Chinos have a reputation for being stuffy—the pants are a quintessential ‘80s look, straight out of The Preppy Handbook. Today, the best men’s chinos are not the kind your dad wore; the latest pairs come in modern fits, styles and fabric blends that make these pants a solid part of your everyday wardrobe. While old-school chinos were mostly made from durable, heavy cotton twill in earthy tones, they now come in lighter tech fabrics, with built-in stretch, and updated colors beyond the traditional khaki shades. Bottom line: Chinos have never been cooler and more comfortable.
If you’re thinking of adding a pair or two to your pants repertoire, we recommend chinos that are versatile enough to wear to work or casually on the weekends. They’re polished yet not fussy. Laidback but not overly relaxed to the point of being confused with sweats. Ahead, we rounded up the best men’s chinos on the market, all of which have excellent reviews and price points to suit your fashion needs and budget.
Sizes: Waist: 28-40, Length: 28-34 | Colors: 7 total, including Slate Gray and Navy | Materials: 94% cotton, 6% elastane
Everlane’s The Performance Chino checks off all the boxes: It’s comfortable for all-day wear thanks to four-way stretch fabric, plus it’s quick-drying and sweat-wicking like a technical pant, all at a reasonable price point. This slim-fitting chino is part of Everlane’s Uniform collection, which includes a 365-Day Guarantee for their everyday basics: If it rips or tears within a year of purchase, they’ll replace it for free.
Sizes: Waist: 30-44, Length: 29-34 | Colors: 9 total, including Khaki and Surplus Green | Materials: 98% cotton, 2% spandex
L.L.Bean’s Lakewashed Stretch Khaki is a step above your average chinos. It has a classic fit—sitting at the natural waist with a straight leg—and features a touch of stretch for easy movement throughout the day. The washed cotton fabric is soft like an old favorite pair, and design details, like the chambray-lined pockets and waistband, are a nice bonus for an affordable cost.
Sizes: Waist: 28-46, Length: 28-36 | Colors: 25 total, including Black and Sage Green | Materials: 92% cotton, 8% spandex
Bonobos took their best chino design and gave it an upgrade. The Stretch Washed Chino 2.0 has a non-iron, sweat-wicking, four-way stretch cotton for staying comfortable yet put-together all day long. A hidden, secure zip pocket stows small valuables like keys and the curved waist gives a sleeker look by eliminating unnecessary excess fabric. There’s inclusive sizing—14 waist sizes, five lengths, and five pant fits—and an impressive selection of colorways.
Sizes: Waist: 28-44, Length: 28-36 | Colors: 8 total, including Black and Gray Blue | Materials: 90% cotton, 8% elasterrell, 2% spandex
Banana Republic’s Tapered Rapid Movement Chino does double-duty with a mid-rise tapered fit that looks professional for a big meeting in the office and high-stretch, wrinkle-resistant fabric that’s comfortable for off-hours. This sturdy yet soft pant comes in five lengths, including a tall 36, ensuring a good fit for almost all guys.
Sizes: Waist: 28-40, Length: 30-34 | Colors: 9 total, including Black and Dark Wheat | Materials: 90% cotton, 8% polyester, 2% Lycra
New York-based Todd Snyder (and CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year nominee) designs both essentials and statement pieces for the modern man. The Slim Fit 5-Pocket Chino combines the comfort of denim—and classic 5-pocket styling—with the elevated look of garment-dyed twill. This pair has a lean fit with a slightly tapered leg, similar to Todd’s selvedge jean, but with some added stretch for extra comfort.
Sizes: Waist: 28-44, Length: 30-34 | Colors: 12 total, including Mushroom and Black | Materials: Cotton, elastane
The 250 Slim-Fit Pant in Stretch Chino is J.Crew’s is fitted through the hip and thigh, with a narrow, tapered leg. The cotton-blend fabric is “Stretch on Demand,” so it stretches only when needed, meaning it won’t get baggy. This pant is part of J.Crew’s Re-imagined line with at least 30% of the fabric content originating from sustainable sources.
Ralph Lauren’s signature chino comes in a straight fit with extra stretch and a 15 .5-inch leg opening for a more comfortable wear. Classic chino styling like front slash pockets, belt loops and signature buttons stay true to the elevated and easy-going Ralph Lauren ethos.
Sizes: Waist: 28-38, Length: Regular, Long | Colors: Vintage Khaki, Military Olive, Dark Navy, Black, Oat Milk, Dark Khaki | Materials: 98% cotton, 2% elastane
If you think pleats are outdated, consider New York-based Alex Mill’s modern take. The Pleated Pant In Chino is both polished and comfortable, featuring a wider, relaxed fit through the leg and a slight crop for an edgy look. The subtle front pleats create a little more room for extra comfort while the coin pocket detail and “X”-shaped back belt loop upgrade the look of basic chinos.
Southern California-based Vuori brings an active coastal lifestyle to the forefront of their designs. The Cascade Tech Chino Pant offers a bit of everything for a performance chino: The stretch twill has a soft feel while being water-resistant, lightweight and breathable. This slim, athletic fit can be worn in wet outdoor conditions and still be fully functional—and stylish—in less extreme settings. A small front stash pocket and zippered back welt pockets gives you extra storage, too.
Sizes: Waist: 28-46, Length: 28-3 | Colors: 14 total, including Trench and True Navy | Materials: 53% Elastomultiester, 47% polyester
The Lululemon Commission Slim-Fit Pant Warpstreme’s many design details create a high-quality, comfortable fit. In addition to the four-way stretch, wrinkle-resistant performance fabric, there’s also an ergonomic gusset that removes tension from the typically taut crotch area, and sporty features like a hidden zip pocket, invisible back pocket snaps and a reflective cuff detail.
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