How to Style Chinos

Written by: Rebecca Shires | February 7, 2017.

Chinos have quickly become a staple in modern menswear and it’s no surprise, considering their versatile material that can suit any weather, and the huge variety of colours and styles in which they’re available. A step in formality above jeans, chinos can be worn both casually or in a more formal setting given you complement them with the right shirt and footwear.

Here, we have put together a guide on how to style chinos…


The smart-casual nature of chinos makes them very adaptable to almost any style. Our first point of call is the casual everyday style. Navy chinos are desirable here, as they’re not overly smart nor are they under dressed. Combine some slim navy chinos with a simple white t shirt along with a pullover to add a casual but stylish layered look. Keep the shoes casual, going with some trainers, canvas shoes or even some casual brown oxford shoes.


Shop the look: Lyle & Scott Chino Trousers | Calvin Klein Reissue T-Shirt | Converse Chuck Taylor II Ox Trainers | Diesel J Miles Jacket

If you want to go a step further, you can add a colour coordinated wallet and socks to match aspects of your outfits – navy socks to match the chinos and a brown wallet to match your shoes. It might not seem like much, but it’s subtle changes like these that take your style to the next level.

Smart Casual

A smarter style for chinos, a great option for business or business casual wear would consist of a jumper and shirt combined with black chinos. A more preppy look, this combination is really flexible, passing as both casual, smart-casual and with the right footwear, business wear. A tie is optional, but if you really want to dress on the higher end of formal then it’s desirable.


Shop the look: Barbour Pima Knit Jumper | Hugo Boss Orange Schino Regular 1D Chinos | Ralph Lauren Core Oxford Shirt | Hugo Boss Gren Tienzo Leather Belt

Accompany this outfit with a wallet to accentuate the colour scheme and you’re sure to impress at that job interview, without having to deal with all the discomfort of a suit and trousers!


For a smarter use of the same trousers, go for some charcoal grey slim fit chinos. With a tapered leg, the fit of these trousers lends themselves to more formal fashion. Combined with a smarter end top such as a black roll neck sweater, this combination will create a very dapper outfit for almost any occasion. Be sure to wear some smart black shoes to match the top, and if you really want to go above and beyond, then throw a blazer over the top.


Shop the look: Sweeney London Tuckley Shoes | G Star Raw Bronson Slim Chinos | Pretty Green Harley Roll Neck Jumper | Hugo Boss Black Jackson Watch

The icing on this contemporary cake, be sure to add a sleek black watch to complement the dark colour scheme of this stylish getup and add further flair to an already elegant look. Smart, suave and sophisticated – what more do you need?

Above are just a few suggestions encompassing all formalities of fashion utilising the men’s chino. It’s important to remember that chinos are the most flexible type of trousers available and given the right accompanying clothing items, they can suit any sort of style. Experiment yourself and dress to the occasion, but first and foremost be sure to wear what makes you comfortable!

Written by Aaron Thompson 



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