For ages, Dockers was that brand that made the kind of “comfort fit” chinos your dad would wear with a pair of deck shoes and some white socks. No longer. This season, the classic American brand has introduced a new shape; the Alpha.
Sat low on the waist, cut slim down the thigh and tapered at the base, these bright chinos are made from thick cotton — closer to denim than soft chino fabric — and finished with heavy stitching and thick seams, making them ideal for outdoorsy days.
In reality though, you’ll probably wear them to the office with a button-down white shirt and a knitted jacket, which will work just as well. (£85, Dockers)
Yes: Play things down, like Tony Bennett, whose electric blue trousers compliment his pale blazer.
No: Bieber fever’s hit Justin bad. Only the truly delirious would team red slacks with leopard-print shoes and a tux jacket