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The Everyman's Guide To Wearing Chino Shorts

Bare. Those. Thighs.
by Mary Rose A. Hogaza | Nov 23, 2016
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A lot of men are hesitant to try the chino shorts  trend primarily because it features a slimmer cut and is shorter in length, baring a lot of man-thigh that world really could do without. But there's no need to shy away from an article of clothing that's perfect for our conutry's tropical weather.

Whether you're looking for versatility, comfort, or practicality, chinos are a great choice. You can pair them with a long-sleeved polo for a classier look. Rock it with a shirt and sneakers, and it becomes an outfit ideal for a mall date with your girlfriend.

Yes, they're super easy to wear, yet many still get that dyahe feeling while sporting this trend. To alleviate your fashion apprehensions, we've put together some guidelines to make sure your chino game is on point!

The length

Chinos should not go below your knees. They must be at least 2 or 3 inches higher than your kneecaps. Anything more than that and you'll look like you've stolen your girlfriend's shorts.

Short men, however, shouldn't be afraid to opt for shorter chinos to give them an illusion of height. For taller guys, the trick is to go a size bigger. A larger waist requires a longer length. 

In addition, if you have large legs, it's best to stick with a hem length that reaches the slimmer part of your legs. For men with skinny legs, on the other hand, pick a length that exposes a wider point of the legs. Adding a couple of folds of the hem will add bulk. 

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The fit

Just like skinny jeans, wearing chino shorts are meant to be fitted, but they should still provide you with the freedom of movement. As a rule of thumb, when trying bottoms at the store, they should be able to stay on your waist. You should also be able to stick two fingers in between the shorts and your hip bone to make sure you'll be comfortable.

Sometimes, the fit depends on the body shape and the secret is knowing your body proportion. Remember: tight shorts look good on slim bods while slim shorts can make a chunky guy appear smaller.

The style 

Keep it safe by sticking to neutral colors like black, navy, or khaki. They can be paired with almost everything—from basic tees to graphic shirts. But that isn't your only option. You can go crazy with printed, tattered, or pastel hued chinos. If your aim is to stand out from the crowd, go for wacky prints in aztec, floral, and fauna patterns.

For a visual guide, check out the photos below:


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