Chinos are without a doubt the most versatile pant a man can own. Shake off that image of dad’s unflattering boxy chinos (usually sitting too high on the waist and accessorized with a phone holster to boot), because the modern chino is slim-fit, available in a variety of colors, and has great stretch fabric to move freely throughout the day with sharp style.
Dress them up for work, or dress them down for a guys’ weekend, because the best men’s chinos are so comfortable, you’ll barely want to break out your favorite denim duds.
Before we get into the best chinos on the market, here’s a little breakdown of how to make sure you choose the pant that’s best for you and how you can style them for any occasion. They’re an underestimated wardrobe workhorse.
What to Look for When Buying Chinos
Chinos are traditionally made of 100% cotton twill, but with technological advances in fabrication, along with the active guy’s quest for all-day comfort, your favorite brands now make chinos that have a hint of stretch with spandex that you’ll love.
When it comes to fit, most men will want to stick to a slim-fit style. It’s the most flattering for all body types, skimming the body with a little extra room around the thigh area and tapered at the ankle.
How to Wear Chinos
The beauty of the chino pant is there is (almost) no wrong way to wear them. Pair them with everything from t-shirts to sweaters to button downs, and you’ll quickly see how versatile a pair of chinos can be. The best part? No starch required! It’s all about leaning into a relaxed look here. And no need to bring out the iron. Chinos are equally appealing for pairing with a button-down shirt and blazer to feel comfortable during your 9-to-5, or pairing your tailored chinos with your go-to hoodie for an elevated “Sunday Funday” look. When the weather heats up, show off your cool footwear with no-show socks and cuff the ankle. It’s important to wear a slim-to-skinny-fit chino for a cuffed pant or it will just look like a bulky mess.
Top 10 Best Chinos for Men
1. Banana Republic Rapid Movement Chino
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 Rapid Movement Chinos, cut in a slim to straight 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.
2. Everlane Slim Pant Chino
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.
3. J. Crew Broken-In Chino
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.
4. Bonobos Summer Weight 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.
5. Buck Mason Chino
Made in the U.S.A. and sewn in Los Angeles this pair of 10-ounce cotton twill Chinos are just about as classic as it gets. Featuring a clean cut from just above the knee down they have a modern look to them that doesn’t deviate to far from the old school style.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. Todd Snyder Japanese Selvedge Chino
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.
9. Brooks Brothers Soho Fit Stretch Indigo Chinos
The look of versatile indigo denim meets the polished appeal of tailored chinos with these stellar pants. Spandex adds some flexibility for comfort while you take on another day at the office like a boss.
10. Lululemon Commission Slim Pants
Lululemon’s take on the chino pant is what guys have always hoped to find in their everyday slacks. Sweat-wicking fabric with four-way stretch and a comfortable ABC (Anti-Ball Crushing) design—what’s not to love?