January 26, 2013

Favorite Finds: Uniqlo Slim Fit Chino

As I’m sure even the most casual Shy Stylist reader knows, I am a huge proponent of colored chinos. Not only are they a great way to introduce some color into your wardrobe, they are also a nice starter piece to build a new wardrobe around. When buying pants, for most people, you'll want to look for a slim legline because it provides a more flattering and updated silhouette. A modern fit for a modern man, if you will.

I have reviewed colored chinos twice before (here and here) with two differing results, but Uniqlo (with their ever practical product names) has an incredible piece with their Slim Fit Chino Flat Front Pants.

The Slim Fit Chino Pants fit pretty close to size (the vanity sizing is 1.5” – 2”) so the 34 fit me great. There is not a lot of give in the waist, so it is good that Uniqlo offers odd sizing to be able to get the perfect fit. The leg is slim without being skinny and I think these pants would be equally appropriate with a business or casual look. They feature slanted front pockets, buttoned welt back pockets, and a zipper fly.

As with all of their casual pants, these chinos are only available in a 34” inseam. For me this isn’t a problem, since I like to wear a cuff on my chinos. The nice thing about Uniqlo though is that, in store, they will hem the pants for free (if they are over $20). This makes an incredible deal even better.

These particular chinos are 99% cotton and 1% spandex. Spandex is becoming a more common thing in casual pants, with 1% – 3% being standard. Don’t be afraid of spandex though, it gives you a little bit of stretch to help the pants last longer and help them fall a little better.

Though pretty basic in the detailing, these pants do offer an extended button tab closure on both the interior and exterior. This not only give them a more polished look but also helps keep the waistband from taking too much stress. The waistband and pockets also feature a nice tonal striping on the inside. Nothing fancy, just a nice touch.

Uniqlo is known for making great basic pieces at affordable prices and these chinos are no different. $39.90 is less than half of what it would cost to find comparable chinos elsewhere and the color selection doesn’t disappoint.

Currently available in nine colors, they are machine washable. There is an accompanying hang tag that warns of potential color bleed because of the dye technique, so it might be a good idea to wash them separately (and on cold) the first time. Personally, I have had several pairs of pants with similar instructions, and have never had a problem but it is still better to be safe than sorry.

Like all of Uniqlo’s pieces, there is nothing particularly remarkable about these pants but they have everything that I have come to expect from Uniqlo. They are simple, affordable, available in a variety of colors, and fit incredibly well. Just like every other Uniqlo piece I have ever tried on, I highly recommend these Slim Fit Chinos as a new wardrobe staple.

Stay stylish,
- JJ


  1. I'm sold. Love the pants. I heard Uniqlo items are of very good quality for the price.

    1. They are definitely a really good source for reasonably priced basics that fit great and hold up well. I know some people have had issues with quality, but all of the pieces that I own have held up really well so far.