If you don’t own a pair of chinos then it’s time to question your men’s fashion life choices. Well-fitting chinos are a staple wardrobe item for any man and they’re perfect for smart casual duties, not to mention they’re incredibly easy for any guy to wear.
Whether you use chinos to break up a suit or pair with a simple polo shirt, their versatility in the modern menswear space is unrivaled.
But since they’re such a popular choice for men of all shapes, finding brands that work for you can be a minefield.
So we’ve put together the ultimate guide to best men’s chinos and singled out the brands you need to know.
US retailer Everlane is committed to producing clothes in sustainable and ethical ways. Not only are the materials it uses of high-quality, but the company is also completely transparent about the factories it employs. A comprehensive selection of chinos comprise a range of fits and materials, including the ultra lightweight Air Chino.
Editor’s note: “I wear Everlane as my every work pant. For the price, I think they’re the best chinos going around.”
Outerknown is the clothing brand created by world champion surfer Kelly Slater, founded with the intention to combine clothing reflective of surf culture but made in the most sustainable ways possible. The brand’s version of the chino pant is the S.E.A Legs, which are made from 98 per cent organic cotton. Throw in a range of colours and a supersoft feel and you’ll not only look good, but feel good about the benefits they bring to the planet.
Mott & Bow
Founded in 2013, Mott & Bow is a premium clothing brand who create elevated basics at affordable prices. The brand is mostly known for their extremely comfortable and well-made jeans, as founder Alejandro Chahin spent most of his life working with denim at his family’s denim manufacturing facility. However, Mott & Bow, also make high-quality relaxed chinos, tees, shirts, and sweaters.
Mott & Bow’s chinos are made from comfortable and stretchy fabric for a stylish fit that’s neither too tight or too loose in the right places. Plus, they’re versatile enough to wear on dressier occasions, as well as casual enough for the weekends. Durable, easy to care for, and affordable, Mott & Bow make some seriously impressive chinos.
Bonobos was born because founders, Andy Dunn & Brian Spaly, couldn’t find men’s pants that fit (they were either too tight or too boxy) and wanted to fix this common problem men face while shopping. They fixed it with their not-so-secret secret: all Bonobos’ pants have a curved waistband that conforms to the natural shape of men’s waists.
Therefore it’s safe to say that Bonobos produce some of the best, most comfortable chinos. Available in a wide variety of fits, styles, and awesome colours, you’ll look and feel good in any pair of Bonobos slim-fit chinos.
Rhone is a brand that diversifies seamlessly between everyday casual wear and clothing more suited to the gym. It’s with this in mind that pieces such as the Commuter Pant are created, blending a stylish silhouette that wouldn’t look out of place in the office or at a bar for date night, with a lightweight, breathable fabric that allows you to move about freely – just maybe don’t try working out in them.
Ministry of Supply
Sustainable and carbon neutral and stylish. What more could you ask for? Ministry of Supply is making high quality men’s chinos without the massive price tag. Garments are tested for durability so you don’t rip the arse out of them.
Hailing from San Francisco, Quince knows a thing or two about modern professional style. With start-up companies and campuses at every turn, nailing the smart casual style is paramount. It’s with this in mind that you’ll find an extensive selection of chinos in a variety of fits and fabrics, but all with the common goal of offering comfort, durability and breathability. All the essential colours are present and correct, but the real selling point is the price, coming in well below its closest rivals, yet offering similar if not greater quality. Sign us up.
Olivers might be a brand more suited to all things athletic, but that hasn’t stopped it from creating a line of clothing that can easily be worn on a daily basis. Its athletic knowhow is channelled into said everyday wear, including the Charter chino, which is made from a Japanese stretch chino twill cotton, providing both a soft, comfortable fit with the ability to stretch and retain its shape.
Canadian athletic giant Lululemon is also one to cater to life away from fitness-based activities with a range of clothing for everyday wear.
That includes the Commission Pant, Lululemon’s take on the classic chino made from a proprietary Warpstreme fabric, designed to offer the ultimate in comfort and stretch chino. Hidden pockets keep the slim fit and, in the company’s words, they feature “anti-ball-crushing technology”, so every bit of you has room to breathe.
Flint & Tinder
Flint & Tinder is a clothing brand stocked exclusively by Huckberry. The online retailer only selects brands of the highest quality and those that produce their wares in sustainable ways. Flint & Tinder therefore, is the perfect fit. The brand makes its chinos in the US out of a lightweight, breathable fabric, meaning they could become the most comfortable pair of pants you’ve ever owned.
American fashion label Todd Snyder is definitely one you want to add to your list of regular shopping destinations. Pieces, including chinos, are made from some of the finest materials – in the case of chinos, it’s Japanese selvedge – and offer an elevated sense of style some other brands find hard to replicate. All the essential colours are covered, with some seasonal variations thrown in for good measure.
This super-trendy lifestyle brand hails from (as its name suggests) New York City. Being founded in the trendy district of SoHo has allowed Saturdays NYC to produce a line of clothing that has instant appeal to the majority of modern consumers. The company’s John chino epitomises this, coming in the sweet spot of fits and being available in only the colours you’d really want to wear.
J. Crew is synonymous with US preppy culture and wouldn’t look out of place during a weekend trip to your family’s lake house. It’s perhaps no surprise to learn the US clothier has an extensive range of chinos, available in a number of different fits. All styles, however, benefit from the company’s Stretch On Demand fabric technology that provides extra flexibility only when you need it.
British outfitter AllSaints are the kings of effortless cool. The vast majority of the label’s collections are menswear essentials such as t-shirts, jeans and shirts, and most are minimal in their aesthetic too, with the odd graphic or pattern thrown in. But there’s something about AllSaints’ essentials that go that bit beyond your run-of-the-mill
Online retailer Huckberry specialises in sourcing sustainable clothing to stock its site, and has now gone down the route of creating its own fashion label to fill it even further. Wellen is the result, and is a brand that uses recycled materials to produce its clothing range. The Playa Stretch chinos are an example of that, being made from 98 per cent organic cotton. They’re offered in a straight fit leg style and have a good amount of stretch to help you when you’re running for the train to work.
If you don’t already know about Japanese brand Uniqlo, then we seriously recommend you add it to your list of go-to retailers. The company ticks off virtually all the menswear essentials and better yet, they’re all made to a seriously high quality that belies their price tags. Uniqlo’s chino range encompasses, skinny, slim and regular fits, all available in a number of colour choices. The company also offers a tailoring service to help you get the perfect fit.
O.N.S is another New York-based fashion label that sells its clothing predominantly online. Its city heritage is the inspiration for its clothing, being designed to offer superior fits and fabrics for the man about town. The Modern chino will happily accompany you from boardroom to bar throughout the year, thanks to its lightweight cotton fabric that will keep you cool during the summer months.
Warp + Weft
Warp + Weft is a family-owned denim business that has been in business for over 30 years. Not only is its textile mill one of the largest, but it’s also incredibly eco-friendly, using over 100 times less water than other companies to produce its jeans. With the SJC chino, you’re able to select from a wide range of waist fits and inseam lengths to truly customise your own pair, and they’re made from a FlexTwill fabric technology to ensure they don’t lose their shape.
Canadian clothier Club Monaco is a brand that has become associated with urban style, and since its founding has been acquired by Ralph Lauren, which only cements it as being a brand of quality. The Connor chino has been designed to be a wardrobe staple all year, coming in a mid-weight cotton fabric to help regulate temperature, and with a hint of stretch to keep you moving freely.
Rag & Bone
New York clothier Rag & Bone has only been in the game since 2002, but has already established itself as a must-own brand. Its clothing range is unmistakably New York, offering consumers a somewhat edgy vibe, but one that covers all the menswear essentials. Rag & Bone’s chino range comprises multiple fits and colours, and are made from a Japanese twill fabric, meaning they’ll be supremely comfortable and hold their shape.
Perk is an elevated basics brand for busy men that need reliable, all day comfort and don’t believe in distractions. Perk’s chinos are engineered to stay soft and fit perfectly, so unlike your typical pair of pants, you’ll be wearing these all day. Available in six timeless colours, these cotton chinos will soon become your new favourites.