Chinos. They’re a standard part of your wardrobe, but do you really know how long they should be? If they’re puddling over your shoes or creeping up toward your shins, you could be way off. Here’s how to find the just-right length – and make sure they work with every shoe you own.

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Step 1: Find the Right Chino Length
As a general rule, your chinos should be about a half-inch off the ground when you’re barefoot. Once you slip on oxfords or loafers, the hem should graze the top of your shoe – without a break or fold. And a sure sign your chinos are too short? Your socks peek out when you walk. Use that knowledge as a try-on test when picking out a new pair.

Step 2: Make That Length Work with Every Shoe
The above chino length is great for the office. But if you’re wearing flip-flops? Reinforce the casual vibe by giving that hem a couple rolls to show some ankle. Prefer short boots or chukkas? Keep rolling. The hem should end at least a half-inch below the tops of your boots.

Round out your chino collection. Our Short Sleeves & Chinos: The Summer-Friday Uniform Boutique opens Saturday, May 3, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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May 3, 2014

Easy and breathable, it’s a safe bet you’ll be living in lightweight cotton button-fronts this spring and summer. But resorting to the same solid shirts over and over again can get boring. So, if you’ve got a closet full of solids – or if you’re just looking to shake things up a bit – here are the three patterns to work into the rotation.

3 Patterns Guys Need This Spring

1. Geometric: Consider this your baby step into the world of patterns. Your best bet is to seek out a small, repeating print like dots, hexagons, or interlocking circles. The goal is a print that blends from far away. Just add chinos and loafers and you’re set for the office – or drinks at the country club.

2. Floral: Men’s florals are big right now. To ease into the look, try a print with a subtle white background. Wear it under a sport coat with jeans to keep it tame. Or go bolder and style it unbuttoned with a white tee and shorts – like a more sophisticated alternative to the Hawaiian shirt.
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May 1, 2014

If chocolate-covered bacon taught us anything, it’s that unexpected combos can really hit it out of the park. So, this month, pull two items from your closet that you’d never dare wear together – your precisely tailored blazer and your worn-in graphic tee – then, dare. And watch as everyone else follows suit.

Here’s how to do it right.

How to Pair a Blazer with a Graphic Tee

On top: Pick a tee with a solid base color and strong graphic. (Leave it untucked.) Then add a blazer in black, navy, or grey.

On bottom: Your best bet? Denim. Go for a fail-safe dark-blue wash or wear black narrow-leg jeans for a bit of rock ‘n’ roll edge.

On your feet: Play it cool in trendy sneakers. And if you want to up the level of polish, finish the look with leather or suede chukkas.

Want to shop the look? Our Graphic Tees & Blazers: Wear Them Together Boutique opens Tuesday, April 1 at 11AM ET.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor

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April 1, 2014