Pants for men is a broad umbrella term that encompasses several different styles. You’ve got dress pants, jeans, chinos to start you off, but you can delve further into the pants rabbit hole with options such as beach pants, joggers and even cargo pants, for example. What these all have in common is their ability to not only transform your wardrobe, leaving you prepared for any situation – be it work, play or travel – but they can do so with very little hassle.
Once you have a solid selection of pants lined up in your closest, you also have the tools required to begin experimenting with various outfit combinations, whereby you can eventually become the king of style town. There are, however, some key factors to consider before you head out shopping, which we’ll now explain in great detail.
The way the fabric hugs (or doesn’t hug) your body is crucial. If your trousers don’t fit correctly it won’t matter what brand, material or colour the pants are, they’re quite simply going to suck. Ensure that your waist fits in the waistband and that there isn’t too much or too little fabric in the other key areas (glutes, thighs and calves).
For most people this shouldn’t be an issue, however, if you know you are smaller or larger in some areas bear that in mind when purchasing trousers and pick a fit (wide, tapered, slim, straight or skinny) that you know will suit your body shape. The fit you go for will undoubtedly be dictated by the current on-trend styles. Skinny pants, for example, are slowly being phased out in favour of slimmer fits for their improved comfort (much to the benefit of the Crown Jewels).
If you are really concerned about the fit, simply check the size guide available for most products.
The style of the pants is composed of fit, fabric, colour, pattern. For example, some dark green linen trousers with a drawstring waist will be fantastic for your next tropical getaway with sandals, however, they simply will not fly in the office.
Similarly, some tapered, woollen navy trousers with side adjustors will look sharp in the board room with a suit, however, trying to dress them down with white sneakers could make you look out of place.
Try to think about all the aspects of the trousers to work out when they would be appropriate to wear. If you’re looking for something that is appropriate for all occasions, consider a pair of chinos or any other trouser that has a tapered fit.
Get that right and you’re ready for our selection of killer brands that offer quality trousers for any occasion.
Founded by none other than world champion surfer Kelly Slater, Outerknown is a brand committed to style and sustainability. With clothing made from organic cotton, you can be sure you'll be doing some good for the planet while also investing in some surf-inspired and summer-approved pants.
Everlane is a huge favourite of ours here at DMARGE. The retailer uses sustainable materials and ethical practices across the entire business, and the clothes they produce are second-to-none. Plenty of research goes into developing fabrics, and the pants range, as an example, benefits greatly. Well-fitting and available in a huge range of colours, Everlane's pants are an affordable option for those who want to look good, and do some good for the environment.
Ministry of Supply
Ministry of Supply are everything you could want from a modern menswear brand. They make great quality men's pants in a range of fits and sizes. They're also 100% carbon offset and all garments are durability tested to ensure great quality.
Flint & Tinder
Flint & Tinder is a brand conceived by outerwear specialist retailer Huckberry. Understanding what it takes for a product to be tough, rugged and timeless, Flint & Tinder's range of pants is one not to be missed. Benefitting from a specially-developed fabric called Warp-Stretch, Flint & Tinder's range of pants and chinos stretch vertically, as opposed to horizontally, thereby conforming more with your body's natural movement, resulting in greater comfort. A wide range of colours and fits is available too, so finding the perfect pair for you should be a doddle.
American clothing company Rhone burst onto the scene a few years ago with an incredible range of activewear. Since then, the brand has expanded into other areas of men's clothing, including pants. Taking its experience in activewear and performance fabrics, the brand's pants collection promises all-day comfort and stretch in all the right places. Fabrics are lightweight and breathable, and offer a wholly modern take on what men's pants should be.
Canadian clothing brand Lululemon is one of the standout performers in the activewear space. Initially associated with yoga, Lululemon is now a one-stop shop for the vast majority of training needs, with a comprehensive everyday wear collection of clothing to boot. Sweatpants, workout pants and casual pants, you'll find them all here, and all benefit from the company's own ABC Technology which promises all-day comfort.
Tommy John started life as an underwear brand, with the founding team wanting to perfect the humble boxer brief to be the most comfortable around. With that taken care of, Tommy John set about perfecting other areas of clothing, such as pants. With cargo pants and everyday pants on the books, Tommy John uses premium materials throughout, and adds extra features such as water-repellant layers, reflective detailing for night-time walking and breathability so any moisture is quickly wicked away. They're practically perfect in every way.
When all else fails, you can just go to GAP. Why? Becuase they have every fit when it comes to men's pants. Wide, relaxed, skinny, straight.... you get the picture. They're affordable too which makes their offering all the better.
Quince is a relatively new brand on our radar here at DMARGE, but we're already pretty smitten. Offering similar, or better quality products than its peers, Quince somehow manages to undercut the vast majority of them in the pricing stakes. , meaning you can get classic chinos made from organic cotton or joggers made from cashmere for prices that will make you wonder how the company turns a profit. Check them out for yourself, you won't regret it.
Mavi was founded in Istanbul in 1991 yet somehow went under our radar here at DMARGE. We're not entirely sure how, as the brand produces some incredibly fine pairs of pants, jeans, shorts and other clothing essentials. No matter what style of fit you're after, whether it be slim, skinny, straight or wide to name a few, Mavi stocks them, and you'll find a range of materials including their own soft twill that has a hint of stretch and exceptional softness. Best of all, Mavi's pants are comfortably affordable, and offer a genuine alternative to some of the other brands on this list.
American clothing label J. Crew is the trustworthy option when you're simply after affordable, reliable basics. Ticking off the essential styles and colours with ease, J. Crew's pants are some we feel every guy should have in their wardrobe. Quality fabrics feature across the entire range, so you can be sure they'll last a lifetime.
German high-end clothing brand Hugo Boss occupies the perfect space between high-street and luxury fashion. While some brands that are considered high-end are out of the reach for many consumers, Hugo Boss keeps prices are much more attainable level, yet quality doesn't suffer as a result. And, being Boss, you just know the majority of clothing can be worn up or down, and no matter which you lean towards, you'll be looking your damn finest.
Another brand synonymous with workout gear but has made the leap into everyday fashion is Oliver's Apparel. In a similar vein to Rhone, Oliver's takes all its expertise with active wear and channels it into pants you can easily wear on a daily basis. This means you get durable fabrics that offer plenty of stretch for freer movement. Select pairs also offer a water-repellent finish, making them suitable for hikes and camping, while others use exclusive fabrics sourced from Japan for those wanting a more premium option.
American menswear brand American Giant offers guys a good-looking collection of clothing, all of which is designed and made in the USA, resulting in fantastic quality. The company has several pant styles which offer their own take on the chino and denim, but are made from highly durable fabrics that are also wind-resistant and wrinkle-free.
A brand for those with a spiritual side and with a keen appreciation for all things yoga, Vuori's pants are made with performance, comfort and movement in mind. While you will find chino-style pants in their collections, the brand would love to point your attention to their range of sweat-style pants and joggers, which you can tell are extremely comfortable just by looking at them.
An American clothing brand if ever there was one, Buck Mason takes the timeless styles favoured by guys and produces them to their own specification and from their own fabrics. There's nothing overly fancy about Buck Mason's clothing, but therein lies its strength, it simply offers everything you need with exceptional quality, and nothing that you don't. Perfectly affordable and made to last, we seriously encourage you to check out the range.
San Francisco-based Mission Workshop may charge slightly more for their pants than some other brands on this list, but your investment is certainly rewarded with some of the absolute best pants anywhere on the planet. The vast majority of the range has been designed to be put through its paces, and so is incredibly durable (military-grade in fact) as a result. You'll also find many pairs have been given a water-repellent finish and stretch in the places you need it most to benefit from all-day comfort and totally free movement.
American clothing label Saturdays NYC is one of those that is simply too cool for school. The brand keeps the number of pieces within each clothing category to a minimum to increase the appeal of exclusivity, and while they may borrow from traditional silhouettes, Saturdays NYC makes pieces all their own, whether it be unique colours or subtle features that distinguish them from a crowded market.
Club Monaco, contrary to the name is a Canadian clothing retailer owned by Ralph Lauren. What is true to the name is the high end nature of their products. Their relaxed styling and great selection of fabrics including linens, cottons and blends is at the height of casual cool. If you're headed to a warmer destination, but love trousers, look no further.
US sportswear giant Under Armour, we feel, designs some of the better looking sportswear out there among the big name brands. Sleek, suave and sophisticated are some words we'd use to describe them, and it's definitely a brand for those who are serious about sport. The brand's pants collection is teeming with options, from sweatpants, to dedicated warm-up pants to those designed specifically for golf. Everything has a sporty persuasion no doubt, but it has the performance and quality to match.
This family-run brand founded by brothers Alex and Mike is on a constant mission to produce sustainable clothing that looks and feels great, and that doesn't cost you the earth. Faherty's pants collection is pretty on-point, with classic 5-pocket styles, joggers and sweatpants all making an appearance. You'll also find traveler pants, which are designed to offer room to breathe and to move when on-the-go, perfect for those with an active lifestyle.
Mack Weldon is another clothing brand to incorporate more technical fabrics into its pieces. Gone are the days of heavyweight pants that drag you down and become virtually impossible to move in when they get wet, and in come materials such as those used here. Many of Mack Weldon's pairs of pants use a blend of polyester and spandex for lightweight stretch, and are treated with a weather-resistant layer to keep you moving in all eventualities (or to simply be resistant to stains). You'll soon wonder how you ever lived without them.
While Dutch brand is easily best known for its range of quality denim jeans, being a master pants producer, offer men other alternatives in the trouser department. Expect to find a broad range of contemporary and classic styles in an assortment of colours that continue to exhibit the quality the brand has become renowned for, at affordable prices.
Based in New York, Todd Snyder is both a man and a fashion label. Before starting his own company, Snyder worked at Polo Ralph Lauren, Gap inc and J.Crew. This experience has enabled him to bring all of the qualities of big band names into his own, smaller brand whilst maintaining a focus on quality, craftsmanship and cutting edge designs.
For luxe resort-style clothing, look no further than Onia. Unmistakably minimalist in its approach to design, Onia creates some stunning pieces from high-quality fabrics that are just plain ol' comfortable. They're a particular lover of linen pants for men, so should be somewhere to checkout if you're heading somewhere warm, but for the colder months, Onia's joggers and sweatpants are a faultless option.
Swimwear extraordinaire Fair Harbor may be the brand to know when it comes to aqua-loving clothing, but the same dedication to comfort and quality has been applied to its only pair of pants. As with all it shorts, Fair Harbor's pants are made from recycled bottles, and have a good amount of spandex for stretch. You can have them with or without the company's super comfortable boxer brief liner too (we think you should) turning them into the ultimate pair of evening and weekend pants.
Japanese clothing retailer Uniqlo specialises in affordable basics made well. Clothing collections rotate on a regular basis to adapt to the seasons, so it's always worth keeping an eye on the website to see what's new, even if it's just a few new colours. As for Uniqlo's pants collection, your options are almost endless, whether you want something for casual or for work. Fits are varied too, from slim to regular to wide, and no matter what you opt for, you can be safe in the knowledge they're made to a high quality that belies their low price tag.
Frescobol Carioca is a Brazilian menswear firm that create gorgeous 'resort' style wear. Heavily influenced by Brazil and it's climate you wouldn't think they have the knack for trousers, but their cool, nonchalant style is carried through.
Abercrombie & Fitch
US clothing stalwart Abercrombie & Fitch was once a brand only worn by guys with incredibly lean physiques who wanted to squeeze themselves into skinny jeans during the day and lounge around in sweatpants in the evening. We're happy to report that is no longer the case, as Abercrombie is now a brand to be enjoyed by everyone, and we really do mean enjoyed. Clothing is still as stylish as ever, but now comes in a variety of new fits and colours to cater to all tastes. Their signature denim jeans still remain, which have an effortless laidback cool to them, and their sweatpants are supremely soft. Throw in some chinos for smarter looks and you have yourself a well-rounded capsule collection.
Originally famous for their ultra luxe swimwear, Orlebar Brown also makes a great range of trousers. Known for their chrome finished 'side adjustors' Orlebar Brown carries the same super luxe ethos to trousers which would all look great on a superyacht of your choosing.