For such a straightforward style, it is pretty amazing how versatile chinos can be. Depending on the cut, you can just as easily wear these slacks at a lazy Sunday morning brunch as you could throw them on before heading into work.
The adaptability of the Chino isn’t a total surprise when you consider their origin. First introduced in the 1850’s as part of the British and French military uniforms, the pants were eventually adopted by the American military during the Spanish-American war in the late 19th century. After coming back home from the fight, American soldiers ended up popularizing the style among civilians by continuing to wear their standard issue Chinos. We can understand why. Made from a cotton twill, the pants were (and are) comfortable, durable, and light – making them ideal for everyday use. Nowadays you can get Chinos made from a variety of different fabrics and designs, all of which we combed through online in our attempt to build out a list of the best chinos for men. whether for formal attire or more active wear, we have it here.
Uniqlo Slim Fit Chino
A straightforward design made from a cotton and spandex blend, this slim fitting pair of slacks are a solid look for the office while still managing to be comfortable and flexible for when you clock out. Due to the fact that these chinos come in at such a good price point, you can easily pick up a few for work or weekend wear.
Scotch & Soda Stuart Classic Chinos
Coming in a wide variety of colors, the Stuart fit chinos from Amsterdam-based Scotch and Soda have a sturdy but soft build to them that is perfect for summer. Whether just one version of the slim fit pants speaks to you, or you are looking to add some variety to your closet, these are a great pick. To top it all off, the belt is included.
Iron & Resin Engineer Chino
A 100 percent 8-ounce cotton twill made right here in the U.S., these chinos feature welt rear pockets, a button fly opening, and the brand’s anchor logo stitched into the waistband. Along with sporting these nice details, the pants fit really well with a 34-inch inseam, an 11-inch rise, and 15.75-inch leg opening.
Everlane Slim Pant Chino
These pants from the San Francisco-based transparent retailer Everlane has everything you’d expect from a chino; slant pockets, welt back pockets, and a cotton construction. What sets it apart, however, is their close but relaxed fit and two-way stretch thanks to the 2% elastane construction that make these slacks quite comfortable and easy to wear every day. You can also pick these up in eight different colors.
J. Crew Broken-In Chino
J. Crew rules the market when it comes to anything broken-in. Just like their t-shirts, these chinos are an enduring classic by this point. Constructed with a heavily washed cotton twill they look vintage and feel much softer and aged right out of the box.
Ministry Of Supply Aviator Chinos
If you live in a warm environment then you know how stifling wearing a pair of heavy pants can be. These chinos from Ministry of Supply are made from a durable 4-way stretch aviator fabric that repels water, wicks moisture, and keeps you cool even when the A/C breaks. Who said high-tech synthetic materials have to be relegated to athletic wear.
Taylor Stitch Democratic Chino
Billed as some of the hardest working and most comfortable chinos on the market, this pair from the San Francisco-based brand is made with a 9.5-ounce Brushed Spanish twill that provides all the durability you need day in and day out with a solid fit. Slim at the leg and a little roomier at the thigh, they’re an ideal pick for the guy looking for a little more room for movement.
Bonobos Summer Weight Chinos
Unless you work in one of those techie ‘anything goes’ type of offices, you’re probably expected to show up to the office wearing some pants. In warm weather, this can really suck, but thanks to the Summer Weight Chinos from Bonobos it doesn’t have to. Made with lightweight cotton twill these pants are nice and light so you can keep cool even when the mercury rises.
Bulletprufe Adventure Fit Chinos
If these don’t look like your normal chinos, it is because they aren’t. Made with a special fabric meant to be breathable, completely flexible, and ten times stronger than your normal pair of pants, you can take these out on even the wildest of adventures.
Finisterre Coverack Chinos
Made by an outdoor-focused brand based out of the UK, it’s no surprise that this pair of Chinos are built to be as active as you are. While maintaining a classic look to them, these pants retain an active fit thanks to some elastane, meaning you can get out and explore without a wardrobe change.
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.
Sometimes it is just the small things that stand out on items of clothing. For the Gio pant from Unis, the waste-tab button is it. It provides a perfect compliment to the flat front 100 percent cotton pant. That isn’t the only selling point on these, however. Due to their Italian twill construction, they slowly break in and fit specifically to your body the more they’re worn.
Unionmade Standard Chino
An exclusive pair of pants made for the San Francisco-based men’s clothing brand Unionmade, these chinos are sewn with black cotton, feature matching black corozo buttons, herringbone bag pockets, and a slim fit that can’t be found anywhere else. A perfect pair for the guy looking for stand-out basics.
Freenote Cloth Workers Chino
A true quality pair of chinos made from selvedge twill sourced from Japan and made in the U.S.A, these trousers have been given a classic cut, a clean finish, and custom leather branding and corozo buttons. Ideal urban wear.
Outlier 60/30 Chinos
Usually when you get into the high-end of men’s basics you’re essentially getting the same thing for a much higher price. Not with these 60/30 Chinos from Outlier. Made with a blend of cotton, micro denier nylon, and elastane, they’re a highly technical pair of pants designed with movement and style in mind.