Is it a bold statement to say that a brand is making some of the best — or perhaps, the best — spring chinos out there? It sure is. But does it appear that Abercrombie & Fitch can deliver the goods when it comes to stylish spring chinos? Yes, yes it does. That’s where the Athletic Slim Officer’s Chinos in the brand’s reliable Rustin fit come into play. Abercrombie & Fitch revamped its denim line last year (to go along with its chinos), offering a range of fits for every taste. It’s part of the brand’s ongoing evolution — are you on board yet? I’m a big fan of the denim line, but had yet to check out the brand’s chinos; thus, the Athletic Slim Officer’s Chinos were the way to go (and a big thanks to the brand for sending them along!). Now, to business. The Athletic Slim Officer’s Chinos are as classic as it gets, right down to the inspiration, the fabrication and the small design details. They’re inspired by military officer chinos (as the name would imply) and built with timeless style in mind; certainly, you need a pair of chinos like that on your list of spring style essentials.
They even feature 100 percent cotton fabric from North Carolina’s Cramerton mill. Why does that matter? Well, it’s the very same mill that produced fabric for military uniforms during World War II — the fabric is the real deal, and it makes for a heck of a pair of classic men’s chinos. Unlike silhouettes of decades past, the fit here is more tapered toward the ankle, with some room in the thigh … not too skinny, not too baggy … just right. In short, the Athletic Slim Officer’s Chinos are your answer as to what to wear with, well, darn near everything on your list this spring. A slub white tee and cotton canvas sneakers make perfect sense alongside the Athletic Slim Officer’s Chinos, as does an indigo denim jacket, a short-sleeve henley and classic suede desert boots. And if you want to dress them up? Pair these stylish Abercrombie & Fitch chinos with a classic blue Oxford, brown leather wingtips and a navy cotton blazer for style that works any day of the week … in any year, for that matter. It’s rare to find a pair of chinos that harness that sense of classic construction with modern wearability, but A&F has knocked it out of the park.
Happy styling! And thanks for reading.