Khakis or chinos? Odd trousers or suit trousers? Joggers or sweatpants? So many subtly different types of pants…
3. Men’s Pajama Pants
Pajama pants are similar to drawstring trousers, except in the choice of material.
They’ll use brighter colors, more flamboyant patterns, and fabrics like wool, flannel, and brushed cotton, with napped (fuzzy) surfaces for insulation.
4, 5, 6. Sweatpants, Tracksuit Pants, Joggers
Sweatpants are historically the oldest of these three types of pants. They have a very loose fit with an elastic or drawstring waist and possibly pockets.
Tracksuit pants often use a synthetic material, can have a very tight weave, and also tend to have a loose fit, although some will be tighter. What sets them apart is a stripe of color down the side of the leg.
Joggers are a modern take on sweatpants, with the same elastic or drawstring waist, and often zippered pockets to keep belongings secured. The big difference is in the fit – joggers fit much closer to the legs and give you a streamlined look.
7, 8. Difference Between Khakis And Chinos
Khakis are cotton twill pants that came from British military uniform in 19th-century India – ‘khaki’ is Persian for ‘dust’, from the color.
Chinos are a version of khakis made in China (hence the name) for soldiers in the Philippines during the Spanish-American war.
The easiest way to spot the difference between these two types of pants is not the color – it’s the stitching.
- Stitching and pockets are visible on khakis but hidden on chinos, which makes chinos more formal.
- Chinos are much more lightweight.
- To conserve cloth, chinos were designed with a slimmer cut – this also makes chinos more formal, and khakis more comfortable and versatile (you can do yard work in khakis.)
- Chinos come in a wider range of colors than khakis.
- Chinos have flat fronts; khakis can be flat or pleated.
Both types of pants can be dressed up with a dress shirt and blazer, and are smarter than jeans.
You can wear either to work – classically with a navy blazer (aka the ‘California suit’).