The chino – the perfect middle ground between jeans and full-fledged dress pants — is a go-to for golfers. And while we all know about the khaki chino, we often get stuck there, forgetting about the expansive color options out there. With khaki already well-represented in your wardrobe, why not dip your toe into exciting new frontiers like navy, gray, or olive?
The navy chino offers a dressier option, though the versatility of navy allows it to still retain a casual feel. Navy chinos pair well with an Oxford shirt – try white or pale blue – and dark shoes. A bow tie fits with the smart style of a navy chino, as does a sportscoat with a pocket square. In other words, navy can go places, proving a must-have for more formal dressers.
Olive offers an intriguing choice that fits with the cozy vibes of fall and winter. Olive dresses down quite easily, especially paired with neutral t-shirts and sneakers. A crisp white tee and clean leather sneakers can give your outfit a weekend vibe, while a button-down and black leather can make it feel more elevated. For a winter aesthetic, feel free to layer aplenty—a true neutral, olive pairs well with darker or lighter shades.
The gray chino’s vibe is hard to define. Most closely resembling denim of this group, gray tones give the look of your favorite jeans with the style of a chino. If you’d happily live in your weekend wear but your dress code dictates otherwise, gray chinos just might become your new favorite pair.