As spring weather starts to roll into town — slowly but surely — it’s time to turn your attention toward the menswear classics that are going to work for you this season. To wit: Today’s #OOTD dives into the classic chinos you can wear all season, paired up with both rugged and refined style picks. Chinos started as a military staple, then transitioned into off-duty wear … and they’ve remained a constant ever since. Think of the Flint and Tinder Selvage Chinos as shown below (spoiler!) as a true workhorse pair of pants, able to be worn at the office and at happy hour — and on the weekend with your favorite T-shirt — in equal measure. The use of tough, cool selvage fabric gives them that old-school feel, too. They’re more polished than sweatpants or even a classic pair of dark denim, especially when you wear them the way today’s post is guiding you to do — with a rugged Western shirt from Taylor Stitch, not to mention equally rugged leather chukka boots from HELM Boots. All told, these are just a few of the pieces you can use in a spring-friendly #OOTD — comfort, style and versatility take center stage here. Naturally, it helps if you finish the entire ensemble off with one of the best men’s spring jackets — but I won’t spoil the exact pick just yet. If you have questions on how to wear your new favorite chinos, hit me up on Twitter.
- The Chinos: Flint and Tinder Selvage Chinos, $168 — The staple of your entire outfit, these might be some of the best men’s chinos on the market, especially as we head into the chino-friendly confines of spring. Wear these however you please.
- The Shirt: Taylor Stitch Western Shirt, $125 — The beauty of wearing a pair of classic men’s chinos for spring is that they’ll work with so many other staples in your closet — like this versatile Western shirt from Taylor Stitch.
- The Jacket: Belstaff Trialmaster Jacket, $595 — For inclement spring weather and road trips aplenty, you need one of the best men’s spring jackets — an utterly classic waxed jacket from Belstaff. Rugged, dependable, ready for anything.
- The Chukka Boots: HELM Boots Declan Chukka Boots, $295 — If you follow the blog, you know the drill — classic leather chukka boots, especially from HELM Boots, are as surefire a style bet as it gets. Plus, you can get $50 off your first pair, plus free shipping, right now.
- The Belt: Flint and Tinder 365 Belt, $85 — To go along with your classic leather chukka boots, you should snag one of the best men’s leather belts — it helps that it’s made by the same brand that makes the selvage chinos you’re going to love so much.
- The Watch: Bertucci A-2TR Vintage GMT, $219.98 — You know what this ensemble needs? A rugged leather watch to wear on the office and on the road, and this vintage-style leather timepiece is precisely the one to snag now.
- The Grooming Essential: Duke Cannon x Budweiser American Lager Solid Cologne, $25 — Now, I’m normally a craft beer guy, but when Duke Cannon and Budweiser teamed up on some of the best men’s solid cologne (featuring a rich cedarwood scent), I was fully onboard. Talk about a true grooming essential for spring.
- The Everyday Carry: Billykirk x Flint and Tinder Standard Issue Tote, $165 — One of the toughest tote bags out there is A) Easy to carry and B) Ridiculously well-made via Billykirk x Flint and Tinder. It’s the perfect everyday bag this season.
The thing about some of the best men’s chinos is, again, that mix of versatility, rugged appeal & classic style. The trappings of spring are, of course, in full swing (say that five times fast) when you change up the pace and swap in a Taylor Stitch shirt in place of your more classic Oxford shirt — and that entire combination stands out quite nicely when your outer layer is a classic waxed jacket from Belstaff — for pairing up with iconic chinos, you should reach for an iconic men’s jacket (investment-level, yes, but worth it). The right footwear makes all the difference when it comes to all-day style and dependability, so you might as well reach for classic leather chukka boots, the kind that’ll break in over time and get better as they go. The right accessories help classic pieces stand out stylishly, so a vintage-style leather timepiece is the right move on the accessories front. Similarly, who can argue with one of the best men’s leather belts — and from the same brand that’s crafting your chinos? To switch things up in a way that’s unique and fun, reach for the Duke Cannon and Budweiser solid cologne shown above — it’s a nice grooming essential for spring to add to your arsenal. Last but not least, you need a tough bag to carry your EDC picks on the daily, and Billykirk x Flint and Tinder have delivered exactly what’s required this season. Again, if you have any further questions, you know where to find me — on Twitter! Cheers!