition of the difference between the two? Impress your friends with your knowledge of the history of the two and be amazing while doing it.