|Top: £19.99, H&M. Bag: H&M (sold out). Trousers: £68, Madewell (but you can buy similar in Whistles) Sandals: £16, Asos. Photograph: Christoper O'Donnell|
I bought these Madewell chinos in LA and I thought they'd be a great alternative to jeans for those days when I need to be well dressed but relaxed. The more structured style feels more modern than a classic chino, and it turns out, this cropped wide leg trouser is actually ideal for heels too - it shoes off just the right amount of skin for a sexy heel, or (if you're me) a lace-up flat.
Now, you can buy from Madewell online from the UK but sadly you have to pay customs - but if you were going for them they're pretty true to size (I'm wearing a size 27), but I did see a fab frayed pair from Urban Outfitters when I was instore last week (I got the denim version) - I've also linked to a few more local items below...
And I can't finish without mentioning the top or shoes, can I? Total High Street heroes: the top was an impulse buy from H&M and I love it, hoping it will be a good holiday top with denim shorts. And the espadrilles were my go-to in LA - really comfortable and worked with pretty much everything. The bag was also a H&M gem but sold out a while back, like all the best finds!
3 of the best...
1. 'Raynor' chinos: £98, J Crew (they have loads of wide leg cropped trouser styles, definitely worth a look)
2. Boyfriend chinos: £29.70, Banana Republic (these were actually on my list until I bought the Madewell ones)
3. Camel denim culottes: £20, Topshop