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
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Under Brendon Babenzien’s watchful eye, J.Crew has grown from an outdated menswear retailer to one of the cutting-edge design houses in a matter of a few short year.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
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
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 Option
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
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:
A.P.C. Classic Chinos
Norse Projects Aros Straight-Leg Cotton-Twill Chinos
Outerknown Fort Chino Pants
Uniqlo Men’s Slim-Fit Chino Pants
Land’s End Men’s Traditional Fit No Iron Chino Pants
Acne Studios Ayonne Slim-Fit Cotton-Blend Twill Chinos
Banana Republic Tapered Authentic Chino
Paul Smith Slim-Fit Green Check Stretch-Cotton Chinos
Mr. P Cotton and Linen-Blend Chinos
Orslow New York Tapered Pant
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