2021 was supposed to be the year we all shed our sweatpants, put on something more than a T-shirt, and embraced the new world ahead. Instead, we’re rightly approaching it with uncertainty.
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Still, Fashion Week presentations continue, some experimenting with digital forms and others sticking toward more traditional approaches. What we can say is, as a general consensus, much of the year’s menswear trends feel like reruns we haven’t had a chance to watch yet.
Our Top Picks For Best Men’s Pants
What does that mean for men’s pants, exactly? In the last few years, we started spotting wider cuts, a greater spectrum of materials, and 90s influences return. But, while designers dabbled, we waited for a chance to try something out ourselves.
Now it’s that point, albeit with a bit of hesitancy. Here’s what’s on our radar for the rest of 2022:
Travel and Cargo Pants
We have an adventure on the mind – and the pants to take you the distance. This trend’s truly divided into two halves. On one, outdoor garments, down to nylon materials and performance treatments, began losing their dowdier, dad-esque roots a few years ago, and now seem normalized beyond the hiker crowd.
As the other half, cargo pants aren’t just for badly dressed bros anymore. Pockets abound, on wider- to slimmer-cut silhouettes (like those infamous pair of Balmain pants), but the materials stray far past the – 90s cotton in desert tan combinations.
This Burberry embellished pants are not only stylish in a designer sense but also practical. The pair has five pockets - a side flap pocket, front pockets that can be velcro secured, plus side pockets and a back pocket with a zipper.
- Quality item
Forget what you remember about cargo pants. These drawstring designer pants are 100% polyester and deliver 90s rave-style at the same time – with their solid black hue and zipped pant legs..
Influenced by military surplus garments, patch pockets and a slight distressed look make these cargo pants look like they’re up for an adventure on the trails.
A uniquely style but with minimum care necessary - just throw them in the washing machine.
They are lightweight and have eight different pockets so you don’t have to sacrifice style for practicality.
- Robust triple-stitch side seams
- Too lightweight for winter
This LA-based brand bridges edgier, bondage-influenced style with comfort, adding a drawstring waist for a degree of adjustability.
When did joggers leave? They didn’t entirely, but when you think about the progression of fashion, they transitioned from retro streetwear to athleisure. They’ve crawled up to the apex again as a work-at-home business casual essential: comfy, with their drawstring waist, yet still offering a sense of normalcy with a twill blend.
A slimmer fit and classic navy color elevate this jogger silhouette above athleisure, adding a few technical features in the process.
This designer jogger has been crafted to look just so but simultaneously looks effortless.
Made mostly from cotton it features two back snapped pockets and two front angle pockets, a comfortable ribbed waistband and ribbed cuffs.
- Perfect for cooler months
Style meets practicality in this quilted, insulated jogger pant inspired by auto racing.
Made with wool, cotton and cashmere, this Burberry jogger pant is simply too luxe simply for lounging.
It’s not all style however - there are three pockets, two side slip pockets and one back welt pocket, to keep it practical.
- Perfect for winter
- Very expensive
Wool is increasingly being used as a technical material due to its moisture-wicking, heat-retaining properties. These joggers utilize these aspects while delivering a sportier style for everyday wear.
These past few years, we’ve seen it all. Moto jeans, rips, spray paint, patchwork, and even excessive fading have all altered what we perceive as a timeless heritage menswear item.
The revival of workwear (given more of a streetwear-centric spin) has resulted in a return to form for denim. No more bells and whistles – just straightforward, sturdy cotton in a medium-indigo wash. Although menswear snobs will be extolling the pureness of Japanese raw denim, you’re also good in a pair of Levi’s.
These Boss jeans are mostly made from cotton, a percentage of which is certified organic cotton. Its waist is a regular rise and made in slim fit stretchy Italian denim.
- Gentle machine wash only and tumble dry not recommended
You can’t get any more classic, at least by appearances. While the silhouette speaks mid-century Americana, a touch of stretch gives these jeans a modern feel and fit.
Mid- to darker-wash indigo with light distressing transforms these slimmer-cut jeans into your closet’s most versatile pair.
- Good fit
- Rise in the front and back is lower than the original 505s
Levi’s 505s check off all the boxes for versatility: A relaxed, standard fit, medium wash without significant distressing, and a mid-rise height that can be worn with baggier shirts yet is cut for tucking in your printed button-down.
You’re picturing a 90s corporate middle manager in a poorly fitting suit. Pleats in the 2020s serve to accentuate the fit – higher waist, tapered leg to your ankle, and just a bit of volume around the middle. This is the – 80s version – when pleats were still fun – but given a toned-down makeover.
These are both stylish and ultra comfortable pants with their drawstring and elastic waist. The pair is quite versatile with the potential to dress it up or dress it down to suit most events.
- Good value
- Made with synthetic materials
Pinstripes get a modern overhaul in a silhouette combining pleats for volume with a jogger cuff for more of a tapered silhouette.
Soft, comfortable and made with breathable cotton, these are the perfect smart casual pair of pants. It also comes in four different colors.
- Easy to care for
- Not a good cut for shorter men
Double the pleats draw attention to this statement feature invigorating what most would perceive as a relaxed-fitting pair of chinos.
This pair is not only stain resistant but it is also wrinkle-free. It is as close as you can get to a custom fit pair of Chinos since the rise is adjusted along with the length and the waist.
- Classic chino style
- Some buyers have noted a difference in the same sizes
Izod takes a tour back to its preppy roots by enhancing this smart- to business-casual pair of chinos with double pleats down the front.
Can you feel the breeze? Of course, you can. As consumers and designers consider sustainability about fabrics and apparel, linen is experiencing its renaissance. Its heyday was last in the 80s – think of a Miami Vice-style suit, in a pale or pastel shade for reference – and its revival holds onto these roots. This isn’t a rough, eco-for-the-sake-of-eco fabric. Instead, linen has the edge over cotton in the sustainability department, and its breathability proves to be a secondary asset.
Another quality piece by Ralph Lauren made in Italy from 100% linen. This stylish pair is perfect for almost any occasion where it is important to look smart and sophisticated. W ith the crisp centre creases, you can’t go wrong.
- Good quality fabric
- Dry cleanable only
Mixing linen with silk creates a smoother hand feel and softens the fabric’s distinctively woven texture.
The perfect pair for a warm day thanks to the linen, rayon and polyester blend fabric. For the same reason they are also very comfortable pants which are easy to either dress up or down.
- Lightweight pants perfect for summer
- Some buyers find them too thin
Give your work wardrobe a cooler, more summer-ready touch with these classic, regular-fit pants made fully out of linen.
These straight-leg pants are made for a regular fit and easy to care for as you can simply throw them in the washing machine. They are perfectly light-weight, made from only linen, keeping you cool through the hottest part of the day.
- Good quality for the price
- May be more difficult to dress up due to drawstring
A relaxed fit and drawstring waist give these linen pants full-on vacation vibes, as if it’s just you taking in the landscape of a tropical island.
Don’t think JNCOs 2.0, although they were revived a couple of years ago. Instead, if you look past the whole Gen Z versus Millennials debate on the coolness of skinny jeans, wide-legged pants offer the best of both worlds – if you wear them correctly.
Unlike – 90s pipe jeans, which dragged on the ground and eventually sported a worn hem, these maintain a structured silhouette that falls to the ankle. There’s the shape, especially with the midrise to high waist. While these can obscure your shape, consider tucking in your shirt, or pairing them with a slimmer-cut polo for contrast.
These beautifully fitting pants are relaxed yet tailored - they come with stylish pleats. They are made in Italy, made from wool fabric, with a price tag to match.
- Top quality and warm
- Very pricey
Combined with the wider cut and creased front gives these trousers an exaggerated, almost campy 70s vibe. These everyday pants made from luxurious wool feature broad legs and smart pleats that define their relaxed style.
These pants are made to have a modern wide-leg fit that look relaxed but smart thanks to the flat front. They are also made from 100% organic cotton so will keep you cool on a warm day.
- Good value
- Can be difficult to keep pant cuffs clean and not tattered
Suit-like construction goes casual with a 90s skater-inspired silhouette.
Another relaxed fit pant but don’t call them baggy. The fit is a straight leg and the rise is just below the waist with lots of room around the backside and thighs. Though they are very comfortable beware that they are not made with any stretch capacity.
- Very comfortable jeans
- Non stretch
The classic construction Levi’s is known for gets a 90s-style treatment with more space from the hips on down.
We can’t tell if we’re in the midst of a true 70s revival – the preponderance of browns and tans would support this – or a 70s-through-the-90s appreciation for corduroy and psychedelic-printed polyester fabrics. It looks more like the latter unless you consider the tailoring revival to be a sophisticated upgrade to the leisure suit. Either way, corduroy’s having its moment through thinner wales adding texture to neutral-hued fabrics.
This is a straight fit with slightly tapered legs, but it's also quite stretchy for comfort. It's made with mostly cotton and some polyester so it's still nice and breathable.
- Soft and comfortable
- Must be hand-washed
If you’re uncertain about making the jump from denim to corduroy, these pants ease you in with a regular five-pocket silhouette, narrow wales, and choice of color.
These pants have a 5-pocket style made with cotton and elastane blend fabric for that comfy feel. They are a slim-fit with tapered legs from the thigh, which gives it a nicely tailored look.
- Good fit
- May fade quickly in the sun
A classic chino silhouette receives a textured treatment, thanks to fine wale cotton.
These pants are made with a blend of 99% Cotton and 1% Spandex, so are as breathable as they can get with a little stretch for comfort. It’s a straight fit with no taper and comes in a deep indigo color.
- Made with 99% cotton
- Some found it to be a little tight at the waist
Try a touch of texture with these nearly navy, relaxed-fitting chino pants designed out of classic corduroy.
Leather is this season’s statement fabric – polished, glossy, and intentionally straying away from its heritage workwear framework. Instead, we end up with adoration for a rock star aesthetic, part John Varvatos and part Depeche Mode. While you can take a pass on those leather puff-sleeve jackets, pants in this material project a sense of confidence that veers strangely close to 2000s-era pickup artistry without seeming desperate or douchey.
This glossy pair of high quality leather pants are designed to fit snuggly. The elasticized leather gives it a tight appearance whilst remaining supple and comfortable. It is a slim fit make with a mid-rise waist.
- Genuine sheepskin leather
These rider pants transition to an everyday statement garment with a classic slim fit and four-pocket construction.
Milwaukee created good quality leather pants in this pair. They are made with leather that is on the thick side at a minimum of 1.2mm. Plus, the liner will fill you with absolute joy when you slip these bad boys on - they are lined with soft satin.
- Enough room around the crotch and thighs
- Sizes run larger than stated
With unfinished hems, these riding pants can be adjusted to your inseam length and boot style. At the same time, a timeless five-pocket silhouette provides a greater degree of versatility.
These leather-look pants will have everyone fooled. They are so cool, not to mention, ethical, they will bring a tear to the eye. They are a skinny or slim fit, perfect for the emo rock God.
- Sizes run larger than stated
A slim fit and accents like skull rivets give these PU faux leather pants an unmistakable rock star character.