I’ve been contemplating for some months now the idea of pink chinos. I remember the moment I started down this train of thought.
I spotted an older gentleman in an airport departure lounge. Navy blazer. White shirt. Pink chinos. Effortless cool. Ever since then I’ve been thinking it over and wondering whether I could take the plunge.
I am no stranger to colour. Moreover, just at the moment coloured chinos are very much on trend. In my ‘In Between’ Trouser collection I have trousers in burgundy, plum, white and green, along with the more common khaki, navy and grey. However, pink is beyond my experience.
Pink is a complex colour in a masculine colour palette. First, it is viewed by many as a girlie colour. Second, perhaps because of that perception there are certain types of garments that are OK in pink but definitely not others. So a pink shirt may be OK but a pink suit is not. You might be prepared to wear a pink tie, perhaps, but are you open to pink pants?
Which brings us to pink chinos. They have a certain je ne sais quoi about them and require a certain self–confidence in the man wearing them. But I think they are properly cool.
Combined with a grey, taupe or navy blazer I reckon they are very much the domain of the discerning gentleman. Especially during spring summer when the days are lighter they are worth a punt.
There are at least three basic shades of pink chinos. The most common is a classic deep salmon pink. Less common is a dark pink. It’s advantage is that it is pretty conservative. It’s more of a pale burgundy than pink. Perhaps least common is a pastel pink. Think Barbie and you won’t be too far off. However, this I think is possibly the most striking.
I’ve been evaluating a fab looking pair in pastel pink from Debenhams. (They look better in the fabric than they do in the Debenham’s pics). They have a great fit and come with a flexi-waist. Essentially there is some concealed elastic in the waist which means they are comfortable. I’ll let you know how I get on.
So what do you think? Would you wear pink chinos?
Try Debenhams, M&S, or Matalan for pink chinos