Men’s denim is almost always a great option for whatever the occasion. Styles like straight leg or slim leg jeans are comfortable, versatile, and flattering. However, you need more than a pair (or two) of great jeans in your closet.
The best chinos make for an excellent, go-to alternative to denim. The classic look of a men's straight-leg chino can go from casual to formal for any occasion, and ours are made of a lightweight twill fabric that’s perfect for year-round wear.
Let’s dive into what defines the best chinos for men and how you can wear this classic style any time of year.
What to look for in the Best Mens Chinos
Making sure your chinos fit properly is the best way to avoid the “dad pant” look. Most pairs – whether a mens bootcut chinos or a slimmer style – are defined by their lightweight twill fabrication and look of a classic trouser. Then, pairs can vary based on cut, color, and style. So, how should the best chinos fit?
Wearing Chinos at the Waist
Look for a pair of chinos with a regular or mid rise. You want them to feel like they fall naturally at your waist, neither sagging too low or rising too high.
If you’re looking for the best chinos in a regular rise, try an option like our Johnny Slim Chino in Downtown Brown Twill. The 10.5” mid rise and slim leg ensure maximum comfort while still looking sleek and tailored in ultra-soft brushed twill and a brown wash.
Finding the Right Leg Fit
Similar to the waist, getting the leg fit right in the best chinos is all about finding a pair that feels neither too constricting nor too loose.
Use your leg shape as a guide. For example, if you have slimmer legs, opt for a slim chino like Johnny Slim Chino In Deep Navy Sateen. Have larger calves? Go for the endlessly versatile Zach Straight Leg In Duffel Bag Twill.
Outfit Ideas to Wear with your Best Chinos
Though mens chinos get a reputation for being semi-formal or formal-wear only, they are actually very versatile. You don’t need to be on a golf course to rock a modern pair of chinos that look stylish, sleek, and contemporary.
Casual Chinos Outfit
To quickly take your chinos from semi-formal to casual, all you need to do is roll up the hem! Johnny Slim Chino In Dark Green Twill is a great pair to do this with. Try pairing a cuffed chino with a mens jean shirt for a complete look that’s versatile, effortless, and sophisticated all at once.
Wearing Chinos for the Office and Formal Occasions
The best chinos get their classy reputation for a reason. These sleek pants make for a great office or formal outfit when paired with a button-down shirt and tie (add a suit jacket if it’s for a classier affair!).
For a roomier, more relaxed fit that’s still an elevated look, try an athletic fit like Jeff Slim Leg In Navy Twill. The classic navy hue and streamlined leg gives these a sophisticated look that’s still super comfortable thanks to the soft twill, comfy mid rise, and roomy slim leg.
For a more modern option that’s still CEO-worthy, Johnny Slim Chino In Ebony Twill is a slim fit chino with a regular rise and an incredibly comfortable texture in a classic dark grey. It’s a timeless yet contemporary option that shows how the best chinos for men can be flattering, comfortable, and versatile.
Finding the best chinos lets you enjoy a comfortable, classic style that’s an excellent alternative to your favorite skinny jeans for men. Follow these tips to find your right fit and how to wear them for any occasion.