Most chinos come in neutral colours – grey, navy, black, khaki, and so on. Bright colours like green, red, and yellow are less popular mostly because they are more difficult to pull off.
Unlike a black pair of chinos that goes well with any shirt or shoe colour, it’s easier to clash your outfit when wearing brightly coloured chinos.
The upside of the brighter colours is that you stand. With proper matching, you can end up with a very stylish outfit.
Brightly coloured chinos are especially great for casual and smart casual occasions such as birthday parties, weddings, and backyard barbeques.
In this quick fashion guide, we recommend the best matches for green chinos. These include the shirt, shoes, coat, and accessories such as a hat or watch.
Read on to learn more on what to wear with green chinos.
Match With Neutral Colours
Green chinos already have plenty of colour. Matching it with a similarly bright coloured shirt will result in a clashing too-loud outfit.
It’s not that you cannot match two bright colours, but it requires a good eye for colour coordination.
It’s much safer to match green chinos with a neutral colour like black, grey, beige and white. These toned down colours perfectly contrast your chinos, allowing them to stand out even more.
The same goes for any coat or blazer you choose. A neutral colour will match your green pants better than a brightly coloured coat.
To avoid appearing too monotonous, choose two different neutral colours for the shirt and coat.
Careful Matching with Bright Colours
If you want an extra-colourful outfit, you can ditch neutral colours and try something brighter. This works best if your chinos are dark green.
One of the best matching colours for green chinos is red or some shade of red. A red shirt complements green chinos without overpowering them. You can also match green chinos and a red coat, with a neutral-coloured shirt underneath to balance out the colours.
Other colours that go well with green chinos include blue, yellow, and pink. The ideal shade for each color will vary depending on the shade of your chinos and how colourful you want your outfit to be.
If you want to play it safer, you can opt for colourful accessories instead such as a red tie. It allows you to add a splash of colour to your outfit without classing with your green chinos.
Add Some Patterns
If you opt to match green chinos with a neutral shirt, we recommend getting one with some patterns. They can be stripes, dots, or checked.
That’s because chinos are typically plain. Wearing a plain pair of pants with a plain shirt can make the outfit a tad too boring.
A patterned shirt spices things up and creates a nice contrast with the plain chinos.
If you prefer plain shirts, you can get a patterned coat or tie instead.
Green on Green
Just because you are wearing green chinos doesn’t mean you can’t wear more green on top. The trick is to vary the shades of green.
Dark green chinos go well with a very light green shirt. If you have bright green chinos, get a dark green shirt or coat.
Shoes and Accessories
Similar to the shirt, the safest shoes for green chinos are neutral-coloured shoes. They can be white, black, grey, or brown.
But feel free to use shoes as an opportunity to add a bright colour to your outfit. Red, yellow, and blue shoes go well with green chinos.
As for the types of shoes, the best ones are loafers, moccasins, or boat shoes for casual occasions. For a semi-formal or smart casual event, try Oxfords, Derbys, or a pair of low profile boots.
Finally, the accessories.
You can use accessories such as a tie or suspenders to add colour and patterns to your outfit (if you are wearing a neutral or plain shirt), or to tone down a brightly coloured or patterned shirt.
Complete your outfit with a pair of stylish sunglasses (if you’ll be spending time outside), and a nice leather or metal wrist watch.