As we wait patiently for the proper summer weather to arrive – we’re talking balmy evenings and warm afternoons, scorching hot pavements and glorious sunshine all day long – the Spring Summer 2012 wardrobes that we’d all had prepared haven’t seen the light of day yet. At this time of year, especially with such changeable weather, you need a wardrobe of great staples that can still look fashionable and keep you protected from the elements.
Mens chinos have been a firm favourite in the menswear world for a long time, but have gained in popularity recently thanks to their appearance on the catwalks and across the blogosphere. Here at Littlewoods HQ, we love this versatile garment, especially with this season’s reinvention of the chino in a blaze of gorgeous colours.
Colour-popping clothes are a must-have for Spring Summer 2012, even for the chaps, but there’s ways to wear this trend in a subtle and stylish way. Our collection of blue-hued chinos can be worn with a dark navy blazer or simple white tshirt for a clean yet fashionable look. Depending on how bright you like your look, the Goodsouls Mens Cinch Back Chino Trousers in bold airforce blue are a good choice, or go for something subtler with the Hilfiger Denim Sasha Mens Tapered Chinos in a teal shade or the Ted Baker Mens Classic Fit Chinos in a washed out sea-green.
An alternative to these is to choose a pair of chinos with a red tone: these are a fantastic wardrobe staple for colour clashing but also work effectively with neutrals like grey, camel and white. Team the Selected Three Paris Mens Chinos with a pale grey shirt and dove grey suede loafers for a cool but professional work look, or wear the French Connection Mens Chinos in rusty orange with a colourful printed tee.
However, if you prefer the classic beige chino style, then we recommend the Criminal Damage Roland Mens Chinos in a stone colour. These chinos work well with formal and casual wear, and are a guaranteed fashion staple: but that doesn’t mean they can’t be stylish. Update the classic chino with a t-shirt with an on-trend print. We love the Bench Mens Printed T-shirt with a graphic style print, and the Ted Baker Mens Graphic T-shirt with a vintage-styled French nautical print, both of which are perfect for summer.
Chinos are a summer staple, but that doesn’t mean they have to be boring – make sure you check out the rest of our menswear trends here on Littlewoods!