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Saying chinos are in, is like saying trousers are all the rage for men at the moment. Chinos are always 'in' and they are always a great staple in any man's wardrobe. They are the more casual summer cousin to the suit trouser, a garment that can come in a multitude of different colours and be worn with shirts or t-shirts alike but still look smarter than jeans.
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A traditional pair of chinos would have been made of cotton twill and have evolved from military uniform, they tended to be made in quite muted colours. With the advent of chinos as a fashion item though they now come in many different colours. Cycling round London red chinos seems to be very much the rage but I have also seen colours as varied as yellow, green, even purple.
They can be worn with not only a varity of clothes, but also shoes. In this photo Zac Efron dons a pair of tanned chinos, giving them a more grungy look by pairing them with DMs.
Note though that because of the cut and style of chinos they still maintain an element of smart regardless of what footwear you put them with. In this photo above both Ashton Kutcher and Zac Efron are wearing converse for a more weekend look with Ashton going for a wide leg verses Zac's skinny. David Beckham has also gone with a slim fit putting his with tanned hiking boots and a silver dog chain for that footballer chic.
The real classic chino look though is demonstrated perfectly by Jude Law. A slate grey pair of chinos worn with a dark cashmere cardigan and grey pashmina. Subtle tones are always a winner, effortlessly chic!
When it comes to styling, for me, understatement is gospel. Dressing up to the nines is special; dressing down to a pair of comfy joggers is essential - every so often anyway, but most of the time I enjoy life at the happy medium.
Pulling off the smart but relaxed, sophisticated but cool look. To me, Jude Law (birth name David Jude Heyworth Law - there's a free bit of quiz trivia for you!) is the epitome of this concept, and whenever and wherever pictured, he carries it off to an absolute tee.
He's my style icon. Act one, scene one - Alfie, 2004. The remake of the 1966 Michael Caine classic about a single British cheeky-chappy residing in Manhattan, making just enough to fund his womanizing, hedonistic lifestyle - until he takes a few blows. From the get go, self-proclaimed 'fashion addict' Alfie proudly presents to us his wardrobe full of sale designer gear, and throughout the film, wears it with that key notion of understatement. Dressing up whilst dressing down. This inspired me, with the swagger and ease that he pulled this off undeniable. Off screen, Law maintains this same brand in the dressing department, always looking the cool guy in every location, whoever his company.
The suit and scarf, the jacket and jeans; Jude does these and does these well. He's a trendsetter. They say that nine-tenths of the Law is possession (excuse the pun!), but it's how you use these possessions that really counts!
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