How To Wear The Stretch Chino

Stretch chinos used to mean dad pants with an elastic waistband. But oh, how times have changed. Now, owning a pair of chinos with stretch fabric means plenty of comfort, mobility & endless style. See them in action with these three Stylist-approved starter looks.

Get a comfy lead. See how to wear stretch chinos in three essential colors.

Stitch Fix Men’s outfit laydown featuring khaki pants, grey polo, chambray button-up, navy blazer and brown oxford shoes.

Chinos vs. Khakis: What’s the Difference?

Chinos and khakis often get mixed up, but here’s an easy separation point: Chinos were traditionally seen as semi-formal wear due to their lightweight & tapered construction. Khakis, on the other hand, lean more casual with relaxed (translation: baggy) fits. But rules sch-mules. With the emergence of casual styles, the chino has turned into a versatile closet go-to for every guy. And with stretch, they’re now a necessity.

Stitch Fix Men’s outfit laydown featuring short-sleeved navy button-down with small floral print, pink chinos and brown brogues.

How To Nail Work Casual Chino Style

Chinos make a great addition to casual wear. Match them up with a play-it-cool button-up and tee for a relaxed yet work appropriate style. And for the shoes? Surprise them all by choosing the suede brogue over sneakers.

Stitch Fix Men’s Outfit featuring blue chambray top, beige sweater and brown loafers.

How To Nail Semi-Formal Chino Style

A pullover sweater is generally considered casualwear, but that really depends on the fabric. Take a pullover made of cashmere or upgraded supima cotton, and pair that up with a chambray shirt for a touch of color. Add the chino to round out a more formal look.

Stitch Fix Men’s outfit laydown featuring navy harrington jacket over cream pullover sweater next to navy plaid chinos and brown leather sneakers.

How To Nail Weekend Chino Style

Don’t forget the chino during the weekend. Although it’s common to dress down with your favorite jeans, a pair of chinos can bring the same relaxed vibe to your Saturdays and Sundays. Keep the balance between formal and casual going with a classic sweater and a great pair of leather sneakers.


Ask your Stylist about working the stretch chino into your rotation.  

Ready to step up your chino style? Take your style quiz, order a Fix and ask your expert stylist for a new pair of stretch chinos in classic khaki or a fall hue. You can relax and try on everything in the comfort of your home. Keep what you like and send back the rest. Remember, shipping, returns and exchanges are always free. 

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