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Understated, underrated and, whisper it, even more versatile than jeans, here are three ways to style chinos for every occasion


Smarten up your chinos with a blazer or suit jacket

Suits are no longer the no-brainer wardrobe choice for the office. Instead, discover the new rules of hybrid workwear and embrace a pair of chinos. They closely resemble suit trousers, which makes them a reliable workwear choice, but are more casual and therefore feel so much more modern. Wear your chinos with a blazer or suit jacket in a contrasting colour to mimic a suit minus the stiffness, a cotton or linen shirt worn unbuttoned at the neck and layer a pure-cotton knit when it’s a bit chilly. Our last bit of advice: leave your tie at home.

Want more outfit ideas? Read our guide on how to wear a blazer.

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Upgrade your weekend wardrobe with chinos

While we can all agree joggers are super comfortable, their slouchy appearance makes them a compromise in the style stakes if worn 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, meeting friends for coffee or running errands – your trousers will move with you. Wear your chinos with a relaxed short-sleeved shirt and box-fresh white trainers to carry on the easy-to-wear vibe. Roll up the chinos to show a bit of ankle once the warmer weather arrives.

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Going out in your chinos

Strike the right note on a big night out and wear your chinos with a shirt or a luxurious Supima cotton T-shirt. Skinny and slim-fit chinos in darker shades help elongate the body – team with a top from the same colour palette and you’ve got a sleek head-to-toe look. Style your chinos with a polo shirt for an on-trend preppy feel that’s special enough for a night on the tiles, pair with smart suede loafers so you won’t fall foul of any outdated ‘no trainers’ dress codes.

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Words: Sarah Lafarge