Chinos – the perfect trousers for dressing up or dressing down, don’t you think?

The weather is slowly warming up here in the Algarve. Although, as I write this, it’s very grey and has been pouring with rain today. Two days ago though, I was out in the garden with my shorts on working on getting a little colour on my legs! Apparently there will be a little more rain over the next week or so but the summer is definitely coming and I’m looking forward to it.

Dinner with friends

Last week, when it was a little warmer, we went out for dinner with some clients who are now firm friends (that happens a lot with us!). Michael had renovated their bathrooms earlier this year and they are ecstatic with the result. If you’re interested in seeing the kind of work Michael does, have a look at the post I wrote about our own bathroom. I’m clearly a very proud wife 😀

Michael neglected to tell me my top had gathered up over my bra!

Tasca do Kiko

Anyway, we went to the fabulous Tasca do Kiko, one of our favourite restaurants by the boatyard in Lagos and had a lovely evening. As it turned out, I hadn’t really chosen the right shoes for the evening because we were walking from our friends’ apartment to the restaurant (hubby neglected to mention that before we left). Fortunately, it wasn’t too far. I guess it’s a good job I chose wedges and not stilettos to go with my chinos lol!

Brown chinos

The wind picked up a little and it was a bit chilly so I’m glad I took my trusty leopard print scarf (Primark) and a thin black cardie (from a Chinese shop years ago!). I wore my new brown chinos that I found in C&A a week ago. I’d been shopping for trousers or a skirt (or both!) so was pleased to find this pair which are really comfy and will go with almost everything. I’m sure you’ll see the chinos a fair bit this summer.

Strapless Bras

I love this tee-shirt and think it goes well with the chinos. It’s got such a flattering neckline, one which requires a strapless bra – fortunately I found a really good one from DIM last week. Strapless bras can be such a pain in the proverbial, can’t they? I’ve had a few over the years and none have fitted particularly well. I always find they gape at the top which drives me potty. Samantha at Fake Fabulous wrote a great post about them last week. She was doing a giveaway too, you might want to check it out if it’s still on-going!

The cute boho handbag came from Massimo Dutti, as did the wedges. I’ve had the earrings for decades and can’t even remember where I bought them. Oh and this pretty long necklace was another Primark purchase last year – first time I’ve worn it lol.

LINK-UPS

Not Dressed as Lamb / Elegantly Dressed and Stylish / Living on Cloud Nine / Style Splash / Shelbee on the Edge

  • Nikki Bywater

    I love my chinos. I like to wear mine in the warmer weather with the legs rolled up to show a few inches of leg… Also hope they go nice and brown on show too! Also they are nicer too for cooler days and I really like the look you have created here. I usually wear mine with a nice crisp white blouse. I really like the colour of your chinos. I have the traditional beige ones and also a pair of navy blue, mine are from Next. I love Primark the quality of their scarves are really good from there.

    • Nikki, I love wearing them the same way too! They are perfect for the warmer weather too. Thanks for popping over!
      Suzy xxx

  • Elizabeth Seckman

    You always come up with clever ways to mix it up. I’m not half as creative.

    • LOL I’m sure you are Elizabeth! If not with fashion, you are creative in so many other ways.
      Hugs
      Suzy xx

  • Good to see someone else loving these neutral tones Suzy. These colourways look fabulous on you. Good old Primark huh? Great for finding those bargain items. It’s freezing here in London still. xx
    http://www.vanityandmestyle.com

    • When I look back at old posts, I see neutral tones more than anything else, Laurie! I could do with adding a bit more colour to my wardrobe! Sorry to hear it’s still so cold over there. I’m going to try and send you some of our sun 😉
      Hugs
      Suzy xx

  • Fab outfit! You look great in the chinos. Necklace and scarf are nice touches.
    Gail Mutton

    • Thanks Gail! I do love my scarves 😀
      Suzy x

  • mummabstylish

    Love the chinos, I’ve got similar in beige which I try to lift with different colours. Your scarf picks up your outfit perfectly – I love shopping in Primark, picking up little bits here and there which sometimes make an outfit looking stunning. Jacqui
    http://www.mummabstylish.com

    • It’s good to meet a fellow Primark fan – their scarves are then best!!
      Suzy x

  • The chinos look great! I love the neutral colours of the outfit, and the leopard print scarf ties it all together perfectly.

    Emma xxx
    http://www.style-splash.com

    • Thanks Emma! The scarf is one of those things that goes with so much. I do love animal print!!
      Suzy x