Now that we’re really rolling into spring, it’s time for a wardrobe refresh — but you don’t have to go overboard. In fact, we’d urge you to start by shopping a pair of tan chinos, the versatile workhorse that you can wear in nearly any style situation.
The best chinos to shop this spring are like your favorite denim, but better: Every bit as ready for a happy hour with a white slub tee as they are for your next big work meeting. And you’re looking at a variety of price points and styles for every taste.
Best Chinos to Shop for Spring and Summer
The folks at San Francisco-based Taylor Stitch started out doing a few things well — chinos and other men’s style essentials among them — and now, well, they do a heck of a lot of other things well too, from leather jackets to denim. But the brand’s chinos are now made with high-quality organic cotton, the same perfect fit, and the same seriously cool details like San Francisco map pocket linings.
We wholeheartedly recommend any of our picks on this list of chinos, but especially the 365 Pants. They wear like a chino, but fit like a jean, toeing the line between business casual and rugged. The fabric, a cotton-Lycra blend, is soft and comfortable, while two agreeable fits (Slim and Straight) really do offer something for everyone.
If you don’t know Outerknown, it’s time to listen up. This sustainable brand, started by legendary surfer Kelly Slater and designer John Moore, makes men’s style essentials for daily use and for more adventurous pursuits. The S.E.A. Legs Pants fall under “daily use,” and with a slim fit and soft fabric, they’re a pair of chinos we can really get behind.
We’ve long loved and recommended the Dockers Alpha Khaki for its modern-but-not-too-tight fit, plus the range of versatile, easily wearable color options, including the New British Khaki (Tan) option shown here. Wear them with a blue Oxford shirt and brown leather dress shoes.
Nearly $200 for a pair of the best tan chinos on the market? Yes, they’re worth it. These twill trousers from Save Khaki United are built to last and are ridiculously well-made, all the better for wearing with everything from a chambray shirt and brown suede chukkas to a crisp tee and grey leather sneakers.
If you’re at a loss for what to pair with your new tan chinos, check out how to combine them with a dark blazer.