What makes a great chino? A perfect slim fit, ultra-soft fabric and a few colors to give you some options. So when we launched our Authentic Chino earlier this year, it was no surprise that it became an instant best-seller. With a slim design (our Aiden fit) and garment-dyed fabric that gives it a smooth texture and vintage look, you can dress it up, dress it down and wear it your way. We wanted to see just how versatile this pant could be, so we gave three Banana team members a pair and let them loose with styling. Read on to see how these three guys took our new staple chino and made it their own.

RAY
Director of Digital Creative

BR: What does your day-to-day at work look like?

Ray: A combination of meetings, concepting and time with my team! Some days are more weighted on one versus the others.

How would you describe your style?

Simple and easy. Because I’m constantly on the move, I need to wear things I find comfortable, and I feel like I’m more creative when I don’t have to think about or notice what I’m wearing.

Which chino are you wearing?

The Aiden Slim Authentic Chino in Surplus Olive Green.

Tell us about your outfit. Is there a backstory to any of your pieces?

A good friend of mine created the shirt and jacket. He’s Nigerian, and all the pieces are hand-dyed and created from the artisans there through a process called Adire dyeing. I liked that the chino and my top layers both utilized a form of garment dyeing.

Why did you put this outfit together the way you did? 

Because I typically wear jeans every day, when I wear a chino I like to feel a little more put together. With that said, each piece is still super wearable and comfortable. My jacket is unstructured and unlined, so it’s lightweight but warm. I love layers since the temperature changes in the office throughout the day and in different rooms. Layering color on color is very modern to me, and the little bit of print creates some visual interest. The olive chino is a great neutral to balance it out so it’s not so matchy.

How did you style the chinos your own way (cuffing, etc.)?

I like to roll up my pants to give a visual distance from my shoes. It might sound a little strange, but I get really caught up with the width of the leg opening of my pants. I’ll typically alter the width and length.

How else could you imagine yourself wearing these chinos? 

For a more casual look, I’d throw on a pair of white slip-on sneakers and hoodie.

Shop Ray’s look: Aiden Slim Authentic Chino, similar jacket here, similar shirt here.

RODNEY
Marketing Coordinator 

BR: What does your day-to-day at work look like?

Rodney: My day-to-day at work can vary. As a marketing coordinator, I work cross-functionally with other teams to make sure projects and events are exceptional and executed on time. I have weekly meetings I go to for upcoming store promos and I have reoccurring projects and assignments that I work on. I’m basically a jack-of-all-trades and am expanding my role to different areas within BR Marketing. I couldn’t take on this role without the help and support of my team.

How would you describe your style?

In three Es: effortless, essential and elemental. Basics are an important staple in my wardrobe. I like to layer and then mix and match different textures and colors. I often take classic looks and styles and put a unique twist on them to make it more personal. I like to hone in on specific elements and aspects of my outfit and then style my look to bring out the best in them.

Which chino are you wearing?

I’m wearing the Aiden Slim Authentic Chino in Classic Navy Blue. Slim guy, slim fit.

Tell us about your outfit. Is there a backstory to any of your pieces?

In today’s outfit, I decided to use the chinos as a neutral base to a more statement shirt, which is very personal to me. My dad and I went to visit family in Mexico a year ago, and he bought me this shirt because he had a similar one when he was around my age. I love the sentimentality behind it. I love how it expresses my culture with the vibrant pops of color in the embroidery details. And I love how much it reminds me of my dad.

Why did you put this outfit together the way you did? 

I felt that this outfit was effortless and refreshing, especially as the weather warms up for spring. The chinos are comfortable and classic, and they really help my shirt stand out. I’d find myself wearing this outfit to the office and then to dinner with friends afterwards. By combining modern wear with an older cultural piece, I was able to put my own personal touch on a simple look.

How did you style the chinos your own way?

I cuffed them, as I do with all my pants. It’s something that is so natural to me now. Plus, I love how I can draw attention to my shoes with such a simple technique.

How else could you imagine yourself wearing these chinos? 

I’ve already pictured myself wearing these chinos in different ways. On a casual day, I’d wear them cuffed at the ankle (a must) with a tucked-in white t-shirt and a pair of sneakers. If I wanted to dress up my look a little, I’d wear a turtleneck sweater layered with a long-sleeve button-up, and tie it all together with boots or dark oxfords. I love the versatility and practicality of these chinos.

Did you notice anything about the feel?

So comfortable! And the fit is perfect. It’s hard for me to find slim pants that fit in all the right places. These will definitely be an important piece in my wardrobe.

Shop Rodney’s look: Aiden Slim Authentic Chino, similar shirt here, similar shoe here.

JOVAN
Web Designer

BR: What does your day-to-day at work look like?

Jovan: I come in around 9AM (aka 9:30AM). I settle in with my fellow designers–sharing funny videos, posts or articles from the day before or the commute to work. Then I’ll get to work: I design for basically 3 1/2 hours and think about lunch the entire time. Eat lunch. Rinse and repeat for the second half of the day, but sub lunch for evening plans.

How would you describe your style?

Casual, sporty. I’m kind of a sneakerhead. Aspiring to broaden that a bit though.

Which chino are you wearing?

Aiden Slim Authentic Chino in Golden Khaki.

Tell us about your outfit. Is there a backstory to any of your pieces?

Wearing one of my favorite short-sleeve shirts because the weather is finally allowing it–takes a while in San Francisco. The chinos are just comfortable and easy to wear, and I threw on some white sneakers to top it off because they go with anything.

Why did you put this outfit together the way you did?

The weather played a role for sure. It’s finally getting nicer out so I can show some skin. Short sleeves and cuffed chinos to let my ankles breathe! Plus lightweight sneakers–it just makes sense.

How did you style the chinos your own way?

I like to cuff them in a certain way. It’s this folding technique–you fold the bottom over before you roll them up. It works so that you can create a tapered ankle look when you roll them up. For me, my pants get a little looser up the leg, so if I were to roll them up normally, they would look almost bootcut. This technique might be a given for more stylish people, but I just found out about it a few years ago. Now it’s my go-to folding move.

How else could you imagine yourself wearing these chinos?

I’d pair with a tee and a blazer, perhaps uncuffed. Actually, definitely uncuffed if it was chillier outside, which is inevitable in SF.

Did you notice anything about the feel?

These chinos are super soft, both on the inside and the outside. They feel good to wear. On top of that, they have the right amount of stretch–there’s enough give to do just about anything, but not to the point where it doesn’t feel like a nice men’s pant. You could say they have enough stretch without sacrificing the feel or look.

Shop Jovan’s look: Aiden Slim Authentic Chino, similar shirt here, similar shoe here.

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