Understated, underrated and, whisper it, even more versatile than jeans, here are three looks that prove skinny 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, 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 a revamped sweatshirt, 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sleeves is special enough for a night on the tiles, while smart double monk-strap shoes mean you won’t fall foul of any outdated ‘no trainers’ dress codes.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