#OOTD: How to Wear Chinos for Men Right Now

Look, there are certain menswear essentials a guy just has to rely on nearly every single day. You’ve got to be able to count on certain building blocks of your wardrobe to come through in the clutch, be it casual days at the office, late summer weekend hangouts or really, anything in between. Enter my guide on how to wear chinos for men, and let’s specifically take a deeper dive into the “chinos” that aren’t exactly like the chinos you wore in days gone by (perhaps baggy and with pleats, right?). The pants in today’s #OOTD are the stellar Flint and Tinder 365 Pants, which are less like full-on chinos and more like a nice blend between your favorite pair of denim and dress pants. Think of this like a Flint and Tinder review, or else, a buying guide about how to look great when wearing chinos. It can be done, folks, and that’s especially true if you’re wearing them with other classics, like the best chukka boots for men.

Now, I’ve waxed poetic here on the blog about the best pants for men on the market, like the very pants you’re about to read about today. They’re a versatile cross between rugged and refined, ready for adventure (even if adventure just happens to be kicking back at a brewery patio). Plus, the Flint and Tinder 365 Pants can be mixed and matched to your heart’s content, whether you wear ’em with a T-shirt and a trucker jacket, or with a classic Oxford shirt. If your wardrobe feels a bit stale, then adding some utility and versatility via the Flint and Tinder 365 Pants is the way to go. Check out today’s #OOTD, then give me a follow on Twitter to tell me if it’s what you’re looking for these days.

  • The Chinos: Flint and Tinder 365 Pants, $98 — There really is a ton to love about the iconic Flint and Tinder 365 Pants, including the fact that they’re made with a blend of cotton and spandex for ease of movement. They’re also available in three fits, a wide range of sizes and plenty of colors for every style. Let’s go with classic Navy here.
  • The T-Shirt: Proof 72-Hour Merino Tee, $72 — Haven’t yet tried the perfect-fitting, moisture-wicking, endlessly versatile Proof 72-Hour Merino Tee? Now’s your chance, because this tee is polished enough to wear to the office (when layered the right way) and cool enough to wear to the bar.
  • The Casual Jacket: Relwen Windbreak Blazer, $261 — Here’s where you can customize your outfit when it comes to how to wear men’s chinos. This casual cotton blazer is ideal to wear for a laidback return to the office, but it’s rugged and laidback enough to work during off-duty gatherings, too.
  • The Chukka Boots: Red Wing Heritage Weekender Chukka Boots, $230 — A go-anywhere pair of rugged men’s chukka boots is exactly what this look needs. Like the Relwen blazer shown above, these have enough polish for a casual workplace and enough style points for happy hour.
  • The Watch: Shinola Monster Automatic, $1,450 — Here’s even more rugged versatility at play. This luxury dive watch is truly a “wear anywhere, wear with anything” kind of timepiece, and it could become your new everyday watch to wear into fall and winter.
  • The Socks: American Trench Retro Stripe Socks, $12.50 — No great #OOTD is complete without a pair of the best socks for men, the kind you can wear with anything (like rugged chukka boots and chinos).
  • The Everyday Carry: Filson Rugged Twill Tote, $195 — Look, no matter where you’re going, be it to the office or to a weekend getaway, you need a handy way to haul your gear. Enter this true everyday carry essential, one you’ll have for years to come.
  • The Sunglasses: Taylor Stitch Nelson Sunglasses, $298 — Believe you me, it’s more than worth investing in a pair of the coolest men’s sunglasses, especially if they come from Taylor Stitch. This collaboration pair, made with luxury eyewear brand Dom Vetro, is a sharp way to accessorize from summer into early fall.

It’s high time you geared up for the (eventual) end of summer and the start of early fall. How best to do that? By wearing classic menswear picks that actually work as well in September and October as they do right now. The key behind it all, naturally, has got to be the Flint and Tinder 365 Pants, which wear like jeans, look like chinos and perform stylishly no matter what. The comfortable, wear-with-anything Proof 72-Hour Merino Tee is your next move, because it’s wearable for days on end, it wicks away sweat and it looks mighty fine with a blazer (like the casual cotton blazer shown above) or something a little more rugged, like the classic Flint and Tinder Waxed Trucker Jacket (it’s also worth buying one of those right now, in preparation for fall). The only pair of shoes you need to lace up with this look would be durable, dependable chukka boots, which wear pretty nicely with the best socks for men (it helps that the socks are American-made, too).

Splurge just a little bit on a luxury dive watch you can team with looks dressy and casual. The same can be said for the truly versatile and hard-working Filson Rugged Twill Tote shown here. The final piece is a standout, instantly recognizable pair of the coolest men’s sunglasses, which are certainly more than worth the investment. At the end of the day, the best menswear is the kind that’s versatile, fairly priced and able to be worn anywhere. This #OOTD checks all the right boxes, I’d say. Happy shopping!

#OOTD: Refresh Your Spring Wardrobe with the Best Men’s Chinos

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.

You can wear these classic chinos just about anywhere — along with other menswear staples.

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!

#OOTD: Wear Your New Favorite Chinos This Way for Summer

The simple pleasures are really what summer is all about — like wearing a pair of the best men’s chinos to do, well, whatever it is you please. From preparing a lovely meal on your patio grill to spending long hours with friends and family on your back deck or on vacation, summer seems primed for those types of opportunities — especially if you wear the proper men’s style essentials as outlined in this #OOTD, including, again, some stylish men’s chinos from Flint and Tinder (more on why you need that exact pair in a second). The right pair of lightweight, stylish chinos can step things up a notch from shorts — no matter how stylish your shorts might be, it’s sometimes a nice gesture to shake things up a bit and go just a touch dressier. And for an easygoing summer evening, we’ll balance things out with a stylish short-sleeve shirt (leave the blazer at home), to go along with a classic NATO strap watch. The overall impact of this #OOTD is one that nods toward casual style and great times, without being too bold or over-the-top — the absolute perfect balance for summer, in my mind. No matter where your plans take you, that sounds agreeable to me. To see how I’m dressing for summer, head to my Instagram — and to get the full ensemble, read below!

A mix of easygoing refinement and summer style staples. Tequila not included.

Are you onboard with this #OOTD for a casual summer night? When you keep the focus on simple, classic men’s style essentials — I.E. stylish men’s chinos from Flint and Tinder — the rest of your ensemble can truly shine. And lightweight chinos are going to provide a perfect counterbalance in terms of style when paired up with a stylish short-sleeve shirt from Lisboa — see, you’re already all set for your next rooftop or backyard party. Throw in some summer-ready touches, like your new favorite casual watch and a pair of the rugged-yet-cool Yuketen Canoe Mocs, and you’re breezy and well-dressed (possibly the best-dressed guy at the entire affair??). Summer calls for on-point accessories across the board, including stylish sunglasses and a stylish suede belt  — it’s all about keeping things casual yet still sharp. Whether you host or spend the evening with friends, I’d also wager just about anyone can appreciate something like a make-your-own margarita glass set, ideally filled with a homemade recipe.  Last but not least, to tie things all together … put on a richly scented solid cologne from Duke Cannon to really drive home the easygoing-yet-stylish appeal of this #OOTD. That’s about everything you need for a great summer day or night, correct? Correct. Enjoy the season, folks!

#OOTD: How to Wear a Short-Sleeve Shirt for Summer

Editor’s note: You’ve surely seen this hashtag lots of different places, including on Instagram. But how does that carry over to real life? The #OOTD series will take one great item and put together a versatile, stylish outfit around it. Look for past features here.

If you’ve been keeping up with the #OOTD series here on The Style Guide, you’ll notice we’ve covered a heck of a lot of ground. But with warm weather heating up, we haven’t quite covered how to wear a short-sleeve shirt for summer. Now if you scroll ahead, you might notice this look is a bit layered up for summer. But if it goes get too hot, the jacket can always be ditched. Back to the matter at hand. A crisp short-sleeve shirt — not one that calls to mind Dwight Schrute, mind you — can be styled exactly like you might style a polo or a classic blue Oxford. So you’ll need to look for one that’s cut slim and modern, in a summer-appropriate color and/or pattern (this Bonobos Riviera Oxford is an ideal example of what we’re looking for). And given hot summer temps for most of us, short sleeves are going to be a nice substitute for, well, longer sleeves. A slim short-sleeve shirt can even be called into action under a blazer — it’s a secret warm-weather style move designed to keep you cool. But the below look aims for versatile style that looks a bit rugged, a bit polished and a whole lot of good. If you’re down with that, read on. For tips on how to style short-sleeve shirts for summer, hit me up on Instagram in the meantime.

Pairing a surefire short-sleeve shirt with a mix of style essentials.

Pairing a surefire short-sleeve shirt with a mix of style essentials.

The Shirt: JACHS NY Cream and Blue Horizontal Striped Short-sleeve Shirt, $89: JACHS NY produces style staples that are at once a bit prep-inspired and continental in nature, and this shirt is a fine example. It’s the perfect length untucked, and would look great with denim or shorts in other ensembles.

The Jacket: JackThreads Trucker Jacket in Seeded Natural, $79: Why, you might ask, does a denim jacket feature in this photo if it’s hot out? Well, it’s there to transition from day to night, and the excellent Natural color provides a great style swerve from a classic denim jacket.

The Pants: Buck Mason Iron Chinos, $135: Just like the Buck Mason Sand Chinos featured on this site earlier this spring, these Iron Chinos feature a modern cut, nice color and made-in-America construction.

The Loafers: Sebago Norwich Bison Penny Loafers, $165: These aren’t your average loafers, made with rich Horween Bison leather and designed to break in over time. Not quite too dressy, not quite too casual.

The Belt: J. Crew Factory Double-Striped Webbing Belt, $14.50: Worried about pairing two sets of stripes together? The scale of the belt, plus the nice off-white color, helps the belt stand out from the shirt itself.

The Socks: Mack Weldon No-show Socks, $16.50: For just over $16, you get not one, but two pairs of reliable, comfortable socks — crucial with loafers and rolled chinos.

The Wallet: Issara Minimalist Wallet, $69: Nearly $70 certainly is a lot for a card case, but when it’s crafted from rich navy leather and fits in the front pocket of your chinos (or slim blue denim, or a tailored suit), it’s worth the price.

If you don’t yet have a short-sleeve shirt or two in your closet, it’s a wise bet to pick up one that goes with quite a few ensembles — the striped blue-and-cream number above works with dark denim, slim light wash jeans, tan chinos or a stylish pair of chino shorts, along with all kinds of summer footwear picks. When you add in the fact that it looks great over top a pair of four-season chinos and some rugged loafers, it’s certainly a winning style move. Crisp, minimal accessories like a handmade lanyard and a reliable wallet certainly work well in nearly every style situation, too. If you’re hestitant to try one out, think of it like a slim summer polo, or even a classic chambray shirt, and go from there. Give me a shout on Twitter with style questions — come one, come all!

What’s your take on the above #OOTD? Would you change any pieces?
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Style Pick of the Week: Buck Mason Sand Chinos

Editor’s note: Expect these posts weekly detailing one standout item coveted by yours truly. Sometimes, these fit within budgetary restrictions and other times, they’re expensive splurges worth saving for. For more Wish List items from Beau, head here, and to see other Style Picks, head here.

The perfect pair of four-season chinos -- just maybe?

The perfect pair of four-season chinos — just maybe?

 

Even though summer is well and truly here (being past Memorial Day and all), it seems like there’s still an adjustment period in terms of what works and what doesn’t in terms of all-season wear. On a personal level, that means it still feels weird to ditch even light wash denim in favor of shorts, for example. That’s why it’s a positive (and useful) thing to be able to incorporate simple seasonal style essentials into your #OOTD no matter the weather. And in this instance, a great pair of cotton chinos definitely qualifies as a four-season #menswear staple. So if you recognize the chinos at the top of this page, you’re in good company. Buck Mason has popped up from time to time on The Style Guide before (including the brand’s classic blue Oxford),  and they’re back again today for very good reason. Finding investment pieces that work in multiple outfits is a tough thing if you don’t know where to look (or even if you do), and the brand’s Sand Chinos are just the ticket to solving those issues — and although they come in shades ranging from Olive to Iron, the Sand color is the way to go this week. Crafted from a 10oz. cotton twill in a color that’s a versatile take on khaki, they feature a tailored fit, a mid rise and the sort of look that works with everything from a slub pocket tee to a slim polo and classic navy sneakers. Really, that’s just the start.

Easily wearable with classic sneakers and a white shirt.

Easily wearable with classic sneakers and a white shirt.

They’re American-made, so that’s another thing going for ’em. And although the price is higher than, say, the Taylor Stitch Standard Issue Chino, it’s just as worth it.  Particularly in the summer, they’ll work just as well as your favorite pair of classic dark denim. Pair these with a slim white henley and brown leather sneakers for crisp weekend style, or toss these on with a cheeky graphic tee and chukka boots for a night out. And during the work week, they’re an especially solid style move — with a slim chambray shirt and brown suede wingtips, they’ll set you apart from other folks at the office — in a good way.  And even for an outdoor wedding, they’ll do the trick. Sharp leather loafers and a white chambray shirt are the ideal complements for such a style scenario, and they’ll do you well in cold weather with a  shawl cardigan and thermal henley. So that’s 12-month style for one price up front — not a bad deal, right? Let me know what you think over on Twitter, and thanks for reading!

Have you tried out Buck Mason chinos? How would you style this pair?