Let’s face it, chinos are pretty boring and usually consigned to the ranks of off duty corporate types (male), worn with ‘boat shoes’ and some awful generic polo shirt. A uniform of sorts, but not an inspired one if you ask me. Now chinos on a girl can look a little bit, dare i say it… butch. So, in my opinion, you’ve just got to team them with something pretty. For me, high heels are pretty much a no go area (not that they’d go with chinos anyway), but platform sandals kind of work. I have to confess that I didn’t make this up (ahem, I’m not called Thief for nothing) – I first saw this look at a friend’s wedding (thank you, Eleanor Taylor). The something else pretty is beads. Oh, and take care to show your ankles and to keep the top half cropped / not too bulky. Tada! (Denim jacket from Burberry, beads from Mistral, chinos from Gap, sandals from M&S.)
This was the sunset that night – and the photo hasn’t been enhanced in any way. Beautiful, huh?