Preppy, elegant, casual… One pair of chino trousers can take you through so many looks and occasions! To update your silhouette without turning your wardrobe upside down, you just need to find the right pair of classic trousers and vary looks with your tops and accessories! Easy breezy, trust us. Just follow our tips, and with a good staple that is the chino, you will never experience bad fashion days again!
The right shopping: Slim fit, cropped, sober and polished, 98% cotton with just a bit of elastane for fit and comfort, we adore these classic chino trousers from Jack Wills. The navy colour is rich and not too dark, to go with your outfits for all seasons. What’s more, we have a link for great discounts and offers on Jack Wills, to shop this piece and the others we’ll show you here. Here you go: https://www.groupon.co.uk/discount-codes/shops/jackwills.com .
The chino lends itself to the casual game quite easily. After all, it was originally created for outdoor purposes (as a military outfit). To rock a casual look with your chinos you needn’t look very far: pop on a t-shirt and tadaa. Just be careful to balance volumes. With a slim fit like the one above you can go rather loose, but make sure to half-tuck in the front. If you were to pick a larger fit, prefer a more fitted tee. Add a plaited belt and a pair of flats – trainers, ballet pumps, sandals – and you’re ready for those not-warm-enough-for-shorts-yet days.
The preppy look comes from Ivy League and prestigious American university silhouettes. Nothing easier than reinventing it with your dear chino! Start by rolling up your navy chino around your ankles. Wear it with a tucked-in fitted shirt, nicely buttoned, or a V-neck jumper if it’s chilly. Don’t forget a sleek leather belt, derbies or loafers – perhaps the preppy flats signature – and finish the look with a short blazer. Limit jewellery and keep it discreet. There’s a perfect look that works for the office too!
Yes, the chino can do “feminine”. Easily too! Pick an elegant top, fitted or fluid. Aim for a pared down look with quality materials like silk, an embellished silhouette with embroideries or a sexy air with leopard prints or a lace and silk cami. Wear a crop, fitted jacket, a thin leather belt, and of course don’t forget a sleek handbag. The accessory to make a difference? Some stiletto or block heels, more or less high according to your “abilities”, height and taste. If warm enough go for minimalist sandals – instant style!
Tired of pencil skirts at work? Plain chinos completely function for the office! Wear with a shirt or simple blouse, and you can get away with most styles (do check the office dress code!): Silk, prints, solid cotton with a straight cut… Tuck the top in, pair a nice belt and some discreet jewellery. Shoe-wise? A pair of pumps, some derbies or patent loafers all agree with office environments.
That solid cotton chino looks a bit serious on its own? Thankfully you can pimp it with very little. Simply wear a brightly coloured or printed top such as a blouse or cardigan. With a chino that’s neutral but not too dark, like the one we picked, you can go full colour block! Opt for example for a solid yellow or red top, some assorted shoes – or of another primary colour – and a statement tote bag. There’s a look that’ll turn heads and put a smile on your face!