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5 Reasons Why Chinos Are Your New Closet Staple

By: Elly Ayres

If your spring look calls for a much-deserved refresh, we're right there with you. Whether you're looking to update your weekend uniform or revamp your workwear style, the chino is the unexpected style hero you're searching for. In partnership with Gap, we're turning to this effortlessly cool silhouette for basically everything — and we've got five reasons for you to do the same.

From the chino's ability to easily polish up a look to its tendency to look good with pretty much anything, this closet staple's versatility makes it your next favorite spring essential. No matter what your vibe is this season, here are five reasons to make the chino completely your own.

1. Chinos Help Make Pink Your New Neutral

Nereyda wears Gap's High Rise Wide-Leg Crop Chinos in light pink and the Icon Denim Jacket in dark wash.

Pink is making a serious comeback this year, and while bold tones of the playful hue can make a statement, subtler shades are shockingly versatile. We're not retiring our whites and creams, but embracing pink as a neutral opens so many style doors. With these chinos' cropped hemline and high-waisted fit, they're the perfect polished-but-not-stuffy vehicle for testing out the trend. Whether you get creative with monochrome matching or simply pair these with your favorite vintage tee, this is a shade you'll be reaching for again and again.

2. Chinos Pair Well With *Everything*

Eva wears Gap's High Rise Wide-Leg Crop Chinos in khaki and the Nylon Bomber Jacket in surplus.

Chinos look great with every last thing in your closet, and that's not an exaggeration. Even for a weekend of errand running, you can look effortlessly put-together by topping off wide-leg khaki chinos with a comfy striped tee, green bomber jacket, and classic sneakers. Go from the farmers market right into lunch with friends without missing a beat.

3. They Perfectly Balance Luxe & Low-Key

Nereyda wears Gap's High Rise Wide-Leg Crop Chinos in white.

A bright white chino makes the perfect canvas for any kind of look, whether you're dressing up or keeping things casual. Soft hues of cozy cream and yellow are elevated but laid-back, particularly when half-tucked into the high-waisted chinos. Versatile enough for a busy workday or even dinner with friends, complete the look with off-white mules for that final touch.

4. Chinos Wear Color Beautifully

Eva wears Gap's High Rise Wide-Leg Crop Chinos in mint green, Icon Denim Jacket in light indigo, and Saddle Bag in pale pink.

This season is all about welcoming color back into our lives — the world is waking up, and our wardrobes are doing the same. Ease into the transition with mint green chinos that wear the color beautifully. Turn the look up even more with a pale pink saddle bag and a classic denim jacket to tie everything together.

5. You Can Easily Dress Them Up

Nereyda wears Gap's High Rise Wide-Leg Crop Chinos in true black.

While chinos are an effortlessly cool way to do daywear, they also easily transition for a night out. Highlight their high-waisted fit with a gold-buckled belt, and emphasize the wide-leg crop with a form-fitting bodysuit that adds a little contrast. Accessorize with block-heel sandals and a bag with bold hardware, and you're out the door!

This post is sponsored by Gap.

Photos: Eric White; Art Direction: Julie Vaccaro; Hair: Aki Yamaguchi; Makeup: Brett Jackson; Stylist/Branded Fashion Lead: Jenna Wexler; Branded Fashion Editor/Stylist Assistant: Elly Ayres