When it comes to menswear essentials, there are few garments that can work as hard as chinos. First worn by American troops during the 1898 Spanish-American War, the military-born staple rivals the timelessness and functionality of a plain white t-shirt or your favourite blue jeans.
How to style your chinos every day of the week
Monday: Pair with an Oxford Shirt
Hit the work week running by pairing your chinos alongside a crisp button-down shirt with vertical stripes – the latter of which conveys a tailored, menswear message.
Looking to dress it down a notch? Wearing your Oxford open over a white crew neck tee will do the trick.
Pants: YORK CHINOS | Shirt: RICH REG SHIRT | T-shirt: DENHAM SLIM TEE | Shoes: DENHAM x Tricker's
Tuesday: Pair with a classic white shirt
The shade that is inevitably linked to warm weather is also inevitably linked to looking good – which is exactly why white shirts are always an easy win.
For a low-key weekday meal in the city, pair this poplin version with your chinos and white sneakers.
Pants: RIDGE CHINO | Shirt: ROB REG SHIRT
Wednesday: Pair with a polo shirt
Whether you are in the office, working from home, or running errands across town, chinos paired with a subtly sporty polo shirt is your easiest midweek style ally.
Pants: RAZOR CHINO | Polo: REGENT POLO | Shoes: DENHAM x Tricker's
Thursday: Pair with a suede jacket
Smarter than your virgin denim but not as stuffy as a blazer, a soft suede jacket is the unlikely hero of your weekday wardrobe.
Striking that all-purpose sweet spot, this look takes you anywhere from a client meeting to the cinema.
Pants: RIDGE CHINO | T-shirt: REGAL TEE | Jacket: NORTON JACKET
Friday: Pair with a biker jacket
This classic leather biker jacket finds its perfect supporting act in a simple white tee and smart-casual chinos.
Celebrate the start of the weekend by wearing this look from the office to anywhere the night takes you.
Pants: RAZOR CHINO | T-shirt: WRIGHT TEE | Jacket: BIKER JACKET | Shoes: DENHAM x Tricker's
Saturday: Pair with a sweater vest
Saturdays are for sports – and collegiate-inspired sweater vests. Needing to move from a casual to a smart-casual dress code in the evening?
Simply drop the cap and switch out the tee for a button-down shirt.
Pants: YORK CHINO | Vest: LAWRENCE VEST | T-Shirt: WRIGHT TEE
Sunday: Pair with a worker shirt
Ironically, a worker shirt lends itself nicely to weekends, too. In a casual brushed cotton fabric which layers particularly well with a crew neck sweatshirt.
Wear this look for lazy days that move from the couch to lunch with friends and back again.
Pants: RAZOR CHINO | Polo: REGENT POLO | Shirt: DURHAM OVERSHIRT | Shoes: DENHAM x Tricker's