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The 2012 Alternative to Jeans

Part of Shoe Smitten’s new Styling Tips Segment

The humble pair of denims has served us well over the years as the one item of clothing we could not do without at the weekends. Whether you wear them with that battered old hoodie you’ve had since you were at Uni or dress them up a bit with your best ‘going out’ shirt and heels, jeans make for the perfect antidote to the suit trousers or work uniform you’ve been stuck in from Monday to Friday.

However, this summer has seen the arrival of chinos onto the weekend clothing scene. That’s right chinos, once the preserve of slightly stuffy middle-aged dads, but now a wardrobe essential for any fashion-conscious guy or gal who is looking for some comfy yet trendy strides to step out in at the weekend.

One of the most obvious selling points of cuffed chinos is that they are unbelievably comfy. Made from soft, brushed cotton, the latest loose-fit designs are ideal for all weekend endeavours from enjoying a few afternoon drinks with pals in a beer garden to the dreaded but essential trip to the supermarket to do the weekly shop.

Here are just a few ideas on how to dress them up and down:
For a slightly smarter look – going out on a Saturday night for example – men can add an indigo denim shirt and some good leather boots for instant style points.  Ladies, slip on a sequin tank, dangling earrings and platform pumps or embellished flats to dress up your chinos!

Heading to a festival? Cuffed chinos are ideal for tucking into your festival wellies. Add your favorite t-shirt, this year’s festival trilby of choice, a waterproof jacket of some description and you are good to go. As an added bonus, remember if you fall over in the mud – chinos are super easy to wash and dry!

Prefer to keep things simple? Then just add your favorite t-shirt, a baseball cap and some hi-top trainers for the perfect Saturday afternoon look.

And finally, don’t be afraid to experiment with a bit of color. Though the standard khaki chinos look great on everyone, lots of retailers are stocking cuffed chinos in a whole range of colours. Go for something a bit different with red or green or navy if those colors suit you, and mix and match with plain white and black t-shirts if you don’t want to go too OTT on color.

image from Magenta Styling Studio

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