We’re going to say something bold: Chinos are having a moment. Yes, those lightweight pants that are kind-of slacks (slacks!), kind-of khakis are reclaimed for spring—think Jennifer Aniston in almost every off-duty photo.
The thing about chinos is that they never really went away—you can count on brands like Gap and J.Crew to always have them in stock—but suddenly, the soft cotton bottoms feel renewed for the season cut with wider-legs, in slouchier fits, and with unexpected detail.
Coming in both neutral tones and soft pastels, chinos deliver an easy fit—they have a comfortable, breathable goodness to them that makes it feel as though you’re wearing pajamas, but they’re acceptable for public (and more tailored than leggings).
The key is styling chinos to appear modern. For a polished approach, try a tailored style with sleek pumps and a fitted knit. Give them a girly effect by pairing with a puff-shoulder top and lace-up sandals (or, try a PVC sandal if you’re feeling particularly trend-forward and saucy). When it comes to a slouchier fit, aim for a high-rise waist for balance and finish with pristine sneakers or sleek slides. If you go for the laid-back look, consider a pair with unique detailing like a double waistband, contrasting waist-tie, or in a punchy pastel hue.
Think you’re game for a chino pant? Here, take your pick from ten fresh pairs for every budget and style.
The Updated Chino Pant
Frayed hems and a graphic drawstrings give this pair forward feel.
It doesn’t get prettier than pale lilac.
Subtle pleats make a very strong case for punchy peach.
The fashion-girl way to do the low-slung chino.
Who knew a high-rise waist and wide-leg could feel so effortless?
A sailor-style crop appears tailored and prim.
We’re feeling a utilitarian effect from these cropped dusty blues.
Part chino, part sweatpants? Yes, please.
Wide cuffs give this pretty pink pair modern edge.
A perfect example of how a neat fit can still appear relaxed.