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How Tan Chinos Became the Coolest Thing in Your Closet

How Tan Chinos Became the Coolest Thing in Your Closet

Justin Bieber in chino pants and tie dye hoodie

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The answer: Justin Bieber, Jaden Smith, and plenty of splattered paint.

In this no-rules era of American style, some of our most trusted wardrobe staples have been moved to rebel. Dress shirts are boxy and big now, unless they’re fashioned out of silk, and topcoats are plaid or teal or finished with fringe. Tan chinos, one of the most reliable items in the menswear canon, have also broken free. Like that guy in your office who never says anything and then gets real loose at the company holiday party, these pants have done a complete 180. Justin Bieber and Jaden Smith, two men who wouldn’t touch “normal” with ten-foot pole, are even wearing them around.

Even if you don’t take things quite as far as Bieber, who wore paint-splattered pants with a tie-dye hoodie for a day of errand running, or Smith, who wore a pair (fine, technically jeans) made out of recycled fabric scraps, then added a checkered fanny pack, doesn’t mean you can’t or shouldn’t embrace this moment of chino drunkenness. It’s fun! And since when have tan pants been fun?

Instead of piling on more crazy, you could let the pants do all the talking. Some paint-splattered or patched-up chinos and a solid color hoodie or an army surplus thermal is a very chill combination. Or forgo the decoration entirely and just focus on a pair with a slightly cooler fit. Right now, that means baggy instead of skinny, like a pair of work pants. That move alone will take your style from 2009 to 2019. Slouchy pants also feel incredibly good to wear, which is the whole point of getting dressed right now. Do what feels good instead of what seems right—you know, live a little.

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Article written by Megan Gustashaw #GQ

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