Menswear | March 8, 2022 12:12 pm

The Best Spring Chinos Are Anything But Boring

The lowly chino is your secret weapon for a well-dressed spring

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Let’s face it: chinos don’t exactly telegraph 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.

There’s never been a better time to update your chino collection. With spring upon us and earth tones ready to come out and play, a handsome chino is your secret spring weapon. Below, we’ve identified some of our favorite pairs for your pleasure. Ditch the sweats and get back into some chinos this spring. You won’t regret it.


The Best Overall

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Alex Mill

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

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J.Crew

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Under Brendon Babenzien’s watchful eye, J.Crew has grown from an outdated menswear retailer to one of the cutting-edge design houses in a matter of a few short year. The new J.Crew Chino — pleated, relaxed and ready to skate — is testament to the new era of menswear we’re entered.

The Modern Masterpiece

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Mr. Porter

Officine Générale New Fisherman Cotton-Twill Chinos

French label Officine Générale is all about re-inventing iconic styles, but their Fisherman Chinos, complete with trouser-esque features such as the tab button and heavy-drop fit, are a new example of what chinos can and should be.

The Luxury Choice

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Mr. Porter

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

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Mr. Porter

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:

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Huckberry

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:

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Everlane

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

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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 Option

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Taylor Stitch

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 Option

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Bonobos

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.

More Chino Styles We Recommend:

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A.P.C.

A.P.C. Classic Chinos

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Mr. Porter

Norse Projects Aros Straight-Leg Cotton-Twill Chinos

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Outerknown

Outerknown Fort Chino Pants

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Uniqlo

Uniqlo Men’s Slim-Fit Chino Pants

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Land’s End

Land’s End Men’s Traditional Fit No Iron Chino Pants

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Mr. Porter

Acne Studios Ayonne Slim-Fit Cotton-Blend Twill Chinos

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Banana Republic

Banana Republic Tapered Authentic Chino

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Paul Smith

Paul Smith Slim-Fit Green Check Stretch-Cotton Chinos

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Mr. Porter

Mr. P Cotton and Linen-Blend Chinos

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End. Clothing

Orslow New York Tapered Pant