With summer just around the corner, it's time to stash away our long pants and jeans until autumn and bring out our shorts again. But let's be real, styling shorts can be a challenge. Bermuda shorts and cargo shorts, in particular, often end up looking like cringeable dad looks. That's why it's crucial to choose the right kind of shorts – minimalist, timeless, and smart. And no other shorts fit these criteria better than chino shorts. But what's the difference between chino shorts vs. cargo shorts? Here at SANVT, we've got you covered and we'll show you how to rock a stylish look even in shorts!
The differences between chino shorts vs. cargo shorts at a glance:
- Design: Cargo shorts feature side pockets, visible seams, and sometimes Velcro closures. Chino shorts have a more minimalist design with subtly hidden pockets and no frills.
- Fit: Cargo shorts are knee-length and loosely cut, usually sitting low on the hips. Chino shorts are predominantly slim-fit and end sit elegantly above the knee, usually on the middle hip.
- Fabric: Cargo shorts are mostly made of sturdy cotton fabric, or ripstop nylon, polyester, or linen. Chino shorts are made of a fine twill fabric – usually pure cotton, or blended with technical fibres for added stretch.
We've got good news and bad news for you. The bad news is that your cargo pants have been out of style since the 2000s. The good news is that we have a timeless alternative for you: chino shorts! Just like chinos are the smartest choice for long pants, it was only a matter of time before they conquered the world of shorts. But before we show you how to perfectly combine chino shorts, let's first understand the differences between chino shorts vs. cargo shorts.
Interested in the history of shorts? Learn more about it here.
Chino Shorts vs. Cargo Shorts: Design
One of the most obvious differences between chino shorts vs. cargo shorts is, of course, the design. Cargo shorts are usually loaded with unnecessary side pockets, visible seams, and sometimes even Velcro closures. Honestly, who needs all that? Chino shorts, on the other hand, have a much more minimalist design with subtly hidden pockets and no frills whatsoever. While cargo shorts mostly come in earthy tones, chino shorts are available in elegant colours like black, beige, grey, or navy. This means your old cargo shorts might still work for hiking or the occasional barbecue, while you can rock chino shorts for both casual and more formal occasions.
Discover here what else makes chino shorts so special.
Chino Shorts vs. Cargo Shorts: Fit
In addition to the design, the two types of shorts also differ in their cut and fit. Cargo shorts are knee-length and loosely cut, often creating a disproportionate leg. They usually sit low on the hips (watch out for your plumber's smile) and the multiple side pockets often result in wrinkles. Chino shorts, on the other hand, are predominantly slim-fit and end elegantly above the knee. They sit on the mid-waist and always look freshly ironed due to their narrow cut and pocketless design.
Read more about the perfect fit for chino shorts here.
Chino Shorts vs. Cargo Shorts: Fabric
Just as cargos differ from chinos in their choice of fabric, cargo shorts differ from chino shorts as well. Cargo shorts are mostly made of sturdy and simple cotton fabric, or in rarer cases, ripstop nylon, polyester, or linen. The material of cargo shorts looks functional and strong, and – if well combined – may still be worn fashionably as a cool and modern utility look. On the other hand, chino shorts are made of a fine twill fabric – usually pure cotton, but sometimes blended with technical fibres for added stretch. The twill weave structure gives the cotton fabric a matte-glossy, satin-like surface that looks high-quality and elegant. Therefore, chino shorts, just like long chinos, can be combined for versatile occasions and styles.
The Chino Shorts by SANVT
As you see, we're totally obsessed with chinos in all their glorious variations! That's why we've crafted the smart shorts as top-notch essentials for your everyday summer adventures. These chino shorts are the ultimate fusion of functionality, minimalist design, comfort, and sustainability. We've nailed the perfect blend of organic cotton (97%) and elastane (3%), giving you natural moisture regulation and flexibility like no other. But there's more! We've added a smartphone pocket on the front and two extra secure back pockets to amp up the practicality game.
Our chino shorts are ethically produced and handmade with love in Portugal. The micro-fine weave pattern and the medium-weight satin fabric actually keep you cool when the summer heat is on. And the elastic waistband ensures a perfect fit that hugs not just your hips but your legs too.
Now, let's talk style. Our smart shorts come in a variety of shades, from timeless beige and navy to sleek black, sophisticated grey, and trendy khaki. Pair them with a crisp white polo shirt and white sneakers for a classic look that screams "effortless style", or if you’re feeling more casual, go for an oversized t-shirt, some Chucks or Vans, and a cool cap to complete that laid-back vibe. Let's be clear: it's time to ditch those out-dated cargo shorts and embrace the timeless elegance of chino shorts. Trust us, you'll never want to take them off!
Check out our Style Guide to discover how to slay the shorts game all summer long.