Poor chinos. In terms of style, they have a habit聽of falling a little short of the mark, often presenting an overly preppy, super square aesthetic that just doesn鈥檛 jive with modern聽ladies. The major problem lies in the cut and sometimes even the color (aka that weird nude-khaki fusion), but mostly in our tendency to keep the rest of our look just as snoozy. Obviously, unflattering silhouettes and hues won鈥檛 do you any favors, but if you have a fairly decent pair kickin鈥 around in your closet聽鈥 鈥檆ause those totally *do* exist 鈥斅爕ou might want to go ahead and bust them out 鈥 they鈥檙e about to get a major makeover.

How to Wear Chinos for the Office


Chinos are as simple as they come, so it鈥檚 okay to be adventurous with the rest of your look. Instead of pairing them with a classic button-down top, opt for a structured, origami-inspired blouse. Then add on a few funky accessories, like cheetah-print steppers, a color blocked bag and layered choker necklace, to turn the style factor up a notch. Complete the look with a herringbone jacket for just the right amount of sophistication.

J.Crew Sunday Slim Chino ($60) + River Island Herringbone Blazer ($160), COS Drape Detail A-Line Top ($125),聽ASOS Say Hello Heels ($81), Aldo Zaoria Necklace ($12), Matt & Nat Keely Bag ($168), Clinique Pop Lip Color in Melon Pop ($18)

How to Wear Chinos for a Night Out


The office isn鈥檛 the only place you can make these basic bottoms shine 鈥 they can totally kick it on a night out too.聽Start with a sassy sleeveless top and eye-catching jacket聽that will balance out the chinos鈥 serious side. Round out the getup with super sleek add-ons like a high-shine clutch and a colorful metal choker.聽Roll up the cuffs to ankle height and then slap on a pair of bold and bright pumps to really make the look feel ready to party.

J.Crew Sunday Slim Chino ($60) + Etre Cecile Toute La Nuit Printed Cotton Tank ($59), Mango Cotton Coat ($120),聽Faith Callaways Berry Patent Heeled Pumps ($70), Gemma Redux Rigid Choker ($300), Clare V. Margot Foldover Clutch ($235), Nars Duo Eyeshadow in Rated R ($35)

How to Wear Chinos on the Weekend


Off-duty, it鈥檚 all about striking the right balance of cool and cozy. Choose elevated basics like a soft textured sweat and quicksilver sneakers to drive those chinos into #OOTD-worthy territory. A long-line jacket is perfect for adding an extra layer of warmth without bulking up, while shearling and faux fur accents lend the ensemble a contemporary cold-weather-ready feel.

J.Crew Sunday Slim Chino ($60) +聽Mango Waterfall Long Jacket ($130), Topshop Soft Knit Textured Sweatshirt ($68), Charlotte Simone Sass Cap ($76), Nike Air Max Thea Prm ($115), Zoya Nail Polish in Giovanna ($9), Kelsi Dagger Canteen Crossbody ($128),聽Jeepers Peepers Mirror Round Sunglasses ($33)

What pieces in your closet deserve more attention, but stump your style game? Tell us about your trickiest wear-again garments in the comments below and we might feature them in our next Style Resolutions post!