The History Of Chino Trousers

The History Of Chino Trousers

Chino trousers, also known as khakis, are a classic style of trousers that have been a staple in men's fashion for over a century. Their timeless style and versatility have made them a popular choice for casual and semi-formal occasions, and they continue to be a wardrobe essential for men of all ages.

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The origins of chino trousers can be traced back to the mid-19th century, when British soldiers stationed in India began wearing lightweight cotton trousers made from a cloth called chino. This fabric was originally used to make military uniforms, but its durability and breathability made it popular for civilian clothing as well.

By the turn of the 20th century, chino trousers had become popular in the United States, where they were adopted by the Ivy League fashion scene. The trousers were often worn with button-down oxford shirts and penny loafers, creating a preppy, collegiate look that was popular on college campuses across the country.

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During World War II, chino trousers were once again embraced by the military, as they were practical and comfortable for soldiers to wear in the field. They were often issued to troops as part of their standard uniform, and many soldiers continued to wear them after the war ended, bringing the style back to civilian fashion.

In the 1950s, chino trousers became a popular choice for casual wear, thanks in part to Hollywood stars like Paul Newman and Marlon Brando, who often wore them on and off screen. The trousers were also embraced by the emerging youth culture of the era, and became a symbol of rebellion against the more formal dress codes of the past. Since then, chino trousers have remained a staple in men's fashion, evolving to reflect changing styles and trends.

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Chino trousers have a rich history that spans over a century, from their origins as a military uniform fabric to their popularity among Ivy League students and Hollywood stars. Their timeless style and versatility have ensured their place as a wardrobe essential for men of all ages, and they continue to be a popular choice for casual and semi-formal occasions. 

We will soon introduce the Newman style, a chino, made in Italy, available in 3 colours. 



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