Among the most wearable staples in your wardrobe, chinos are the trousers fashion designers have chosen for this season. In fact, we’ve seen khakis in several s/s 21 runway shows, from Valentino, The Row, and Louis Vuitton to Ganni and Baum und Pferdgarten. But how to wear basic chinos in a contemporary and fashionable way?
By knowing how to style your chinos, you’ll be able to wear them not only for comfortable home-office looks but also to attend a meeting, run errands, and even to a dinner party. Check the styling tricks fashion-savvy women use to elevate the timeless trousers that became popular as the uniform of U.S. and U.K. soldiers during the Second War. You can read more about it here and find out why Chinos are called chinos.
How to elevate your chinos
Although khakis are quite relaxed, you can easily elevate your look. Style your chinos with a silk striped shirt and killer heels. Add gold statement earrings and a scarf for extra chicness.
Stripes + Peter Pan collar
Peter Pan collars are a trend that will still be around this season and the next one too. A fun way to wear chinos is by pairing them with a Breton t-shirt and an oversized collar. Classic sneakers make your outfit cool and comfortable.
Parkas + chinos
Switch winter coats for parkas this spring. Style your chinos with on-trend platform shoes, either sneakers or sandals, that give nowness to the timeless pants.
Playing with volumes
Wear the classic chinos with a romantic shirt with ruffles and puffy sleeves, playing with volumes.
Dress over chinos
As we saw at Copenhagen Fashion Week A/W 2021, one trend that will be here for the long haul is layering dresses over trousers. So, style your chinos as fashion-savvy women do, and wear them under floral dresses this spring.
Chinos and vest
Wear chinos with a vest as a top for a dash of sexiness.
Style your chinos with flip-flops
Elevated thongs are one of the S/S 21 shoe trends, so wear them to update your chinos and a basic t-shirt. A statement bag and luxurious watch and jewellery allow you to walk around in flip-flops looking dressed up.
Wear chinos with slogan t-shirts
Slogan t-shirts will be everywhere this spring. Wear graphic tees with chinos for a cool and modern outfit. But instead of the expected sportswear look with sneakers, go for high-heeled sandals or loafers to add a bourgeois touch. Additionally, oversized khakis give a bit of edge to the classic trousers.
Chinos and on-trend shearling slippers
This spring, elevated slippers will be a must for fashionistas. Wear fluffy shearling slippers with your chinos and pair them with a blazer for an on-point office outfit. In chillier days, you can add a turtle neck and socks that will not only keep your warm but also make your outfit even cooler.
Chinos + asymmetric blazer
If you like DIY, consider adding an extra button on a blazer to achieve an asymmetric silhouette that will update your chinos traditional look.
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