Most men generally do not really want to have the equivalent of a shopping mall in their closet.
Okay, some do. But not all can afford it,
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One of the items most men should have in their wardrobe is a good pair of chinos.
They are so versatile, it would be a crime NOT to.
Beige and khaki are the usual colours, but today we are paying tribute to their equally snazzy brother, the navy chino.
Unlike stubbornly casual denim or formal slacks, navy chinos play well in both camps – it can take you from work to play and back again with the flip of a shirt.
Need a few tips? Here are some navy chinos outfit ideas to get you inspired.
Finding the Perfect Pair Of Navy Chinos
Like all other things in your wardrobe, the perfect pair of chinos should fit you well.
If you have a bigger frame or you do not like skinny pants, then go for slim or straight cut chinos.
On the flip side, slimmer or skinny chinos give you a neater silhouette and will work better in more formal settings.
Chinos are dead easy to cuff, so you can vary the lengths depending on your outfit, though don’t go overboard, or it will just look like your pants shrunk in the wash.--------------------
For a Smart Look
A pair of navy chinos can easily replace traditional tailored trousers or slacks, provided they fit and are paired well.
It is generally better not to cuff them to avoid adding casual overtones to your smart look.
A white Oxford shirt is an absolute classic, and another staple you should have in your wardrobe.
Pair your chinos with a white Oxford shirt and some sleek brown leather shoes, and you can not go wrong.
Oxford shoes, monks, and dress boots are all great choices.
Top your outfit off with the perfect coat –a double breasted blazer or a pea coat are great choices for serious style or button up a waistcoat for a bit of sass.
Stick to neutral colours like black, grey or brown for a balanced look, or layer navy on navy for a more monochromatic look.
For a Smart Casual Look
This is where things get fun. Finding your balance in the grey area that is smart casual can be a bit of a challenge for some.
Where do formal end and casual begin?
Fortunately, the chinos are just that versatile. Pairing them with a button-down shirt and suit jacket are easy ways to layer for both possibilities.
Keep the jacket on if you need to be a little more formal and just take it off and roll up your shirtsleeves or cuff your chinos for a more relaxed look.
If it is a little chilly, you can break out a crew or v-neck sweater for a versatile look that will easily take you from brunch to casual dinner.
If you are feeling cheeky, accessories like suspenders or newsboy caps will add a quick touch of flair.
To finish the look, pick out a pair of brogues, tassel loafers or boat shoes from your shot closet, or lace up a pair of desert boots for a hint of sleek ruggedness.
For a Casual Look
There is a satisfying loosening of rules here, but that does n’t mean we should get sloppy.
Polo or Henley shirts are great options for being relaxed in style.
Pair it with a pair of low top sneakers or tassel loafers and you are set for a chilled day out.
A sweater or cardigan can also work here, with a comfortable pair of tennis shoes or white sneakers.
Off the Beaten Track
Lately, denim shirts seem to have become the new trendy best friend for navy chinos.
Pair it with a blazer and leather derby shoes for a smart yet rugged look or for with a loose-weave scarf or desert boots for an exotic traveller look.
No matter how you style or wear it, there’s no denying the chameleon-like qualities of a good pair of navy chinos.
If you haven’t picked a pair yet, then maybe it’s about time you do.
Navy Chinos Outfit Ideas For Men