Fall’s here baby, and now, winter’s right around the corner. By this time, you’ve most certainly ditched short shorts, and whether you’ve been on the prowl for new fall fashion picks or have been sticking to sweats, it’s time to get yourself the best chinos for men.
Men’s chinos are everywhere right now and are exactly what you need to crank your work wardrobe into high gear this season. They’re so easy to pull off, too. Pair them with just about anything — your favorite sneakers, a sweatshirt, a jean jacket, whatever. When it gets even colder, bust out your parka and beanie but keep the chinos on. They’re an excellent multi-seasonal pant pick to rock no matter the weather.
The best men’s chinos, like your stay-at-home sweats, are built for both speed and comfort, especially when the weather cools down. They’re a great change from the typical suit pant or the trouser we once upon a time wore before March and offer something a bit more fall and winter. Even during the work-from-home grind, wearing actual pants and not just sweats can help increase productivity by putting you in the right mindset.
Are Those Chinos or Khaki Pants?
Maybe you’ve heard “chino.” Maybe you’ve heard “khaki.” If you’re from Boston, like I am, you’ve also heard “cah keys,” a real engine-revving pair of men’s pants. Are they different? Does it matter how you say it? Consider this.
Both chinos and khakis, like so many things we wear today, were first used as part of military uniforms.
Khakis came first, in the mid-19th century, after the British military adopted them as a cooler, lighter-weight alternative to wool while stationed in a very hot colonial India. The term “khaki” translates to “dusty” in Hindi.
Chinos were born during the Spanish-American War, when US troops were stationed in the Philippines. The troops’ uniforms were made of a twill material sourced from China. “Chino,” literally means Chinese in Spanish.
Today, we’ve adopted the word “khakis” as the term for the garment rather its color. Furthermore, when many people hear the term “khakis,” a professional setting comes to mind. Traditional khakis have taken on more of a business-casual role, not too far from their proper military roots. Chinos, on the other hand, have developed a whole new personality and are suitable for both casualwear and semi-dressy occasions. They also come in a wider variety of colors.
Bottom line: They’re a category and a subcategory. If you’re wearing chinos, technically you’re wearing khakis, but the reverse isn’t necessarily true.
So, without further ado, check out the best chino pants you need to incorporate into your wardrobe right now.
1. Dockers Slim Fit Workday Khaki Smart 360 Flex Pants
THE NEW CLASSIC
Any conversation about the best men’s chinos that doesn’t mention Dockers isn’t worth hearing. With that said, Dockers technically aren’t even chinos, they’re khakis! Dockers, since 1986, has had a stronghold on the American man’s choice for casual work pants as does their parent company, Levi Strauss, as the face of American denim. But these aren’t your dad’s khakis.
They’ve completely revived their lineup by introducing brand new fits and their 360 Flex technology, which allows for a full range of motion, even when bending over. They’ve also included a conveniently hidden fifth pocket that zips shut. Wear this dressed up with your work shoes and a nice button-down shirt or casually with a cuff, white sneakers, and a comfortable hoodie. I’ve worn these myself and they’re far better than originally anticipated.
2. Banana Republic Aiden Slim Rapid Movement Chino
FROM OFFICE TO DRINKS
Banana Republic’s Rapid Movement Chino was (before COVID-19) often seen riding on trains in subways in swarms. They’re the go-to men’s pants among young professionals because of their high quality, affordable price and frequent seasonal color drops. Banana Republic developed its Rapid Movement technology to add stretch and shape retention to the pants along with semi water- and stain-repellent technology for messy commuter days. The Aiden fit is Banana’s slim option among four other fits in the Rapid Movement Chino line. This chino is perfect for working through the day and heading to a bar or restaurant with coworkers afterward. Dress them up with a shirt and tie. When you’re ready to let loose, they’ll keep you comfortable for the duration. Right now the pants have experienced a massive price-drop to just $69, so get in on their lower price while you still can.
3. Banana Republic Slim Traveler Pant
BEST BLACK CHINO
This is Banana Republic’s “anti-chino.” It’s still lightweight but it’s far softer than any other chino-type pant. It’s all in the name, really — traveler. If you’re somebody who runs around the city or is constantly moving from place to place, you need a pair of pants that can keep up and stay comfortable. That’s what the Traveler Pant does. I have four pairs myself and they’re still just as comfortable today as they were the day I got them.
I think they look best with a rolled cuff, a clean sneaker, a t-shirt and a casual button-up over that. The black, however, is perfect for dressier occasions. The material Banana Republic uses for the black Traveler Pant doesn’t fade and doesn’t collect dust like other black chinos do. Whether you’re rocking the sneaker look or you wear it with a black leather shoe, you’re going to look great. If you’re looking for the best chinos for everyday wear, you can’t beat these pants for comfort, fit and style.
4. Bonobos Stretch Washed Chinos
BEST COLOR SELECTION
Bonobos broke menswear when they said, “You know what, people enjoy different colors, let’s create a pair of chinos in every single color under the sun”, so they did exactly that. This chino runs from a 28-40 waist size and the inseam is available up to a 36. As if they hadn’t set themselves apart enough, they went ahead and designed this chino with a mid-rise waist for extra pouch space and optimal comfort. For fall, the Brownies color, seen here, is a great way to add color to your wardrobe during the as the temps begin to drop months. Wear this with a patterned dress shirt and a work-appropriate pair of sneakers.
5. H&M Skinny Fit Cotton Chinos
A skinny-fit chino at an affordable price in seven different color styles? We’ll take one of each. Available in black, dark blue, dark beige, light grey, dark grey, dark beige and dark camel (let us catch our breath), this chino allows you to spend a day looking effortlessly stylish. Wear this with a basic tee, dark casual shirt, and a low profile sneaker to complete the look correctly. Simple is better. If you’re dealing with COVID-19 weight, make sure to order one size larger, because let’s keep it real with ourselves, we’ve all gained a few in the past couple of months. Most chinos cost about $100 (seriously, almost all of our favorite chinos this season cost exactly $98.00), but if you’re looking for the best chinos under $50, H&M should be your first stop.
6. Nordstrom Classic Smartcare Relaxed Fit Flat Front Cotton Pants
If you think chinos belong solely in the office, well, you’re wrong, but we respect your opinion. These relaxed fit cotton chinos are the epitome of men’s officewear around the world. There really is nothing else exceptional about them, but that’s kind of the point. If a mundane, stand-in, everyday pant is the chino you’re looking for to get by in life, these are absolutely the pair for you. Rock these with a classic tech button-down long sleeve and a pair of eyeglasses to complete the look. Maybe keep some pens in your shirt pocket even, you do you.
7. Cotton Pleated Trousers
If you want a looser fit to your chinos, look no further than these cotton pleated trousers from Entireworld. Although they aren’t technically labeled as chinos, these trousers have the same style and fit you can expect from your classic modern chino. They’re looser all around and fitted at the ankles to provide that handsomely modern pant look you know you want. The pants are made from a sun-dried, crisp Japanese cotton canvas to give them an everlasting kind of look and feel.
8. Tommy Hilfiger Stretch Chino Pants
BEST NAME BRAND
You can never go wrong with a little bit of Tommy. These handsome chino pants will bring out your preppy side, so don’t be afraid to knock the look right out of the park by adding your favorite pair of boat shoes and decorative over-shoulder sweater to give us some real New England vibes. These pants come in a slew of colors, but we think the classic navy is going to be your best bet this time around.
9. UO Easton Relaxed Fit Chino Pant
BEST RELAXED FIT
When we say relaxed fit, we mean it. Just look at these relaxed fit chino pants from Urban Outfitters and see what we mean. These chinos are as baggy as a pair of chinos can get. This style definitely isn’t for every kind of guy, but if you’re willing to change up the mix every now and again, this is a great, subtle way to do so. Match this with your favorite band tee, a pair of black Converse hi-tops and a black beanie to pull off a dope OOTD.
10. Goodfellow & Co Slim Fit Tech Chino Pants
Think about it this way, you’re going to shop at Target anyway, so might as well kill two birds with one stone and pick up a pair of chinos while you’re there. Or, better yet, make your next Target run from the comfort of your own home and get ’em delivered. Target’s Goodfellow & Co brand is selling these casual khaki-colored chino pants right now for just $30. Currently, each and every size is also available for purchase online. So, you better act fast before your size is gone!
11. Selected Homme Organic Cotton Chino Shorts
If you’re looking to purchase one more pair of shorts before the summer comes to a close, go for a cool pair of chino shorts. They’re a comfortable, casual and cooling way to end your summer even if you’re playing with adding layers to your look as the temp drops. These shorts are made from organic cotton and are part of ASOS’ responsible edit, which ensures clothes are made with less water and no pesticides. They look dope cuffed at the bottom and handsomely appropriate combined with a tank and an open short-sleeve button-up shirt.
12. BDG Pleated Denim Chino Pant
Denim chinos are a thing and we’re 100% here for it. Merging the effortless skater bagginess with a fit that’s even appropriate for most offices, these denim chinos are an easy to wear casual staple for any day of the week. Slide them on with your favorite pair of Vans and hit your skateboard or plop yourself down at your work-from-home desk and grind all day long, you’ll stay comfortable no matter what. Wear this with a cozy tee or an open flannel to exude a breezy vibe. These are even great to wear season to season, no matter if it’s summer, fall, winter or spring.
13. Western Rise AT Slim Pant
BEST STAIN-RESISTANT CHINO
Come on, clumsy, it’s time to get yourself a pair of chinos that won’t stain on you. The AT Slim Pants from Western Rise are for the type of guy who spills his drinks and drips his dips on the daily, because these bad boys won’t stain. We mean it — you’ll never want to wear a different pair of pants again after realizing how resistant these pants are. You can wear these chinos in any kind of weather and still feel comfortable, too, whether it’s 5 or 80 degrees outside. They’re also easy to move around in, whether you’re spending days on end biking around the city or working endless hours in numerous positions at your work-from-home desk.
14. Everlane The Performance Chino
You’ve got navy, grey, tan and black chinos. Cool, but you need to try this dark slate color, and it should be Everlane’s Performance Chino from their Uniform line. Performance and techwear is a booming trend right now in menswear and, to a degree, it’s not going anywhere. Everlane’s chino was designed with four-way stretch fabric that is also moisture-wicking and quick-drying to keep up with a long day of wear. As part of Everlane’s Uniform line, these chinos come with a 365-day guarantee that states “in the unlikely event that a tee gets a hole, a sweatshirt collar shrinks up, an oxford loses its color—don’t sweat it. We’ll gladly replace it with a new one.” Everlane is making some of the best basic men’s apparel right now, so it’s no surprise they also have some of the best chinos for fall and winter. And at just $43? That’s a price we can’t beat.
15. Everlane The Air Chino Drawstring Pant
While we’re still chatting about Everlane, we have to introduce you to their chino alternative: The Air Chink drawstring pant. Yeah, you heard that right — a pair of chinos with a drawstring waistline. This is perfect for when we all have to head back into the office (whenever that’ll be) considering we’ve collectively all gained a few pounds during quarantine. These pants look similar to track pants from the top, but if you’re able to untuck your shirt in the office, nobody will ever know that they’re drawstring-lined. Wear these with a classic off-white button-up shirt or a casual tee if you’re rocking them on the streets, they’ll look good either way.
16. Mugsy Jeans Morgan Chino
This is BY FAR the stretchiest chino I’ve ever worn. One of the new kids on the block, Mugsy’s mission is to “#FreeYourBalls.” Mugsy Jeans was born after the founder was told his baggy pants looked like garbage. Still needing extra room for the boys, he designed a product that was the perfect balance between a slim and a straight fit with the added bonus of stretch. Mugsy chinos look great, but there have been specific times when they’ve come in clutch, like for indoor rock climbing, riding the bike to the office and just living in the hot Los Angeles summer. Guys with a more athletic build, you know, thighs like telephone poles, benefit in a big way from this lineup. Rock these either with your regular work outfit or your favorite casual ensemble. You’ll be glad you did.
17. Todd Snyder Japanese Camouflage Chino
These chinos are so camo, we can barely even see them! They just blend in so well. All jokes aside, these camo chinos from Todd Snyder are a handsome yet stylish pair of pants to keep in your closet. These will look dope on any guy more into street-style fashion because if you are, you’ll know that camo’s super in right now. Pair these with your favorite athletic sneaks, a casual hoodie and a backward cap.
18. ASOS DESIGN Super Skinny Chinos In Pastel Pink
Pink pants are always a fun time. Though these aren’t the pinkest pants we’ve ever seen in our lives, this dusty rose color is a great way to add a little bit of color into your wardrobe this winter. Stand out from the crowd of commuters on your way to work or show up stunting on everybody at your cousin’s baby shower with these head-turners, simply just ’cause you can.
19. Maison Margiela Beige Chino Trousers
If you’re a sucker for the more lavish things life has to offer, you’re going to love these chinos from Maison Margiela. If you’re familiar with the French brand, you’ll know that their stuff is pricy, to say the least. Meaning, although these look like really any other pair of chinos, they’re priced at a whopping $545. Yeah, you read that right. These straight-legged pants will look handsome on, that’s for sure, it just depends on whether or not you’re willing to spend that much coin on a pair of chinos. If you can manage it, we say go for it.