What is happening to me!? No sooner have I turned 30 than my to-do list includes the line "Buy some chinos".
I kid ye not. I actually scribbled that down on a piece of paper. This weekend I went and did it - bought some chinos. Why? Business trips!
Consider this photo of me at LotusSphere in 2003. Compared to Yann and Steven I look like a scruff-bag. Jeans and t-shirt untucked just doesn't wash in business-land.
Now, I can do two forms of dress - very smart or very casual. What I've never been able to do is business casual or (especially) "sports casual", whatever that means. There are times when I have to go places and I know a suit is too much but jeans won't do. This is where chinos come in. I have a couple of business trips coming up and now have a suitable wardrobe. I hope.
Needless to say Karen is none too happy with the whole thing. She says she's doesn't feel ready for a boyfriend who wears chinos. She insisted she came shopping with me and we found some without turnups or too many pleats. We've agreed I never wear them in her presence.
Personally I think they look ok. All I need now is to dress the top half. How though? What's business/sports casual? Do I just need a few polo shirts? Should they be tucked in to my trousers (pants to you Americans) and should I get a belt too? This transition from boy-band member lookalike to man of semi-classy business attire is not an easy one.