Indochino's preppy Chinos aka the La Boca Collection - worth a try?

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Indochino Chinos
The La Boca Collection, custom Indo-Chinos, 99$
Indochino launched a new pants collection today. Actually, not just pants, we are talking (Indo) chinos. This is good news, because it's yet another time that Indochino tests out new territory. The teaser on facebook/twitter yesterday already revealed some of the details on it. Just like last year (see coverage), inside of the pants are colorful and patterned, but this time it's a clear step into casual clothing. The La Boca Chino Collection (named after the trendy Boca neighborhood in Buenos Aires) might be just a first step, who knows, perhaps jeans are next?

I just remembered an article on on Chinos from last summer, let me quote:
"Chinos have experienced somewhat of a renaissance in recent years, emerging from the dark ages of triple pleats and ultra-relaxed cuts into an era of flattering fits and vintage-inspired detailing. Style icons like Paul Newman and Steve McQueen wore them best, with a slim cut and a devil may care attitude. Now you have your chance to channel classic American cool, no matter your budget." - Reed Homan (
What does this mean for your measurements? Chinos, just like jeans, are worn a bit different from dress pants. You wear them lower on the hip and you can wear them slimmer, tapered below the knee. Thus, you may want to review your crotch and thigh measurements to get a closer fit. Also, you may want to show some ankle and reduce the length of your pants. However, be careful and don't adjust too much! I'd personally also go without the crease.

What do you think about the colors? Is green too preppy for you? Justin Bridges from Tucked Style sure can pull it off! My first opinion was to go for the khaki chinos. But actually, why not blue or red for a change?

Indochino Red Chino
Indochino Red Chino contrasting pattern detail
By the way, how do you feel about double-breasted suits? It's a topic of interest, I believe. Of course, I am not talking about those baggy double-breasted suits you might see in old Italian gangster movies, I'm more thinking of the slim cut type that was made popular again last year. I found this image from GQ (screenshot from the iPad edition, copyright GQ). What do you think? I'm asking because I read on Indochino's Facebook wall that they plan on offering double-breasted suits soon, so I'm really curious how they will look like. 

Double-breasted suit, taken from GQ iPad Edition, copyright GQ
Soon on Indochino?