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Best Men's Chinos

The 20 Best Men’s Chinos

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So you’ve got your tough, durable dark denim — maybe even a pair of grey or black denim. And perhaps you’re covered off with a crisp suit and shorts for spring and summer. But a go-between option is lacking in your wardrobe. That’s where the best chinos for men come into play.

The best men’s chinos nowadays aren’t just a casual Friday option, and they likely don’t feature the baggy fit or pleats you might associate with chinos. Brands nowadays have rid themselves of the excess fabric of years past, and they’ve taken the approach that bold (yet still wearable) colors are fair game when it comes to a great pair of chinos. What’s more, they’re an underrated wardrobe workhorse, able to be paired with nearly any and every combination for which you might turn to dark denim. The best chinos on the market are even more wearable than that — they can be paired up with a tee and a blazer, a polo or a crisp dress shirt. Grab one of our favorite pairs of men’s chinos and break them out as often as you can.

Taylor Stitch Slim Standard Issue Chino

Taylor Stitch Slim Standard Issue Chino

When it comes to a brand that’s dead serious about the fit, quality and fabrication of its chinos, you’re not going to get much better than the folks at Taylor Stitch. They’ve been on something of a quest to make the perfect chino for years now, using a remarkable brushed Spanish twill and made-in-Spain production that’s among the best in the world. The major parts — like the durable fabric and slim fit — are admirable. And the small details, right down to the tough hardware and vintage San Francisco maps printed on the pocket interiors, are exactly what you should look for when buying your next set of chinos. – $98

Grayers Newport Modern Fit Chino Pants

Grayers Newport Modern Fit Chinos

Some brands just do the classics very well, and that’s the case with Grayers — they’ve got a blend of preppy style staples updated for the modern menswear fan, and the Newport Chino exemplifies that perfectly. With a tailored fit and the ability to be worn casually or with dressier pieces, they’re the crisp-yet-laidback answer to dark denim. Even on the weekends, a stylish pair of chinos like this one can be worn with a striped tee and white sneakers for a coffee run. And then as you head to a Sunday dinner, you can throw on a grey blazer without changing your outfit — or missing a beat. – $88

Taylor Stitch Democratic Standard Issue Chino in Ash

Taylor Stitch Democratic Standard Issue Chino in Ash

Two pairs of Taylor Stitch chinos in one list? Certainly. While a slim pair of chinos is all well and good, for the guys that hit the gym, have thicker legs or prefer a fit that’s less tailored but still sharp, we’ve got the perfect answer. The Democratic Chino features a fuller cut that maintains a polished appearance — there’s no pleats or excess fabric here to speak of. Like the brand’s stable of reliable, neutral and crisp colors, the Ash option shown here should work across all four seasons, and in cold or hot weather — that’s great news if want to switch up your pants rotation. – $98

Old Navy Broken-in Slim Khakis

Old Navy Broken-in Slim Khakis

With a brand like Old Navy, you’re getting a heck of a deal, and product that’s definitely wearable as part of a well-composed menswear wardrobe. In a slim fit and a crisp, rich color like the Bandolier Brown option shown here, these chinos are a viable alternative to light wash denim when paired up with warm-weather classics like white canvas sneakers. Switch up your look with an indigo pocket tee and tough brown leather chukka boots for a solid mix of high-low style, or pair these up with leather boat shoes and a classic Oxford for a look that’s irreverent and ever-so-slightly preppy. – $30

J. Crew Broken-in Chino in 484 Fit

J. Crew Broken-in Chino in 484 Fit

While J. Crew stocks a wide array of colors and fits in its well-made chinos, the 484 is virtually a must-have for the guy who prefers a slimmed-down silhouette — although they also stock the roomier 770 fit. However the 484 Broken-in Chino is the perfect pair to wear all through the summer (and maybe even into fall), what with colors like an eye-catching Seascape available and the potential to be rocked with canvas sneakers or stylish leather wingtips alike. And at $75, it’s a decent price for the quality that customers expect season after season from the lauded American brand. – $75

Bonobos Washed Chinos

Bonobos Washed Chinos

The Bonobos Washed Chino is, as the brand says, the pants that started it all. Even nearly 10 years after the fast-growing menswear company launched, the Washed Chino is an enduring style that’s available in a dizzying array of colors and three remarkably on-point fits. The quality, fabric and construction are all top-notch, and these chinos have seriously modern styling potential. We’re talking the ability to be worn with everything from a heather grey pocket tee and canvas slip-ons to a navy blazer and crisp blue Oxford. After trying them out, you might just want to get one in every color. – $88

Olivers Apparel 5-Pocket Pant

OLIVERS Apparel 5-Pocket Pant

Most of us might be used to chinos that are more classic in their construction and fabric — that is, made of durable cotton chino, for starters. However, OLIVERS is taking a standard menswear silhouette and updating it in all the right ways. Available in a sleek Navy color and boasting a tailored fit, these pants incorporate four-way stretch plus nylon and spandex. Yet, you’re still getting all the benefits and styling potential of a great pair of regular chinos. If you’re on the road a lot, these are going to be your new favorite travel pant — not to mention your new favorite pair of chinos. – $168

Apolis Standard Issue Utility Chino

Apolis Standard Issue Utility Chino

When it comes to brands who make stylish, timeless menswear classics with sustainability in mind, Apolis sits at the top of the heap. And when the results are as solid and reliable as its Standard Issue Chino, that’s to be applauded. The 9.5oz cotton canvas is a four-season blend that should sit right no matter the weather, and the Black colorway shown here lends a uniquely polished look to something as simple as a natural pocket tee — not to mention it can finish off a tailored Oxford or a chambray shirt nicely for any occasion. Plus, buying these supports Peruvian production that’s socially and environmentally conscious. – $98

Canvas by Lands’ End Stretch Chino Trousers

Canvas by Lands’ End Stretch Chino Trousers

Although chinos are well-suited to situations both casual and more tailored, it’s been refreshing to see new collections like Canvas by Lands’ End take on the style in an updated way. The brand’s Stretch Chino Trouser works perfectly when paired up with the matching suit jacket — the front tab closure and slim fit help with that. Yet, the blend of combed cotton and spandex results in a chino pant that moves with you and looks great while doing so. And, the silhouette of these pants is clean enough that they won’t look out of place when paired up with something as casual as a grey pocket tee this summer. – $89

JackThreads Slim Chino

JackThreads Slim Chino

If you had to pick one site from which to buy a bevy of menswear gear, JackThreads might just be that site. They offer a wide range of men’s style must-haves, and the brand’s affordable, durable and stylish chinos are right up there. It’s rare to find great chinos for under $50, particularly ones that you can rock with everything from a striped henley and sneakers to a khaki blazer — and that’s just the start. Yet, the neutral Charcoal color is the way to go if you want great styling potential — and for a heck of a price, you can pick up a spare pair. – $49

Frank and Oak Becket Chino

Frank & Oak Becket Chino in Sand

Since Frank & Oak burst onto the menswear scene in the earlier part of this decade, they’ve made some serious waves for offering up great value and styling potential, all the while keeping an eye on changing trends. While some of the brand’s pieces skew a bit trendier, the Becket Chino is a reliable four-season classic, especially since it’s crafted from stretch twill chino. The Sand color is neutral and easily wearable — consider this an alternative to inky blue denim, and wear it with everything from a slim graphic tee to crisp polo on the weekend or the work day; there’s really no wrong move. – $60

Eddie Bauer Casual Performance Chino Pants

Eddie Bauer Casual Performance Chino Pants

There are chino pants that are a bit flashy — and there are chino pants that are reliable, classic-fitting and made to do a bit more than just stand in one place. For those who prefer their chino pants to have some flexibility, an air of reliable, tough performance and no frills, Eddie Bauer’s got you covered. With the brand’s outdoor heritage in mind, the Casual Performance Chino gets the job done. Available in a neutral array of colors, you can wear these to work, and then out on an evening stroll through the park without having to worry if they can take it — they’re wrinkle, stain and fade-resistant. – $60

Stio Colter Pant

Stio Colter Pant

Large numbers of chinos on the market are designed for city life, without much thought to active adventure. So when you find a pair that can reasonably do both, they’re certainly worth buying. The Stio Colter Pant is the option to pick up if you’re more likely to go for a Sunday hike than Sunday brunch — although with a modern fit and Schoeller Turkish cotton featuring a hint of stretch, they can certainly do both. Functional details like articulated knees and a gusseted crotch provide maximum movement, and NanoSphere finishing technology repels dirt, water and oil. They’re the working man’s answer to go-anywhere chinos. – $105

Todd Snyder Hudson Tab Front Pant in Khaki

Todd Snyder Hudson Tab Front Pant in Khaki

Not many designers can toggle between durable, rugged athletic-minded gear and dressy style staples — yet Todd Snyder is just that designer. The brand’s mix of clean, classic sportswear and tailored pieces has drawn accolades and acclaim, and even if you’re not fully into the menswear world, it’s absolutely worth checking out. The Hudson Tab Front Pant features a crisp, tailored fit, high-quality 100 percent cotton, and made-in-Portugal construction that complements what the brand calls “streamlined styling details” like small belt loops. Buy this pair and wear them as much as you can — everything from a garment-dyed pocket tee to a crisp Oxford is fair game. – $175

Levi’s Straight Fit Stretch Chino

Levi’s Straight Fit Stretch Chino

It’s tough not to love a nicely tailored pair of dress chinos, but sometimes, circumstances call for something with a bit more room to move around in. The Straight Fit Stretch Chino from Levi’s is just that pair — it’s got the classic quality and construction one would expect from Levi’s, and it’s made with a lightweight stretch twill featuring 2 percent elastane (that’s where the freedom of movement comes from). Any of the four available colors would suit you well, but the True Khaki shade is your best bet for style that should work seven days of the week, day or night. – $40

Steven Alan Arc Chino

Steven Alan Arc Chino

If you’re used to spending a good chunk of change on a rough-and-tumble pair of selvedge denim, why not take the same approach with a classic pair of tailored chinos? Steven Alan makes everyday essentials with a modern twist, and the Arc Chino fits the bill perfectly. This pair is made with Japanese Westpoint twill for ridiculously high quality, and they’re lightly garment rinsed for a broken-in feel that provides comfort and easy going style from day one. The slim fit and tapered leg help out tremendously if you prefer a tailored silhouette, and the sharp-yet-neutral Steel Blue color provides plenty of potential for all sorts of outfits. – $195

Buck Mason Iron Chino

Buck Mason Iron Chino

Buck Mason continually knocks it out of the park if you’re looking for American-made, well-crafted pieces that can be mixed and match with ease for any situation. The Iron Chino — made from a durable 10oz. Cotton twill — checks all the right boxes. Modern fit? Check. Neutral color? Check. The ability to stylishly complement the brand’s other versatile style essentials? Check. If you haven’t yet taken the plunge on acquiring a piece or two from Buck Mason, the brand’s Iron Chinos are exactly the place to start. Buy and wear them now, and keep them in your rotation for the rest of the year — and then some. – $135

Combatant Gentleman Burgundy Slim-Fit Chino Pant

Combatant Gentleman Burgundy Slim-Fit Chino Pant

Mixing affordability and straightforward styling potential can be somewhat difficult to do, yet Combatant Gentleman has that balance on lockdown. The brand’s chino pants combine a reliably modern fit with unique colors, like this rich Burgundy that should be perfect for fall and winter (yet you can also test the waters now alongside a neutral white polo). For the price, you’re getting chinos that feature peached Italian cotton, a high-quality fabric that gives you lots of bang for your buck. The great news is that while you’re on the brand’s site, you can pick up a slim-fitting blazer to complement these excellent chinos. – $40

Rogue Territory Officer Trousers in Olive

Rogue Territory Officer Trousers in Olive

Rogue Territory is a brand that, like Levi’s, is much loved for its classic, ridiculously high-quality denim (not to mention other style essentials). The brand’s Officer Trouser takes that attention to detail one step further, reimagining the chino in a way that’s rugged, durable and still very wearable for the modern man. Featuring a 9oz. sanforized twill made in America, these trousers are just as stylish when rocked with broken-in white sneakers as they are with rugged leather lace-up boots. They feature a tapered leg and mid-rise, plus quality construction done right in Los Angeles — if you prefer your chinos American-made, Rogue Territory is another brand to watch. – $185

Todd Snyder Olive Infantry Cargo Pant

Todd Snyder Olive Infantry Cargo Pant

Just as with the brand’s classic-yet-modern take on the essential chino, the Olive Infantry Cargo Pant is a unique, refined and stylish take on the chino. Part chino, part cargo pant and made with a slim, utilitarian fit, the designer has once again harnessed vintage styling inspiration. Even with the homage to classic military style, this chino cargo pant is still uniquely style-forward — in this instance, that means you should rock them with everything from a striped T-shirt and gumsole sneakers to a navy blazer and leather wingtips. They’re just as wearable as your favorite pair of chinos, and the one-of-a-kind look makes that all the better. – $245

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