Lee Jeans offer up two simple and sturdy chino options in the form of their Brooklyn Chinos.
Chinos have been getting a bad rep recently, mainly due to the bastardisation that involves a lot of elastic at the cuff and their recent God like status in Essex and Topman. Both are sad things for the classic chino and probably the last thing that it’s native wearer Godfrey sat in a village pub in Oxfordshire would have wanted. However, somehow, it’s happened. I don’t think that this should deter anyone from wearing a chino as they are intended though; keeping it clean and simple. Chinos are an essential in any man’s wardrobe as a nice alternative to denim and especially in the blistering Summer heat (cough).
This particular chino comes from Lee Jeans and features a zip fly, four pockets and 2% elastalane in the cotton (no idea why). Chinos should always make you think preppy rather than rudeboy or butch man with fake tan and these boast a classic fit that help with that. The antique bronze colour is a little played out at the moment, which is sad as it’s a classic, but the charcoal gives you a solid alternative that will look better than it’s bronze brother in a lot of outfits.
Both are available now from Oi Polloi for £70 a pair.