Take a break from the ordinary denim, and go for the classy, sophisticated style of Chinos. Often confused with khakis, it can be distinguished because of its flat front, tapered pant legs, and its lack of pocket. Back in the day, these were made in China for American soldiers in the Spanish-American War out of cotton or cotton-synthetic blends. Years after the war, the style stuck because of young soldiers wearing their military bottoms as civilian clothing. Today, the lightweight material makes it perfect for Filipinos who want to the sophisticated look of khakis, but in a more breathable material. Unlike khakis which are only available in their well-known dull yellow-brown shade, Chinos are available in different in colors and shades, making them more stylish and versatile. Many bottoms of this material are available in pastel colors.
Although it initially was used to refer to the cloth, its end-product of trousers are now simply known as Chinos. The origin of its name is still unambiguous with some saying that it comes from the American-Spanish word “chino” that means “toasted”, while others say that it was because of the cloth and the trousers were manufactured in China. Just as denim comes in many forms, it also comes in the form of pants and shorts. The pants, lighter than both khaki and denim, can be considered as an alternative to jeans. The breathable, lightweight, and comfortable material makes it ideal for everyday wear in the tropical climate of the Philippines. Just as regular pants, they can come in a variety of cuts such as straight, skinny, and tailored. The shorts, which often come in straight cut, make for a sophisticated alternative to the typical denims. Even if paired with a shirt or with a button down, it can add a stylish feel that’s reminiscent of European style.