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. – Shop Now

Outerknown S.E.A. Legs Straight Chinos

Outerknown S.E.A. Legs Straight Chinos

What’s better than a pair of classic men’s chinos in a rich Indigo color? A pair of classic men’s chinos that truly live up to their name — the S.E.A in these Outerknown chinos stands for Social and Environmental Accountability. That’s a heck of an added bonus to get from a pair of stylish chinos that can be worn in any season, thanks to their cotton fabrication and timeless fit. We like these best with a white Oxford and suede chukka boots right now, then paired with a grey crewneck sweater and rugged moc toe leather boots for fall weekends. – Shop Now

Flint and Tinder Cool Chinos

Flint and Tinder Cool Chinos

The Flint and Tinder Cool Chinos are so cool and stylish, we’d recommend you get a pair in each of the two timeless colors offered (Olive and Navy). The quality of the Flint and Tinder Cool Chinos starts with high-twist cotton yarns, creating breathable fabric that moves with you, not against you. A custom shotgun shell Flint and Tinder button adds another uniquely durable and well-designed touch, while the tailored fit pairs with everything from a white slub tee and white canvas sneakers to a charcoal Oxford and a khaki blazer. – Shop Now

Todd Snyder Japanese Selvedge Chino Officer Pant

Todd Snyder Japanese Selvedge Chino Officer Pant

Todd Snyder excels at taking staples that you know and love, then injecting them with design details that are both timeless and yet easy to wear in modern ways. Such is the case with the Japanese Selvedge Chino Officer Pants, a durable-as-heck pair of chinos to carry you into fall. They’re made in Los Angeles from imported materials, a unique touch that sets ‘em apart from other chinos on the market. Wear them with a Todd Snyder x Champion tee and some rugged Alden leather boots for maximum seasonal versatility. – Shop Now

Olivers Passage Pants

Olivers Passage Pants

Mobility and versatility is the name of the game when it comes to the Olivers Passage Pant, a pair of chinos that channel athleisure-inspired style while still cutting a classic silhouette suitable for daily wear. The Passage Pant takes its cues from stretch fabric and timeless design (note the wear-with-anything Dark Navy color). We think the Passage Pants work quite well with retro runners, a white slub tee and a lightweight khaki blazer for all-day style that works this summer and into early fall. The Passage Pants are a new breed of chinos, and we think that’s to be applauded. – Shop Now

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. – Shop Now

Everlane Midweight Chinos

Everlane Midweight Chinos

Everlane continues to champion radical transparency and timeless styling potential with each product in its line, from its durable weekender bags to its easygoing pocket tees and now, the Midweight Chinos seen here. Available in six colors in a slim fit that also features a timeless longer rise, these are the perfect chinos to wear with an indigo chambray shirt and white canvas sneakers for go-anywhere style any day of the week. Heck, in a classic shade of Ochre, these chinos can also pull double-duty come fall and winter — pair ‘em up with a navy cardigan and a white Oxford, plus your favorite leather boots. – Shop Now

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. – Shop Now

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. – Shop Now

Ralph Lauren Stretch Slim Fit Chinos

Ralph Lauren Stretch Slim Fit Chinos

If you’re going to reach for a pair of classic chinos, you might as well reach for a pair from that all-American purveyor of timeless and durable style, Ralph Lauren. The brand’s Slim Fit Chinos feature all the hallmarks one would expect from Ralph Lauren, from the easygoing versatility to the tough construction — now with an added bit of stretch. It’s a modern design touch that makes them worth the price, without a doubt. There’s no time to waste when it comes to staying stylish this season (and beyond). – Shop Now

Brooks Brothers Garment-Dyed Stretch Chinos

Brooks Brothers Garment-Dyed Stretch Chinos

Brooks Brothers continues to deliver exactly what guys need when it comes to endlessly versatile, excellent style for season — heck, years — to come. Done up in cotton twill with elastane for stretch, these garment-dyed chinos feature rich design details and the sort of tailored cut that should work quite nicely with a Brooks Brothers Oxford shirt and a khaki blazer — and for under $60 at the moment, they’re a terrific price for a brand that knows how to outfit guys in ways that just … work. – Shop Now

Banana Republic Fulton Stretch Chinos

Banana Republic Fulton Stretch Chinos

Banana Republic has long upgraded from the rather basic office style staples it sold in the past, to designs that are more modern, more streamlined and much more versatile. Take the Fulton Skinny Stretch Chinos, cut in a slim fit with tons of mobility. Add in dressy details like a tab front closure, plus office-friendly colors like a neutral Charcoal, and you’ve got yourself a pair of chinos to wear with everything from brown leather sneakers and an olive T-shirt to a blue chambray shirt and tan Oxford dress shoes. – Shop Now

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. – Shop Now

Frank and Oak Becket Chino

Frank & Oak Becket Chino

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. – Shop Now

Isaia Slim-Fit Stretch-Cotton Gabardine Chinos

Isaia Slim-Fit Stretch-Cotton Gabardine Chinos

Known for its distinctive finishing touches — like the use of a coral-colored charm as a small design detail — Isaia nails the right balance between modern and timeless with these essential stretch cotton-gabardine chinos. Made with soft fabric and cut to be paired with style staples like a white Oxford and brown leather loafers, Isaia has struck the difficult happy medium between laidback and formal. These are your new go-anywhere chinos for the rest of summer … and fall, and winter. Pair ‘em with dark tan suede chukkas and an olive military shirt for even more versatile, transitional style. – Shop Now

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. – Shop Now

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. – Shop Now

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. – Shop Now

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. – Shop Now

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. – Shop Now

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