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Endlessly versatile, casual yet elegant, hardwearing and laid-back - it's difficult to make a case against chinos, the exception being winter for those of us living in less temperate climes. But the good news is that spring is fast approaching, meaning we can once again reach for our chinos, making outfit building a whole lot easier: they go with shirts, blazers, T-shirts, cardigans, polo shirts, sweaters, boat shoes, loafers... the list goes on and on. Click through the gallery, above, to read the story behind these cotton-twill trousers and to see a selection of men who wore them well.

Words by Mr Peter Henderson, Senior Fashion & Social Media Writer,
MR PORTER