Chinos are a natural choice for summer. Lighter than most trousers and smarter than shorts, they’ve earned their place as a seasonal staple. But, like all classics, it’s important to bring the look into 2016 with some fresh new styling. Here are three alternative takes on the timeless cut.
Three ways to wear chinos
By Kasia Hastings, 22 July 2016
The clean Scandi aesthetic is nothing new, but here its minimal vibe is given a refresh with some nice skater details. Wide legs, cargo pockets and a drawstring waist mean this pair of khaki cropped trews are a much more interesting riff on your standard chinos. Team with a grey-marl tee, hemmed white denim jacket and black Converse One Star kicks to complete the look.
If you’re after more traditional chinos, try this cream tapered pair from Levi’s Line 8 collection. A slimmer cut in a soft twill fabric, they’re a familiar style that still feels modern. As jeans aren't part of the equation, work in a healthy serving of denim elsewhere with a mid-wash overhead jacket, and add a pair of nylon Nike Classic Cortez and thick white socks for a sporty flavour.
Join this season’s 50s fanfare in some straight-leg Dickies and a bowling shirt. If you want to work in some print but still keep things relatively smart, a cool and uncomplicated workwear style like this camel pair means there's plenty of room for panache elsewhere. Add a crisp white tee underneath and some simple white Stan Smiths to polish the look off nicely.