The ’90s Trend That’s Making A Major Comeback

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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.

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The Updated Chino Pant

Culottes With Contrasting Ribbed Drawstrings

$36

Zara

Frayed hems and a graphic drawstrings give this pair forward feel.

Girlfriend Embroidered Stripe Chinos in Linen-Cotton

$40

Gap

It doesn’t get prettier than pale lilac.

The Slouchy Chino Pant

$58

Everlane

Subtle pleats make a very strong case for punchy peach.

Avery Chino

$208

Citizens of Humanity

The fashion-girl way to do the low-slung chino.

Le Service Trouser

$249

Frame Denim

Who knew a high-rise waist and wide-leg could feel so effortless?

Sailor Pants

$345

See by Chloe

A sailor-style crop appears tailored and prim.

Elkin Cotton-Twill Chino Trousers

$345

Rachel Comey

We’re feeling a utilitarian effect from these cropped dusty blues.

Layered Cotton-Gabardine And Stretch-Jersey Straight-Leg Pants

$350

T by Alexander Wang

Part chino, part sweatpants? Yes, please.

Madya Cotton Chino Trousers

$360

Acne Studios

Wide cuffs give this pretty pink pair modern edge.

Stretch-Cotton Straight-Leg Pants

$810

Bottega Veneta

A perfect example of how a neat fit can still appear relaxed.