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    Difference between wool trousers and chinos?

    I just grabbed a couple pairs of these, and I'm just wondering if anyone can tell me what exactly defines these as a chino and not just a trouser or dress slack? Thanks!

    http://m.shop.nordstrom.com/s/john-w...=keywordsearch

    #2
    Chino cloth is a twill woven from cotton or a cotton blend. Chinos took their name from the cloth they were made from so IMO that listing is a misnomer.

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      #3
      The classic definition of chinos is pants made with cotton twill chino fabric. Looking at a close up of the fabric, it also appears to be a twill weave (you can tell by the diagonal lines).

      The term wool chinos is non-standard. I suspect it's either a mistake or supposed to be "wool twill," which is common in trousers. Wool twill is more durable, if less formal, than plain cloth.

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        #4
        Those are as much chinos as these are chukkas: http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/timberla...resultback=342

        Words evolve and get contorted. And sometimes copywriters and marketing just don't know what they are talking about.

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          #5
          Originally posted by connersw View Post
          Those are as much chinos as these are chukkas: http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/timberla...resultback=342

          Words evolve and get contorted. And sometimes copywriters and marketing just don't know what they are talking about.
          Yeah, my favorite is the use of the term "oxford" to mean all non-boot, non-sandal, non-sneaker shoes.

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