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24 Best Men’s Pants You Should Be Wearing in 2023

2023 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’ve approached it with uncertainty. At least I know I have.

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Still, Fashion Week presentations continue. Some of these have experimented with digital forms and others have stuck to a more traditional approach. As a general consensus, what I can say is that much of the year’s menswear trends feel like reruns we haven’t had a chance to watch yet.

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What does that mean for men’s pants, exactly? In the last few years, I've 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 we're at that point, but we've approached it with a bit of hesitancy. Here’s what’s on my radar for the rest of 2023:

Travel and Cargo Pants

I've have an adventure on my mind - and the men's pants to take me the distance. This trend is truly divided into two halves.

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On one half the 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.

On 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.

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Mens Pants Burberry Logo Detail Cargo Trousers

Burberry Logo Detail Cargo Trousers

Forget what you remember about cargo pants. These drawstring designer men's pants are 100% polyester and deliver 90s rave-style at the same time - with their solid black hue and zipped pant legs.


Goodthreads Men's Slim-Fit Vintage Comfort Stretch Cargo Pant

Goodthreads Men's Slim-Fit Vintage Comfort Stretch Cargo Pant

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.


AIRNINE Men's Premium Twill Cargo Pants

AIRNINE Men's Premium Twill Cargo Pants

Belt loops and a zip fly complete the pant's design. For everyday wear, the stretch fabric is incredibly comfortable. It offers an adjustable bottom cuff and a slim fit.


Jogger Pants

When did joggers leave? They didn’t, 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, but they still offer a sense of normalcy with a twill blend.

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Hugo Boss Regular Fit Tracksuit Bottoms in Organic French Terry Cotton

A slimmer fit and classic navy color elevate this jogger silhouette above athleisure, adding a few technical features in the process.


Best Mens Pants RRL Quilted Jersey Pant

Ralph Lauren Quilted Jersey Pant

Style meets practicality in this quilted, insulated jogger pant inspired by auto racing.


Mens Pants Burberry Logo Graphic Appliqué Wool Cotton Blend Jogging Pants

Burberry Wool Cotton Blend Jogging Pants

Wool is being used more and more as a technical material because of its moisture-wicking, heat-retaining properties. These joggers use these aspects and deliver a sportier style for everyday wear.


Classic Denim

These past few years, we’ve seen it all. Moto jeans, rips, spray paint, patchwork, and even excessive fading have all changed what we see 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 singing the praises of the pureness of Japanese raw denim, you’re also good in a pair of Levi’s.

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Hugo Boss Slim-fit jeans in super-soft blue Italian denim

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.


Polo Ralph Lauren Hampton Relaxed Straight Jean

Ralph Lauren Hampton Relaxed Straight Jean

Mid- to darker-wash indigo with light distressing transforms these slimmer-cut jeans into your closet’s most versatile pair.


Men's Best Pants - Levi's Men's 505 Regular Fit Jeans

Levi's Men's 505 Regular Fit Jeans

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.


Pleated Pants

You’re picturing a 90s corporate middle manager in a poorly fitting suit. Pleats in the 2020s 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.

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Best Mens Pants RL Slim Tapered Fit Polo Prepster Pants

Ralph Lauren Slim Tapered Fit Polo Prepster Pants

Pinstripes get a modern overhaul in a silhouette combining pleats for volume with a jogger cuff for more of a tapered silhouette.


Mens Pants RL Whitman Relaxed Fit Pleated Chino Pant

Polo Ralph Lauren Whitman Relaxed Fit Pleated Chino Pant

Double the pleats draw attention to this statement feature invigorating what most would see as a relaxed-fitting pair of chinos.


Men's Best Pants - IZOD Men's American Chino Double Pleated Pant

IZOD Men's American Chino Double Pleated Pant

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.


Linen Pants

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.

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Best Mens Pants RL Purple Label Straight Leg Linen Trousers

Ralph Lauren Purple Label Straight Leg Linen Trousers

Mixing linen with silk creates a smoother hand feel and softens the fabric’s distinctively woven texture. I'm a very big fan.


Men's Flat Front Linen Blend Dress Pant

Cubavera Men's Flat Front Linen Blend Dress Pant

Give your work wardrobe a cooler, more summer-ready touch with these classic, regular-fit men's pants made completely out of linen.


Perry Ellis Men's 100% Linen Drawstring Pant

Perry Ellis Men's 100% Linen Drawstring Pant

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.


Wide-Legged Pants

Don’t think JNCOs 2.0, even if 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 men's pants offer the best of both worlds - if you wear them correctly.

Fernweh Editions Candles

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 mid-rise to high waist. Even if these can obscure body shape, I like to tuck in a shirt, or pair them with a slimmer-cut polo for contrast.

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Burberry Men's Wide Leg Wool Pants

Combined with the wider cut and creased front gives these trousers an exaggerated, almost campy 70s vibe. These everyday pants made from luxurious wool have broad legs and smart pleats that define their style as relaxed.


Mens Pants Cos Wide Leg Chinos

COS Long Wide-Leg Pants

Suit-like construction goes casual with a 90s skater-inspired silhouette


Men's Best Pants - Levi's Men's 569 Loose Straight Fit Jean

Levi's Men's 569 Loose Straight Fit Jean

The classic construction Levi’s is known for gets a 90s-style treatment with more space from the hips on down. 


Corduroy Pants

I can’t tell if we’re in the midst of a true 70s revival - the dominance of browns and tans at the moment would support this. But, we might instead be in the midst of a 70s-to-90s appreciation for corduroy and psychedelic-printed polyester fabrics.

It looks more like the latter. Either way, corduroy’s having its moment through thinner wales adding texture to fabrics with neutral hues. 

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Men's Best Pants - Quiksilver Men's Kracker Cord Pant

Quiksilver Men's Kracker Cord Pant

If you’re uncertain about making the jump from denim to corduroy, these men's pants ease you in with a regular five-pocket silhouette, narrow wales, and choice of color.


Goodthreads Men's Slim-Fit 5-Pocket Comfort Stretch Corduroy Pant

Goodthreads Men's Slim Comfort Stretch Corduroy Pant

A classic chino silhouette receives a textured treatment, thanks to fine wale cotton.


Goodthreads Navy Corduroy Pant

Goodthreads Slim-Fit Comfort Stretch Corduroy Pants

Try a touch of texture with these nearly navy, regular-fitting chino men's pants designed out of classic corduroy


Leather Pants

Leather is this season’s statement fabric - polished, glossy, and intentionally straying away from its workwear heritage. Instead, we end up with an 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 comes close to pickup artistry in the 2000s-era, without seeming desperate or douchey. 

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Denny&Dora Men's Slim Genuine Leather Pants

Denny & Dora Slim Sheepskin Leather Pants

These rider men's pants transition to an everyday statement with a classic slim fit and four-pocket construction.


Milwaukee Leather LKM5790 Men's Black Classic 5 Pocket Leather Pants

Milwaukee Leather Men's Black Classic Leather Pant

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.


Mens Best Pants - Tripp NYC Faux Leather Pant

Tripp NYC Faux Leather Pant

A slim fit and accents like skull rivets give these PU faux leather men's pants that rock star character. 


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Ivan Yaskey is a Philly-born menswear fashion blogger and copywriter. When not writing about men's style he's also an EDM and synthpop enthusiast.

24 Best Men’s Pants You Should Be Wearing