The Best Chinos for Men to Keep Things Sharp This Fall
The lowly chino is your secret weapon for a well-dressed fall
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Let’s face it: in the past, even the best chinos for men haven’t exactly telegraphed elegance and glamour. The oft-forgotten office workhorse might bring to mind “somewhat cool substitute teacher” or “somewhat poorly dressed first date,” and it’s rare that a descriptor like “chic” would be employed.
That’s not to suggest that the chino, which traces its origin well back into the twentieth century, doesn’t have practical appliqué; as previously mentioned, it’s become the de facto semi-formal trouser. Sturdy enough to dress up with a blazer but casual enough that a light jacket (or tee, if you get the right cut) doesn’t look out of place, the chino is terribly versatile.
From J.Crew to Thom Browne, everyday retailers and high fashion designers alike are tackling the chino, to varying degrees of success. The reintroduction of pleats as a staple chino look has been an exciting twist, as has the shift to easier, relaxed cuts that mirror our outfits of choice for the past two-plus years.
And there’s never been a better time to update your chino collection. With fall upon us and earth tones ready to come out and play, a handsome chino is your secret weapon for beating the morning chill without looking like a sweatpant sucker. Below, we’ve identified some of our favorite pairs for your pleasure. Ditch the lounge pants and get back into some chinos this fall — you won’t regret it.
The Best Chinos for Men in 2022:
The Best Overall: Alex Mill Standard Pleated Pant in Chino
A modern cut? Check. The classic Khaki Chino color? Check. Detailed with cross-stitching and a coin pocket? Check. Pleated? Double check. What else could you need from a pair of pants? They go with anything, wear in nicely and will never let you down.
The Updated Classic: J.Crew Classic Relaxed-Fit Pleated Chino Pant
Under Brendon Babenzien’s watchful eye, J.Crew has grown from an outdated menswear retailer to one of the cutting-edge design houses in a matter of a few short years. The new J.Crew Chino — pleated, relaxed and ready to skate — is testament to the new era of menswear we’re entering.
The Modern Masterpiece: Officine Générale Oswald Belted Cotton-Blend Twill Trousers
French label Officine Générale is all about re-inventing iconic styles, but their Oswald Trousers, complete with luxury-esque features such as the built-in belt and heavy-drop fit, are a new example of what chinos can and should be.
The Luxury Choice: Tom Ford Straight-Leg Cotton Chinos
Tom Ford’s chinos are the epitome of what the style should be: straight-legged for an elevated (but not slouchy) fit, and cut from premium Japanese cotton, they’re luxury incarnate.
The Fashion-Forward Selection: Thom Browne Slim-Fit Tapered Striped Cotton-Twill Chinos
If you’re not familiar with the second Thom on our list, you should be. Mr. Browne is well know for his shrunken suits and white-striped branding, but his excellent chinos (with that bit of TB flair) are equally as quality. Woven from a pure cotton-twill blend akin to wearing clouds, they’re style-conscious and comfortable.
The Old Faithful: Flint and Tinder 365 Pant
There’s no other way to say it: we love the Flint and Tinder 365 Pant. Maybe it’ the perfect slim cut. Maybe it’s the year-long warrantee. Maybe it’s just the look of them.
The Performance Pick: Everlane The Performance Chino
A true performance pant — sweat-wicking, quick-drying, and have 4-way stretch — sans that goofy tech pant sheen, the Everlane Performance Chino is made to stand up to daily wear and tear.
The Selvedge Option: Todd Snyder Japanese Selvedge Chino Pant
Do you like bragging to other people about your selvedge jeans? Like, a lot? Well, now you can weave it into virtually any conversation.
The Ready-For-Anything Roamers: Taylor Stitch The Slim Foundation Pant
Need to chop some wood? Getting the spontaneous urge to climb a mountain? The Foundation Pant was originally a military issue, and with a lightweight 8oz weave, it perfectly straddles the line between durable and lightweight.
The WFH Warriors: Bonobos Stretch Washed Chino 2.0
WFH is a bit of a misnomer here: the Bonobos Stretch Washed Chino 2.0 looks right at home in the middle of the office hubbub, too. But with an elastic factor that rivals that of your rattiest sweatpants and an easy cotton blend to keep things cool and collected, it’s the pair we’d most prefer to wear in the comfort of our casa.
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