At some point, the chino transitioned from workwear to office wear. Perhaps it was due to the rise of Casual Friday, but the de facto on-duty uniform for many men is a dress shirt and a pair of chinos. While there’s nothing wrong with that, the execution of this outfit is often shoddy due to ill-fitting chinos (and billowy shirts, but that’s for another time). Finding the right chinos can be a difficult task, especially when you’re on a budget. That said, quality examples are readily available for less than $40 — and their tapered legs pull double duty at work or on the weekend.
Dockers D1 Slim-Fit Pant
These aren’t your dad’s Dockers, the triple-pleated disasters that were ubiquitous in the 1990s and early aughts. The D1’s slim fit is a step forward for the classic chino brand, and features a trim and tapered silhouette that’s work appropriate.
Olive Drab Military BDU Pants
The cargo pockets on these military pants might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but tapered cargo pants are back in style. Why not go straight to the source for an affordable pair? This is the style designers have ripped off the past couple years. Best of all, you can get it for one-tenth of the price.
Uniqlo Vintage Chino
Members of our team have owned Uniqlo chinos that have lasted more than three years. If you buy these and wear them once a week, that leads to a cost-per-wear of $0.26. If that’s not a steal, what is?.