They’re an essential in any man’s wardrobe and here are some of the most surefire ways to look the part while wearing them.
White’s always right
Your reliable white T-shirt partners perfectly with most things in your wardrobe, and chinos are no exception — especially when a pair of sleek white trainers complete this failsafe casual outfit. A white Oxford shirt is a slightly smarter option, complemented nicely by a soft navy blazer plus brown brogues or loafers showcased by a rolled cuff.
Nautical-inspired navy and white stripes works well the neutral foundation the chinos build, reinforcing the breezy summer vibe of the lighter trouser material and providing a deep shade of blue to contrast with the washed-out pant colour. Roll up the cuff and flash some ankle with espadrilles or simple canvas trainers.
A powdery blue top — either as a T-shirt or a unbuttoned shirt tossed over your trusty white tee — also gives you that flattering contrast between the warm khaki and the cool blue. This isn’t a flashy outfit but it’s a clean combo that can be thrown together with zero effort — plus, the pale colours allow you to go a little bolder with your footwear, letting something like a tasseled loafer or colourful driving shoe enjoy the spotlight.
Rusty reds and earthy browns give your khaki chinos a rich winter-autumn vibe — think of a burgundy and white gingham shirt with desert boots on casual Friday, for instance. Brown leather provides a smarter touch for the office or you can also employ trainers with a touch of red to echo your top.
Dust off some denim
Not only does the blue contrast with the colour of the chinos, the soft rumpled denim contrasts with the trousers’ texture, too. Denim jackets and chambray shirts are always reliable partners of khaki pants, allowing you to wear denim up top without committing to a Canadian tuxedo.