Best Men's Chinos That Don't Scream 'Dadwear'

By Zak Maoui and Faye Fearon
25 November 2019
Style, Menswear, Pants, Dadwear, Chino, Trousers

Forget ghastly red trousers, this season designers are rehabilitating chinos for a new generation of guys and, in the process, making them more essential to your wardrobe than ever

Chances are, chinos come with a bad rep for you. Sadly, the item has come to be defined by two specific types of trousers: baggy khakis worn by your dad (usually with terrible trainers and a faded polo shirt tucked into the waistband) or "f*&k yeah, red trousers" worn by men with numerals after their name who got their start interning at their dad's bank.

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Either way, not great – which is a shame because they are quite possibly the most versatile leg-wear you can have hanging in your wardrobe, masterfully walking the line between smart and casual.

And while you might be thinking chinos are solely something that belong in your dad's wardrobe, you'd be wrong. Sure that might've once been the case, but your dad's chinos these ain't. Brands have recognised a need for the menswear hero to be given a new lease of life and chinos are no longer just something designed to wear to Henley Regatta.

Below are the best chinos you can get your legs into right now.

Ralph Lauren
Ralph Lauren knows a thing or two about Polo style. These slim-fit chinos slot right into the essential section of your wardrobe – style them with a black turtleneck for an easy communication of elegance. $160 at

Younger brother of H&M, Cos is our go-to for smart separates that won't break the bank, but will still look as good as those sought after designer pieces. Clean and classic, these brushed-down black chino trousers are an essential starting point for a well-crafted outfit (night or day). $76 at

Who says chinos always have to hit the lighter end of the spectrum? Not Noah, who's injecting a dose of romanticism into our winter wardrobes through these pleated brushed burgundy trousers. $296 at

Slim fit chinos by Boss
These cotton chinos are a wardrobe essential and will really help you nail the rising camel trend. Pair with a white T-shirt for an easy spring look. $114 at

Logo chinos by Gucci
As Gucci goes, these aren't actually as in-your-face as expected. The logo detailing is subtle, but will still remind anyone walking behind you that you're wearing a pair of Gucci chinos. $572 at

Chinos by Moncler
You might think of Moncler for its chunky outerwear, but when it comes down to it, the popular brand does a very nice pair of chinos as well. Made from 97 per cent cotton, 3 per cent elastane, these have just the right amount of stretch to keep you comfortable. $315 at

Skinny chinos by Topman
Back in 2011 Topman heralded the resurgence of chinos. If you needed teal chinos, they had 'em. Yellow? You betcha. Well for us, the high street brand is a good go-to for a quick fix that won't leave a dent in your savings account. $32 at

Cotton and linen chinos by Ermenegildo Zegna
These are for the summer months, gents. Crafted in a cotton and linen blend, these are breathable and light, meaning they're perfect for that summer jaunt to Lake Como. $443 at

Slim-fit stretch-cotton chinos by Ted Baker
Pair with a shirt for an easy 'lax office look. $114 at

Via British GQ