When the occasion calls for something more dressed up than jeans but less formal than trousers, then chinos are the answer. Super versatile, easy-to-wear and with that kick of laidback luxe, they really are a man’s best friend. Here, we show you how to style chino trousers three different ways.


Pleats, please

A pleat front chino suddenly looks modern when it’s styled down with a tee or an on-trend stripe polo. Chinos look better if they're on the shorter side: there’s nothing worse than layers of excess fabric at the ankle. So get yours altered or roll them up to show a flash of bare ankle or cool sock. No crazy patterns please!

Keep it casual

Switch up your weekend uniform of jeans and a jumper by teaming a preppy-looking cable V-neck with some slim fit chinos. This dusky pastel palette keeps the look modern, while a sliver of white tee at the hem and neck keeps it looking sharp. Don’t get fixated on keeping everything neat and tidy: looking slightly ‘thrown together’ is far sexier. Striped socks and trainers finish off this smart casual chino look.

Look the business

If you need to get dressed up but don’t want to look too formal, then a pair of well-cut chinos are the answer. Paired with a bright and breezy floral shirt and a cotton canvas blazer, this look will take you from family occasion to a big birthday party with no problems. A chinos-and-shirt option is also great for work: keep the look business-friendly with a crisp white linen shirt and a pair of tan brogues.

Take your pick!

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