Designers are loosening up the fit of your pants. Especially chinos, the casual Friday classic. Once heavy and shapeless, and more recently skinny and clingy, the newest versions introduce a slouchier, more laid-back fit. They’re typically hemmed higher, cut wider, and have a dropped crotch. And for those who prefer their khakis less vanilla still, patches, holes, and colored trim adorn some styles. The ever-so-slightly fuller proportions are anything but sloppy. Just a bit roomier and more relaxed. Think more movement and more freedom. All welcome changes when life calls for pants on a zillion degree summer day.
High waters go high fashion with tuxedo stripes and a tapered, ankle-grazing silhouette. Cuffs and creases down the front add a smart finish. Pair them with a white linen button-up and backless loafers for an easy classic look.
On the model (shown above): Gucci brushed cotton chino pants, $690; Peter Millar Seaside Collection sport shirt, $145; Polo Ralph Lauren mahogany leather belt with gold buckle, $75; and Gucci leather horsebit slippers in brown leather, $595. All from Halls Kansas City in Crown Center.
1. Halsey 44 5-pocket chino in watermelon, $155, Hudson & Jane in the Crestwood Shops
Don’t be afraid to go bold. Lively hues instantly energize your summer look. This 5-pocket style (also available in French blue) is the perfect warm-weather alternative to denim—and a lot more fun.
2. Peter Millar Durham performance pant in cottage blue, $115, Pinstripes on the Country Club Plaza
While these stay true to a more traditional chino cut, they swap classic cotton twill for a breathable polyester that wicks moisture and dries fast so you stay cool and comfortable traveling between meetings (or from the front nine to the back). They come in old-school khaki too.
3. Scotch & Soda Butch cargo pant, $135, Ulah in Woodside Village
Paper-thin and nearly weightless, these chino-cargo-jogger hybrids have a looser, tapered fit. They’re as comfortable as pajamas, but refined enough to leave the house.
4. Zanerobe Cropshot chinos in mlack, $99, Ulah in Woodside Village
Far from preppy or boring, these drapey, easygoing pants have a relaxed off-duty vibe. Roomier bottoms call for something slightly snugger on top—a simple tee keeps the spotlight on the pants. Also on the model: 18 Waits slub jersey tee in gray, $70; Rag & Bone Kent lace-up sneakers in cemento suede, $325; and Studebaker heavy classic cuff, $198.