Chino pants are versatile trousers crafted in durable cotton twill fabric. In the world of men’s pants, they fall somewhere between casual and dressed up. Not quite as rugged as a pair of jeans, but surely not as refined as a dress trouser.
I’m loosely defining chino pants as any cotton trouser you can dress up or down with ease. They can be constructed with 5 pockets, like a pair of jeans, or like dress pants. While the 5-pocket style is a bit more casual, it’s a versatile pant nonetheless. You can beat them up on the weekend or wear them out with a sport jacket.
Finding the perfect pair of chino pants can be a challenge, despite the wide array of options we have today. You want to find the right fit at the right price, because there’s no reason to overspend on such a basic wardrobe staple. This may take some trial and error, and some legwork. Fortunately, I’ve done some of this legwork for you.
Here are six of the best chino pants on the market today….
Paige makes this slim fitting “Federal” 5-pocket chino in ultra comfortable Japanese twill cotton blend. Pictured in Canyon red, paired with desert boots and Brooks Brothers sport shirt.
Epaulet NYC offers their rivet chino in a variety of fabrics. This pair is crafted in 8 oz navy blue cotton canvas, for super comfort, durability and style. The fit is slim, with a mid to low rise and stellar details all around. Pictured with J.Crew navy suede wingtips.
I’m a big fan of the J.Crew Bowery Slim and 484 pants. This 484 is a textured chino with a heavier weight cotton than their typical offerings. The 484 is said to be their slimmest fit, with a low rise that’s best for casual wear. Pictured with Rancourt and Co. moccasins and a Vince sport shirt.
Hudson is known for their denim, but they also offer this Blake model 5-pocket chino. Like their denim, these are made in the USA. They’re woven in a stretch cotton blend with a slim, straight fit.
Some chinos offer the best of both worlds – the comfort of your favorite khakis and the refined style of a traditional dress trouser. Adriano Goldschmeid is aiming for this perfect hybrid pant with the “Lux Khaki” tailored trouser, crafted in cotton blend lightweight stretch sateen. Pictured with Tricker’s penny loafers.
The slim and modern “Connor” chino from Club Monaco is available in traditional staple colors, in addition to this blue camo option. While this lightweight fabric is ideal for warm weather, it’s not as durable as the other pants featured on this page.