You’ve got slim denim, you’ve got classic chinos, you’ve got cozy sweats … but do you have a pair of the best men’s work pants (also known as chore pants)? If not, take care of that today. Chore pants and work pants serve a dual purpose, especially in fall and winter. Often made with materials like cotton canvas, the best men’s chore pants work well as rugged outdoor pants because they’re often reinforced in key areas like the knees (or crotch) for mobility and durability. Yet, rich colors and textured materials also make them an off-duty favorite, fit for wearing to your favorite bar or brewery with a chambray shirt and rugged leather boots or high-top sneakers.
Work pants aren’t just for the outdoorsman, but if that happens to be you? All the better.
What is it that we love about these canvas work pants from the lauded chino makers at Bonobos? Maybe it’s the cotton-elastane blend or the fall-friendly brown sugar color, or maybe it’s the fact that we get to add another pair of their perfectly fitting pants to our closet.
Taylor Stitch likely makes some of your favorite chinos and your favorite denim, and they’ve taken that same approach to crafting a durable-as-heck pair of chore pants. That is to say, these work pants are hard-wearing, cut to move, and are made from a blend of organic cotton and spandex, then finished off with touches like easy-entry front slash pockets and double-reinforced knees.
The folks at Flint and Tinder also make gear we wear day in and day out, from perfectly cut Oxford shirting to stylish stretch jeans. The Mill Pants also make a fine argument for why you need a pair of tough, rugged chore pants in your wardrobe this fall. The fit is tailored enough to wear with sneakers, while they also make sense paired with waterproof boots. USA-made cotton canvas and custom hardware finish ‘em off.
Affordably priced at under $90, these aren’t your dad’s Filson work pants. For one, they’re from the recently launched C.C.F. line, a sort of modern take on workwear. They’re also backed up with triple-needle stitching for maximum durability.
By far the most affordable option on this list, it’s worth picking up a pair of utility pants from a brand that also makes standout denim. These utility pants also feature a water-repellent finish for those soggy days chopping wood in the forest.
For even more workwear, check out our comparison between Filson, Patagonia, and Carhartt and see which brand comes out on top.
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