Chinos are the undisputed champions of legwear elegance. Amid the countless chino variations, different fits and designs allow you to discover the perfect match for your physique and personal taste. Currently stealing the spotlight are oversized chinos. That is why at SANVT, alongside our impeccable smart chino and heavyweight chino, we have now created the latest version of our bestseller pants: the relaxed chino. In this article, we’ll discern the differences – and similarities – between these two trousers and compare smart chinos vs. relaxed chinos in this fashion showdown.
Chinos bridge the style gap between laid-back denim and sophisticated suit trousers. They offer an incomparable versatility and therefore effortlessly transition from formal to informal occasions, embodying the very essence of "business casual." Classic chinos typically feature a slim fit – a timeless and smart cut with a narrow, straight leg. But if classic chinos feel a tad too formal to you, or you're yearning for a more casual alternative without immediately resorting to jeans or sweatpants, then our new relaxed chino might be just what you’re looking for. Let’s explore the significant and subtle distinctions between the two trousers, helping you choose the right fit based on style, occasion, and physique.
The Smart Chino
Let's kick things off with our iconic and absolute bestseller: the smart chino. Crafted from premium stretch cotton weighing in at 290 g/m², its slim-fit silhouette exudes timeless elegance. The flat front sans pleats, along with high-quality metal ends on the drawstrings, adds a touch of luxury. But this classic cut is not just about aesthetics. It's got some "inner values" too – quite literally – thanks to its functional inner pockets. A front smartphone pocket and two concealed back pockets offer elegant storage solutions for the office, travel, or leisure. Available in seven hues, including Navy, Olive Green, Ivory, Beige, Grey, Black, and Khaki, you can pick your chino according to your wardrobe's colour palette, ensuring an essential that never goes out of style.
If you want the lowdown on how a classic chino should fit, learn more here.
The Relaxed Chino
On the other hand, the relaxed chino is for the fashion avant-gardists among us. If you crave more than just classic elegance and fancy making a subtle fashion statement, this oversized model with colour-coordinated drawstring ends will give your looks a modern twist with edge and sophisticated style. Following the mantra of "work hard, play hard", the relaxed chino is perfect for laid-back start-up office vibes, after-work drinks, and leisurely looks. With a relaxed fit featuring a wider leg than our smart chino, it guarantees a flattering silhouette for every physique and body type. Two pleats and a flexible waist provide not just more mobility around the hips and thighs but also infuse the garment with a cool vintage character, with a contemporary twist. Ideal for those who prioritize style without sacrificing maximum comfort.
And for a deep dive into styling pleated trousers, check out our style guide.
Smart Chinos vs. Relaxed Chinos
To better comprehend the differences (and similarities) between the smart and relaxed chinos, let's put both timeless essentials head-to-head. Here's a rundown of the key features:
Smart Chinos vs. Relaxed Chinos: Conclusion
Evidently, our smart chino and relaxed chino differ only in cut, and therefore in style and dress code, while maintaining identical premium quality, sustainability credentials, and fair production methods. Both chinos are timeless, innovatively-designed, and guaranteed to serve as the ideal foundation and essential for smart outfits for years to come. The best about SANVT's chinos is the ability to customize the perfect fit – whether it's the smart chino, relaxed chino, or heavyweight chino, you can choose the width and length for a nearly bespoke feel.
Discover our latest essential, the relaxed chino, in our style guide and become a minimalist and timeless trendsetter.