Endlessly versatile, casual yet elegant, hardwearing and laid-back - it's easy to make the case for chinos. That's why, this spring, we're looking forward to reaching for them again. Their great appeal has always been that they can be, and are, worn with everything from T-shirts to tweed jackets, which is how we justify updating them on an annual basis. Click through the gallery above to see how to wear them this season - easy and relaxed are the watchwords here - and to read about the history that's taken them from colonial military uniform to preppy classic via Hollywood and 1950s-era hipsters.
Words by Mr Peter Henderson