Why Chinos are my new Denim

Chinos are my new Denim this Spring

fashion stylist and blogger sara delaney wearing j.crew chinos

Denim has been bossing the outfit scene for some time, but this upcoming season keep your eyes peeled for chinos which are making a sneaky play for micro trend this Spring. This preppy alternative to your everyday outfit arsenal has a lot to be said for, and I for one am calling it, chinos are my new denim this season.chinos

I’m always a fan of a boyfriend chino with its relaxed vibe, but there are plenty of different styles and cuts to choose from. For this shoot, I wore these J.Crew chinos and paired them with a Marks & Spencer shirt with mahoosive sleeves, Gucci flats (similar gold slides here) and also a J.Crew satin ribbon tied as a belt. The gorgeous bumble bee straw basket is by Rae Feather.

fashion stylist and blogger sara delaney wearing j.crew chinos

The reason I have a yen for a chino come the summer months is that they not only remind me of East Coast summers when we were living in New York and you were guaranteed long hot lazy days by the beach with the kids all summer; but also their low-rise easy cut allows all sorts of body shape issues to be neatly tucked away inside them.

fashion stylist and blogger sara delaney wearing j.crew chinos

I also love their ‘wear with anything’ versatility. You can work them for anything from a preppy vibe with the addition of a Breton top for the office, right through to an evening out pant with a little pimping up on the edges (think rolled hems and heels, and you’re halfway to a great casual cocktail look).

fashion stylist and blogger sara delaney wearing j.crew chinos

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Chinos – where to snap yours up this spring.

Although we mostly see chinos as that classic cotton twill in a khaki… see below…

chino |ˈtʃiːnəʊ|

noun (pl.chinos) [ mass noun ] a cotton twill fabric, typically khaki-coloured.

• (chinos) casual cotton trousers made from chino or a similar fabric. she wore crumpled chinos and a football shirt.


1940s: from Latin American Spanish, literally ‘toasted’ (referring to the typical colour).

They have also diversified more recently, and most brands are now offering more interesting colour ways and cuts, so there’s definitely something here to suit everyone. If you thought chinos were the mainstays of preppy brands like J.Crew or denim experts like Current Elliott, then think again this season, as big names like Saint Laurent, Miu Miu and Isabel Marant are also getting in on the action.

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