when we hear the word "chinos" it reminds us of the 80s when the preppy look became really really hot and a pair of khaki trousers was a staple in every college kids' closet (including us hehe). according to wikipedia:
Chino cloth is a kind of twill fabric, usually made primarily from cotton. Originally used in British and French military uniforms in the mid-1800s, today it is also used to make civilian clothing. Chino pants gained popularity in the U.S. in the 1900s after military men returning from the Philippines after the Spanish-American War brought back their cotton military trousers. These pants were originally made in China. "Chino" is the Spanish term for Chinese, and most of the people who wear chino cloth, especially in the Philippines, are peasants (Camisa de chino); hence the fabric and these pants picked up the name. The first chinos sold in the U.S. were U.S. Army military-issue pants, and in order to save fabric during WWII-era constraints, they had no pleats and were tapered at the bottom of the leg. Though they are sometimes confused with khakis, as they are usually khaki in color, chinos are of typically dressier style similar to that of suit trousers and as such can be considered a smart casual form of dress.
yesterday, banana republic launched its "live in chino" collection for spring and summer. the pieces are simple, classic, and easy to mix with whatever you already have in your closet. and perfect to add to your outfit if you want to give it a military or safari or preppy spin. take a look:
banana republic also has some non-khaki pieces, which will be available by second week of april: