THE HISTORY OF CHINOS

GREATNESS IN THE ORDINARY

KHAKIS HAVE A DEFINITE PLACE AND HISTORY, BUT THEY ALSO POSSESS AN UNUSUAL APPAREL TRANSCENDENCE, AN ABILITY TO BE WITHOUT MEANING. KHAKIS ARE A PEACEFUL CORE OF COMFORT IN DRESS.
-RICHARD MARTIN

With military roots dating back to the 1800's, khakis originated with Henry Lumsden, a British Lieutenant who traded in his red felt uniform for something cooler and more comfortable during his and his troops' time in India. Using a plant dye called Mazari, they dyed their cotton pants to help blend in with landscapes. Although often synonymous with chinos, khaki is technically defined as a color, derivative of a Hindi word called 'dust'.

Khaki-colored trousers called 'chinos' came into being in 1898 during the Spanish American war and were used as part of the official US Army uniform during both World Wars in the early 20th century. When soldiers returned to civilian life after WWII, chinos increased in popularity on college campuses and city life. President John F. Kennedy popularized them presenting a classic all-American leisurely look outside the Oval Office. Unisex in style, chinos quickly made their way on to Hollywood sets and into the off-screen wardrobes of John Wayne, James Dean, Greta Garbo and Katharine Hepburn.

Due to their breathability, comfort, durability and effortless style, chinos continue in popularity today. Dress them up with a button-up shirt or pair with a simple tee for a more casual weekend look. At Save Khaki United, we offer chinos in a wide range of fits, colors and seasonal fabric weights. Whether a straight leg, full or a jean style fit, explore our Fit Guide to find the style that suits you best.








 

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