The return of the chinos








Wearing jeans all the time is easy but for my own selection of trousers to stay interesting I have fallen for chinos.
They have made appearances on the catwalks and are filtering back steadily into fashion magazines and the streets. Chinos are made of durable cotton twill that is woven in several weights and can be finished with a smooth, mercerized or soft, brushed surface. Originally used for summer uniforms by the US Army they have been rejuvenated and revitalized at long last by Stefano Pilati at Yves Saint Laurent, Chloé and the more affordable 3.1 Phillip Lim, Acne Jeans and Top Shop. Neutral colored and lightweight, I love them because of their timeless appeal and cool elegant touch. I like mine wide, a little bit slouchy and with pockets. But they’re available with pleats or no pleats, narrow or wide, tailored or more slouchy, cropped or long. Gone are the days of the classic preppy chinos!
I recently bought a pair of Stella McCartney chinos which I will photograph and post tomorrow. Acne has created their own amazing version and TopShop of course also has a model available.

Photos: Lisaplace.devote.se , Yves Saint Laurent , Stockholm street style

13 comments:

riz said...

I love all the styles you've featured here!! i esp. love baggy chinos with black heels...and Phillip Lim continues to please me as a designer.

July Stars said...

Riz: Thank you! I agree with you, I tend to wear my chinos with super high heels but also occasionally with a pair of old white Repetto dance shoes. Phillip Lim is genius!

Sharon said...

Hi there! The 'new chino' this time round is a seriously stylish look! I haven't got a pair yet-I think it's about finding the right pair in the right cut. Would you like to trade links? I love your blog!

Material girl said...

rrrrrr... tu parles de chinos, et c'est mon obsession du moment!! j'en veux un bon vieux des familles, le tradi.. et bien roulotté avec ddes talons!! Où ça à Paris???

July Stars said...

sharon: yes, you're right! once you find the right pair you're ready to rock n' roll!!!

material girl: je peux te dire ou le trouver a Londres mais a Paris ... T'as essaye chez Acne? Palais Royal je crois. Sinon il va falloir que tu explores TopShop ou viens faire un tour a Londres!

karla said...

absolutely in love with chinos. I currently on the hunt for some black ones.

Luxe. said...

I love love love them! I have a bright red pair I found in a charity shop!

July Stars said...

Karla: I saw a pair of super cute black ones in TopShop recently. Maybe check online?

luxe: I want to see your red ones! Do one of your little genius shoots ...

Naomi said...

love your blog! agree about the chinos!

July Stars said...

naomi: thank you, that's so sweet!!!

emma said...

i've been seeing these around lately, thinking about getting a pair

July Stars said...

Emma: Acne does a really cool pair!

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