Bridging the gap between your jeans and some proper trousers, a pair of sturdy cotton chinos are an essential part of a man's wardrobe. And while they don't have to be tan, chinos are called khakis for a good reason—you can't go wrong with earthy tones ranging from stoney taupes to darker British tans. The key is finding the right pair. Because when the fit and finishing are on point, the look is both tough and relaxed. But you want to sweat the details. Look for a slim, straight cut with a slight taper to the legs, a modern rise and details like slant pockets, which are leaner and cleaner than the more traditional on-seam variety. We've tried on our fair share to bring you the three best bets for your money.