Chino fabric, that cotton twill that’s brought with it so much history in terms of style, is a well-dressed guy’s best friend in any season — but perhaps spring and summer most of all. To be clear: although chino is a type of fabric, khaki is a color (and more specifically, a type of chino), yet some brands still call this pant style a khaki. Either way: when you’re tired of throwing on dark denim or even a pair of colored jeans, chinos can prove a worthy substitute in any season — especially in a neutral color and comfortable fabric. Five pairs that you can wear with everything from a tailored blazer to a laidback pocket T-shirt are below.
Bonobos Washed Chinos
We start things off with the brand that staked its name on the quality and fit of its pants. Plenty swear by these pairs no matter the season — the washed fabric is highly comfortable, the color offerings are versatile, and fit has also won over many a customer. The price is a bit up there for one pair of pants, but nowhere near as spendy as other options.
Buy It Now: $88
Apolis Standard Issue Utility Chino
While at first glance these might just look like plain old khakis, this pair from Apolis are anything but. They’re crafted from a thicker cotton canvas that should withstand a beating and also prove versatile throughout the seasons — the craftsmanship and price should hopefully see to that. I could see these working with a white henley or a pair of navy suede sneakers particularly well.
Buy It Now: $138
Grayers Newport Slim Chino in Sky Blue
Who says every pair of chinos needs to be tan or navy? This pair from Grayers offers up a slim pair in a spring and summer-appropriate shade of blue with some more unique touches like flap pockets (those ultimately make these more casual). This is the kind of pair of chinos you wear with an easygoing T-shirt and some beat-up white sneakers to a summer barbecque.
Buy It Now: $88
Band of Outsiders Army Green Chino
Band of Outsiders has nailed a sort of quirky, preppy nerd-chic aesthetic — and these chinos definitely fit that same mold. They have a tailored yet clean (not ultra-skinny cut), so it shouldn’t be too difficult to dress them up or down. The olive green color is every bit as versatile as khaki or navy, too. Limited sizing is available as of now, and that price point leaves little breathing room.
Buy It Now: $265
GAP Khaki in Skinny Fit
While GAP has taken its fair share of blows over the years, some of the pieces it produces (like this Mac jacket) do turn heads for their simple construction and style. Available in a lighter cream khaki color as well as a darker caramel hue (not to mention black), GAP’s khakis are, thankfully, slimmer this time around than in past iterations. The price is very agreeable, and an in-between shade like the ones shown here can play well with everything from a navy polo to a V-neck sweater later this year.
Buy It Now: $59.95