Chinos, like jeans, are such a staple in men’s wardrobes that they are often a repeat buy like, well, jeans. The thing is, no guy wants to be purchasing the same pair the next time round even if the previous pants served him extremely well. This is when we go out looking for the small, sometimes barely discernible details that not only sets the chinos apart, but allow us, the wearer, to feel good about them and special in them.
I am especially partial to this pair by the Japanese brand Lowrys Farm Men. First look, the chinos, in a darker shade of khaki than the usual, is like most flat-front, slim-cut pairs until you zoom in on the side pockets. Just at the end where the pocket meets the side seam, a little Oxford-cloth inverted triangle is inserted to form a neat graphic detail in a part of the trousers you are not expected to find a design treatment. And that’s really where the desirability lies.