Tired of wearing dark denim – or even light wash jeans – in the summer months? Still liking the idea of stylish trousers in favor of wearing shorts off-duty all the time?
You’re looking, in that case, for a pair of stylish chinos like the Flint and Tinder Cool Chinos, the very definition of the perfect pair of summer pants.
Now, that’s a lot of praise, but we think they can more than live up to your sky-high expectations.
It’s the blend of quality and versatility that makes these olive chinos a prime addition to our ever-growing list of Effortless Gent Style Staples. This is the sort of gear that you can mix and match with ease in just about any style situation (like these olive chinos with a blue chambray shirt — but more on that later).
There’s plenty of reasons to pick up the Flint and Tinder Cool Chinos while we’re still in the throes of summer, rest assured. Why do you need them now? Read on, my friends.
Exactly Why You Need the Flint and Tinder Cool Chinos
The Cool Chinos are the ultimate replacement for your dark blue or black denim. They provide every bit of polish and versatility without the discomfort of getting around in the heat wearing heavy denim.
Because – as much as we love a good pair of jeans – your legs need a break every now and again.
The Cool Chinos live up to their name right from the get-go with their high-twist cotton yarn construction, geared to provide breathability and also durability. The value you get from a classic pair of chinos is nearly unmatched — they’re wearable on the weekend and during the work week in equal measure.
These olive chinos offer a way to shake up your summer style without missing a beat. They can be worn to the office and on the weekend, and every guy needs at least one pair of pants like that in his Lean Wardrobe.
What’s more, it’s worth it to invest a little more in a pair of chinos made with quality fabric and versatility in mind. Spending a shade under $100 is a step up from a bargain bin pair of chinos, one that pays off in spades.
Plus, they’re more unique than a standard pair of chinos. The Flint and Tinder Cool Chinos strike the right balance between modern and classic, thanks to an olive color that’s every bit as wearable as your favorite inky blue denim (with none of the added weight, to boot).
What Makes the Flint and Tinder Cool Chinos Unique
These olive chinos feature a sleeker fit than classic men’s chinos and an upgraded fit compared to the pleated chinos you wore back in the day (and perhaps have been guilty of wearing more recently than that — we’ve all been in that boat!).
They toe the line between modern and laidback with a slim fit that doesn’t stray into “rock star-skinny” territory.
This is crucial to keeping them in our Style Staple category; we’re all about items that you can wear in more than one way, and the Flint and Tinder Cool Chinos fit the bill.
We already mentioned the use of high-twist yarn, which lends them a more breezy feel than other chinos in your wardrobe (typically made of heavier cotton twill, in some cases).
These chinos are also a crucial pickup given the unique shade of olive — granted, there are other olive chinos on the market, but none with the detail that this Flint and Tinder pair bring to the table.
Slash pockets reinforce the chino design, making it easy to slide a slim leather wallet in your pocket without throwing off the silhouette of your entire ensemble.
They’re also made in America, a relative rarity among chinos these days — especially chinos that’ll set you back less than $100.
That USA-made quality is evident when you dig into these F&T chinos, with details like a custom shotgun shell button and durable zip fly. This is a no-fuss, no-frills pair of chinos, to be sure, and one that delivers the goods at that.
The list of positives runs on and on. So while the olive color remains a strong frontrunner, we wouldn’t be against picking up multiple pairs of the Cool Chinos in additional colors.
Without a doubt, the Flint and Tinder Cool Chinos are a worthy Effortless Gent Style Staple. Maybe you’ve even got a pair waiting for you in your shopping cart.
All of that being said, let’s not put the cart before the horse — here’s exactly how you can style these slim olive chinos to get the most out of them.
How to Style Your Olive Chinos from Flint and Tinder
Olive chinos can be an extremely versatile part of your wardrobe. That’s because olive is a menswear neutral – one of the basic colors you can use to create a Lean Wardrobe.
- Go classic and casual: Wear the Flint and Tinder Cool Chinos with a timeless chambray shirt — just add suede chukkas, and perhaps a deep indigo denim jacket. Wear that ensemble darn near anywhere you want (but especially to a weekend lunch date).
- Take things up a notch: Mash up your favorite navy cotton blazer with a white Oxford shirt and brown leather loafers for a sleek, office-ready look.
- Dial it down: The same chinos you favor for the office and can also be worn easily on your off-the-clock time — the Flint and Tinder Cool Chinos work quite well with a rugged short-sleeve henley and white canvas high-top sneakers.
- Team them up for travel: Take a merino T-shirt, add some broken-in leather Chelsea boots, then grab your weekender bag. That’s easy, functional travel style for a long day on the road.
If at first you were skeptical of these olive chinos, we hope we changed your mind. They could just become the most versatile pair of trousers in your closet. You only need to try ‘em out for yourself to find out why.