A quality pair of chinos are an excellent addition to any man’s wardrobe as they can add an extra level of sophistication to your unique style.
Whether you are big and tall, short and small, or somewhere in the middle, we will take a look at some of the most popular chinos in this guide. Not only will we review a variety of chinos that work for all body shapes, but we’ll also look at chinos at different price points, cuts, and the materials they were made from.
Here are the best ones currently available:
4 Quick Tips for Buying Chinos
1. Pant Fit
Here’s a quick primer on the different fits available:
- Skinny: With a narrow leg opening and a narrow seat in the pants, this cut leaves very little room for excess fabric or movement. We think this cut is best for thinner men as it accentuates the body.
- Slim: Ample room in the seat of the pants. Below the knee, these pants have a very slight tapered cut making the leg opening smaller. It is one of the most popular pant fits and is well suited for average-built men.
- Tailored: Bridging the gap between skinny and slim pant fits, a tailored fit has a slightly narrow (not as aggressive as skinny) seat in the pants. The legs below the knee are also tapered somewhat like a slim fit.
- Athletic: Extra room on both the seat and the leg openings; the athletic pant fit is excellent for muscular or larger built men. The extra space won’t restrict movement when walking or bending over.
- Relaxed: Like the athletic pant, the relaxed fit has extra room in both the seat and thigh area. The leg opening on these pants, however, are slightly tapered.
- Straight: No modifications to either the seat or leg opening; the straight-cut pant doesn’t taper at all. This is one of the least flattering and least recommended pant fits as no men are built straight up and down.
One of the unique qualities of chinos is that they can be a subtle way to express your unique sense of style. Also, unlike denim jeans that only come in shades of blue, chinos come in a wide variety of colors. If it’s your first pair, get a conservative, neutral color like navy or gray. If this is your second or third pair, have some fun with a bold color for the weekends or casual Fridays.
3. Pocket Liner
While color is one way to express your style, another is with the inner pocket liner. Whether it’s for your front or back pockets, companies make various liners, typically in either floral or geometric shapes.
4. Stretch Fabric
Some companies, such as Bonobos, add a touch of Lycra (which is essentially spandex) to provide some extra stretch to the fabric. This can increase comfort by allowing the material to have a little give when walking or simply bending over.
The Best Chinos for Men Reviewed
1. Best Overall: Bonobos Men’s Chinos
As we recently covered in our review of Bonobos, Andy Dunn & co. shot up to fame with their chinos through their unique (and comfortable) curved waistbands.
While Andy Dunn has since departed the company, and they have become a subsidiary of Walmart when they were bought outright in 2017, they still know how to make a terrific chino.
Carrying forward on their impressive legacy, the Bonobos chinos of today are still one of the best picks with a price under $100.
Pictured above are their popular stretched-washed chinos. Relying on a material that is comprised of 98% cotton and 2% lycra, you will have a pair of pants that is not only both breathable and durable but the touch of lycra that gives a little bit of stretch.
So, whether you are bending over, doing a quick jog, or simply crouching, you don’t have to worry about these pants restricting movement or splitting at all.
Of course, given that Bonobos made a mark with their curved waistband chinos back in the day, they still employ this same unique level of craftsmanship.
Now on to the color, pant fit, and sizes available.
Bonobos currently offer up their Stretch Washed Chino in 20 unique colors – making it one of the widest selections out there.
Within each color, you have a variety of pant fits, which include the following:
This makes it truly a unique pant for all leg shapes.
In addition to the pant fit, they offer the following waist and length sizes:
- Waist: 28” to 40”
- Length: 26” to 36”
Perfect for most men out there.
While they push the envelope when it comes to chinos priced under $100 (they currently retail for $98), we think the comfort of the curved waistband, along with the balanced composition of materials, make them a great selection that you will be happy with.
- Fabric: 98% Cotton / 2% Lycra
- Colors: 20
- Extras: Pocket liner design (2 total)
- Waist Range: 28” to 40”
- Length Range: 26” to 36”
- One of the most comfortable chinos made
- A little bit of stretch increases comfort
- Variety of pant fits available for all leg-builds
- Not much for customization
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2. Best Under $50: Match Men Slim Chinos
One of the most popular chinos is also coincidentally one of the most affordable chinos to make our list.
Made by Match Men is this low-priced (under $50) pair of chinos that delivers the basics you need to feel confident in your style.
What really sets this brand apart from many others on our list is the color selection.
Available in 45 different colors (yes, you read that right), it is one of the most colorful selections on our list.
So, whether you are an Army Gray or Stone Red kind of guy, you should have no problem finding a color that fits your own unique tastes.
Color aside, this pant is composed of 98% cotton and 2% spandex, giving it an identical composition to some of the other higher-end chinos on our list.
While these chinos are absent of any design or customization choices, the styles that Match Men did go with are fairly conservative (single welt back pocket, zip fly, button closure, and a typical slant pocket on the front) – making them suitable for any occasion.
Inevitably, given that these are priced competitively, there is one major compromise with them – the inseam length.
While the waist is available in sizes ranging from 29” to 42”, these pants are only made in one length — 31”.
Now, many men may dismiss them immediately, but here’s why you should still consider them:
Chinos aren’t intended to be worn like denim jeans; instead, they should be worn nearly straight down from the knee to the ankle (maybe a half to one fold/break-in fabric that rests on your shoes).
Therefore, 31” is likely going to be too long for most men – if you are looking to wear your chinos properly. This means that if you decide on these chinos, you should probably take them to the tailor once you get them.
This way they will be sized appropriately.
- Fabric: 98% Cotton / 2% Spandex
- Colors: 45
- Extras: None
- Waist Range: 29” to 42”
- Length Range: 31”
- Really affordable without compromising on quality
- Variety of waist sizes available
- Color selection is best in class
- Must be hemmed upon purchase
What You Need To Know
3. Best for Big / Tall Guys: Tommy Hilfiger Big & Tall Chino Pants
For the larger built men out there, the Tommy Hilfiger Big & Tall chino pants are a combination of brand heritage and craftsmanship that has been put together to make a great pair of chinos.
Relying on a blend of 97% cotton and a slightly higher concentration of spandex (3%) compared to other chinos on our list gives these pants just a touch more stretch, making them perfect for active larger men.
The added spandex provides just enough give in the fabric that will not cause the pants to stretch out or tear when simply doing a short jog or bending over.
While some companies offer their chinos in 45 different colors, Tommy Hilfiger keeps it classic with only six different colors – which include the following:
- Bayhead Blue
- Bright White
- Mallet (Tan/Brown)
- Drizzle R (off white)
- Navy Blazer
- Sand Khaki
All of the above are conservative picks that can easily be dressed up or down without looking out of place.
But where these chinos really set themselves apart is when it comes to sizing.
Tommy Hilfiger makes these chinos in the following ranges for both waist and inseam:
- Waist: 36” to 58”
- Inseam: 30” to 38”
This is truly a pair of chinos that was made for the man with a larger frame.
While these pants are absent of any superfluous extras (i.e., custom pocket liners, pocket shape selection, etc.), they deliver a great pair of pants at an affordable price.
- Fabric: 97% Cotton / 3% Spandex
- Colors: 6
- Extras: None
- Waist Range: 36” to 58”
- Length Range: 30” to 38”
- Best for big or tall guys
- Conservative color selection works for any scenario
- Quality materials that compliment natural movement
- Color selection absent of any bold choices normally associated with chinos
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4. Best for Short Guys: Goodthreads Slim Fit Chino Pant for Men
One of Amazon’s hottest private label brands, Goodthreads strikes a perfect balance when it comes to their chino offering.
While they have several sizes that will fit the average man’s frame, we want to take a look at their lower end of the spectrum to their more modest sizes.
With a waist starting from 28” and an inseam also starting at 28”, they provide a terrific pair of chinos that will work with a lot of guys out there looking for smaller chinos.
Putting these measurements into context, the highly respected brand Peter Manning also starts their waist sizes at 28” for its classic fit chinos. While the Peter Manning inseams do start a few inches shorter, 26” to be precise, the Goodthreads can be taken to your local tailor and get hemmed accordingly if you are looking for a shorter chino.
While the size measurements on the Goodthreads chinos are terrific, the composition of the materials is equally great — 99% cotton and 1% elastane, giving this chino just a bit of natural stretch.
Furthermore, the colors available are also strong. With 12 different colors, you shouldn’t have a problem finding a few pairs that will compliment your style.
Lastly, the fit on the chino pictured above is slim, giving the chinos a slightly tapered look while still not calling attention to a smaller frame.
- Fabric: 99% Cotton / 1% Spandex
- Colors: 12
- Extras: None
- Waist Range: 28” to 42”
- Length Range: 28” to 36”
- Competitively priced
- Quality sourced materials
- Waist and inseam great for slightly smaller men
What You Need To Know
From customization of the buttons to having your initials monogrammed on the inside waistband, there is no beating what Indochino brings to the table when it comes to a quality pair of chinos.
While “chino” is part of the brand name itself, this is surprisingly not how this company became so popular over the past few years.
We discovered in our review of Indochino that they are mostly known for their custom-made suits.
What sets them apart from most other suit companies was their level of customer service and how much you are a part of the design process.
Take, for instance, the Houndslow Navy Chino. When selected, you can customize the following:
- Pleats (none or one)
- Monogram (style and color)
- Hem (blind hem, cuff, or topstitch)
- Pocket lining (match chino color or three different gingham colors)
- Side pockets (slanted or slanted-wide)
- Back pockets (jetted pockets (with buttons), welt pockets (no buttons), flap pockets (with buttons)
- Button color (four to choose from)
Now worrying about the side pocket slants might be a bit too much…
…and that’s completely ok.
Indochino offers preset options that you can go with, ensuring that you don’t commit any fashion faux pas.
But to have the flexibility in button colors or pocket lining is a slick little way that you can tie your wardrobe colors together in a nice way (i.e., match a gingham pocket liner with your favorite button-down for effortless color coordination).
Now that you customize your chinos in many ways, one would think that this service would easily cost anywhere between $150 to $200.
But this is where Indochino really delivers.
Their chinos, along with the customizations, will set you back about $80, making it a steal.
One noticeable feature missing when ordering a pair of chinos from Indochino is the lack of waist or length measurements – this is by design.
Each pair of chinos are made to order. Therefore, after purchasing, you supply the measurements for your legs in order to get the perfect pair delivered to your door.
While their shipping can get to be a bit pricey ($20 per order < $150), we do recommend that you try and double up on your cart to get free shipping.
- Fabric: 100% Cotton
- Colors: 6
- Extras: Customizations galore
- Waist Range: Custom fit
- Length Range: Custom fit
- Amazing customization process
- Quality materials
- Lots of extras usually found in pricier chinos
- Long shipping time (~ 2 weeks)
What You Need To Know
Shawn Burns is the founder and senior editor of Tools of Men. He started this site with the goal of teaching men proper grooming habits and sensible style. Shawn’s expertise includes in-depth product reviews and how-to articles. Shawn was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal for his expertise.