This spring sees the return of a number of controversial fashion items. As if the comeback of kitten heels isn't enough for many of us to get our heads around, the key trouser that has been tipped to take over from jeans is a "dad" favourite. You guessed it: It's khaki chinos. Khaki trousers might have frumpy connotations, but they have been given a makeover for S/S 17, and according to the likes of Vogue and Moda Operandi, they are about to replace your skinny jeans as your everyday staple. A bold claim, yes, but given they were featured in many of the major S/S 17 runway shows—and influentials models like Binx Walton and Karlie Kloss have been wearing them as their off-duty uniforms already—it doesn't seem so farfetched.
Scroll below to see how to wear chinos the 2017 way, and if you want to test the look out for yourself, shop some of our favourites.
1. Opt for a tracksuit style.
Style Notes: Model Selena Forrest wore a comfy tracksuit-style pair of chinos during fashion week with a drawstring waistband. She proves that these look great when paired with bright graphic prints.
2. Have fun with pockets.
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Style Notes:Vogue's Virginia Smith wore a pair of chinos that looked especially modern, thanks to the statement layered pockets and wide hem.
3. Embrace the preppy look.
Style Notes: At Rag & Bone, classic chinos were paired with a white cricket jumper, playing up the preppy connotations. Tuck the jumper half into the waistband, as styled on the runway, to ensure this looks modern and flattering.
4. Look for sporty stripes.
Style Notes: For an update on classic chinos, opt for a cropped pair with sporty stripes down the trouser leg.
5. For a statement, opt for an extremely wide leg.
Style Notes: If you're looking to make a statement, make like Karlie Kloss after the Marc Jacobs show and opt for a wide-leg silhouette with slits at the side and fun detailing, such as her white tassels.
6. Keep them cropped for an elegant styling.
Style Notes: For a more elegant, conservative look, opt for a high-waisted pair like at Hermès. The key to this look is looking for a cut cropped to the ankle.
7. Roll up the hems of classic baggy styles.
Style Notes: During fashion month, model Binx Walton lived in her chinos, and she favours the classic baggy style. We recommend rolling up the hems and pairing with trainers like Binx so this looks more skater than "dad."