Essential Khaki Chinos, Part 1 of 3

The unmatched versatility of khaki chinos make them a true workhorse garment.

As far as menswear essentials go, a good pair of khaki chinos are a must have. In fact, if I was forced to choose just one pair of pants to wear for the rest of my life, I would definitely go with a pair of khakis. Their unmatched versatility makes them one of the true workhorse garments in any guy’s wardrobe. Khaki chinos are super easy to dress up or down and look great for work, casual, or just hanging out. Here’s the first in a series of three ways to wear them.

1. Spring Workwear

Essential Khaki Chinos - He Spoke Style

You can really view khaki chinos as a blank canvas. They pair so well with such a wide variety of colors and patterns it’s hard to get it “wrong” when putting a look together. With such an abundance of options, it’s all about what you’re feeling on a particular day. I decided that for each of the three looks in this series I’d stick to a classic color palate—blues and browns. It’s a tried and true, can’t go wrong option that always looks fresh no matter the situation.

Essential Khaki Chinos - He Spoke Style

Because of their versatility, the feel of any look with khaki chinos is really defined by what you pair them with. A button-up shirt and double monk strap shoes definitely dress them up appropriately for any workday (or casual Friday, depending on your office’s dress code) without having to rock ’em with a cuff and a crease.

Essential Khaki Chinos - He Spoke Style

If khakis are a blank canvas, then so too is a light blue button down. In a workwear situation, consider it an opportunity to add a little color, interest, or nod to the current season with your choice of neckwear.

Essential Khaki Chinos - He Spoke Style

Essential Khaki Chinos - He Spoke Style

I’m a huge fan of the messenger bag. It’s versatile, stylish, and a great alternative to a classic briefcase. Messenger bags are typically seen as a more casual option, but if you invest in a quality and well-made leather bag nobody is likely to hold it against you. Plus, it will last you a lot longer. Believe it or not, I’ve had this bag for over 13 years. It still looks fantastic and keeps getting better with age.

Essential Khaki Chinos - He Spoke Style
This Look: Cotton khaki chinos by J.Crew, Blue micro stripe shirt by Michael Andrews Bespoke (similar here), Madras plaid tie by J.Crew, Brown double monk strap shoes by To Boot New York, Brown socks by Johnston & Murphy, Brown leather plaque belt by J.Crew, Silver tie bar by The Tie Bar, Watch with brown leather band by Timex, Brown leather messenger bag by Coach.

As always, feel free to leave your thoughts below. Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

He Spoke Style

Photography by Rob McIver Photo.


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  • anthony

    I’m looking to buy those Chinos from J.Crew. Are those the Khaki or the British Khaki?

    Thank you

    • Brian Sacawa

      Plain khaki, Anthony. Thanks for reading.

  • Aaron L

    <3 your whole blog. I am now going to invest in the Coach bag. :P Although I will look around and see which style I like best. very inspiring.

    • Brian Sacawa

      You definitely won’t regret it.

  • Stephen

    Do you have the Bowery slim chinos? Or do you wear a different kind from jcrew?

    • Brian Sacawa

      I do not have the Bowery’s. I wear the 484 fit. Thanks for reading, Stephen.

  • Nick

    Good stuff Brian – I’m having trouble finding a shirt like that – I need one.

    Also – loved the nod to the doc – I was thinking of that song as soon as a read that.

  • George v Caprivi

    Like the post, though I was a bit shocked to see a black belt paired with brown shoes. Some rules are meant to be broken, but in this case I’m not loving it.

    • Gabriel Liwerant

      The belt is actually not black, it is a very dark brown. It is difficult to tell from the picture, but I have seen this exact belt in person at a J.Crew.