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BorderStyle: Chino Pants to Buy (and Ones to Avoid)

by Borderstan.com — October 28, 2011 at 10:00 am 1,112 0

Chinos, Khelan Bhatia, Borderstan

Click for the spread: Frumpy Chinos by khelan on polyvore.com

From Khelan Bhatia. You can follow Khelan on Twitter@KhelanB or email him at [email protected]

Happy (almost) Halloween, Borderstanis! Since fall is by far my favorite season, it’s only fitting that All Hallow’s Eve is the bestest holiday ever IMO.

I mean, what’s not to love? The fabulous costumes, the decadent parties, the candy corn (okay, maybe not so much), the scary movies, etc., etc.

Recently though, as I was walking through my neighborhood, I saw something much scarier than the most recent Paranormal Activity sequel:

Frumpy Chinos by khelan on polyvore.com

Upper right: WTF?! How the hell are these acceptable in this day and age? Had my favorite holiday snuck up on me? That has to be the only acceptable reason. Right? On the off chance that this wasn’t an early costume or *gasp*a cruel trick (and some clueless fashion victim had decided to wear this of his own accord), it may be time for an intervention.

And rather than spending the bandwidth on an extend diatribe, I’m going to let visuals make my point. However, I must point out that the problem here is that these are baggy pants. All too often men make the assumption that if they have a few extra pounds to spare that somehow baggy pants will help hide it. Not so! In fact, I think the effect is exactly the opposite.

Same thing goes for “men of a certain age” (as my editor likes to put it). Just because you have added a few years, does not mean you have to start wearing baggy, ill-fitting pants. They only make you look older!

Chinos, Khelan Bhatia, Borderstan

Click for the spread: Ted Baker Chinos by khelan on polyvore.com

Ted Baker Chinos by khelan on polyvore.com

At left: These may be the best fitting chinos I’ve ever bought. Sure, they’re a tad on the pricey side (around $150) but they’re worth every penny.

Chinos, Khelan Bhatia, Borderstan

Click for the spread: Ted Baker Chinos by khelan on polyvore.com

Ted Baker Chinos by khelan on polyvore.com

At right: I love the slightly tapered leg and the subtle detail on the cuff. And they’re as appropriate on casual Fridays in the office as they are at your favorite watering hole on 14th Street.

That’s it for me this week, kids. Have an awesome Halloween!

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