Understated, underrated and, whisper it, even more versatile than jeans, here are three looks that prove skinny non-iron chinos are the trousers to take everywhere
Even if you’re back in the office after WFH, suits are no longer the no-brainer wardrobe choice. Instead, discover the new rules of workwear and embrace slim or skinny chinos. They closely resemble suit trousers, which makes them a reliable workwear choice, but they’re more casual and therefore more modern. Combine with an unstructured blazer in a contrasting colour to mimic a suit minus the stiffness, adding a pure-cotton knit to counterbalance the spring jacket when it’s a bit chilly. A desert boot in leather nods to a classic work shoe but has the flexibility to be worn at the weekend too, while a smart briefcase hammers home the office-appropriate authority.
“A KNITTED tie straddles formal and relaxed effortlessly”
While we can all agree joggers are super comfortable, their slouchy appearance makes them a compromise in the style stakes outside the house. We’ve added a touch of stretch to our cotton chinos, so no matter what you’re up to – walking to the gym, a socially distanced meet-up or running errands – your trousers will move with you. Simple casual pieces such as new-season knitwear, a lightweight-but-warm gilet and box-fresh sparkling white sneakers carry on the easy-to-wear vibe. Roll up the chinos to show a bit of ankle once the warm weather returns.
“Push up your SWEATSHIRT sleeves for an easy, everyday look”
Step into the big wide world of socialising with a look that’ll strike the right note. Skinny and slim chinos help elongate the body – add similarly dark pieces in slender fits and you’ve got a look that’s as slimming as your trousers. A luxe bomber with leather sleeves is special enough for a night on the tiles, while smart double monk-strap shoes mean you won’t fall foul of any outdated ‘no trainers’ dress codes. This time, don’t roll the chinos and stick to matching plain socks – this look’s sophistication comes from its after-dark shades.
“Add flair in a flash with LUSTROUS buttons and buckles that lighten the look”
Editor: Ian Wright / Photographer: Jonty Davies / Hair stylist: Ben Cooke
Make-up artist: Kim Jacob / Model: Jon at Next