Chinos have experienced somewhat of a renaissance in recent years, emerging from the dark ages of triple pleats and ultra-relaxed cuts into an era of flattering fits and vintage-inspired detailing. Style icons like Paul Newman and Steve McQueen wore them best, with a slim cut and a devil may care attitude. Now you have your chance to channel classic American cool, no matter your budget.
Uniqlo, $30 (call 877.4UNIQLO)
Made from West Point twill cotton, these chinos are simple, sturdy and stylish.
A retro cut with slightly tapered legs and slant pockets. Washed and rumpled.
Vanishing Elephants, $110
These soft twill chinos run extra-slim, and sport subtle taped seams.
Band of Outsiders, $285
Slim and straight with a notched waistband from the masters of laid-back Cali cool.