Up until about two weeks ago, in the eyes of the fashionable, these archetypal casual trousers practically served as the universal symbol for middle-aged mom and dad-dom. But now look what’s happened! The unthinkable chino is not just thinkable – it’s suddenly summers must-have wardrobe staple.
The chino revival has begun this spring-summer, in all the best places, where the cut is exquisite and the taste impeccable: at Fendi and Ermenegildo Zegna in Milan, at Hermès in Paris. The sight of all these re-cooled chinos whooshes one back to the ’90s when all things were new, the look was fresh, and Helmut Lang and Jil Sander were giving us minimalist permission to go about in a practical but not unsexy unisex uniform. Let’s not forget the high street this season, Celio has created this SS21, a collection that reinvents the iconic preppy look from the 1990s for today’s streets. The result is a collection that showcases the retro preppy heritage, think sporty chino trousers! Now, all you need is a white T-shirt and a pair of loafers, converse or dare we say sandal to get through summer.