There are many factors that go into making the perfect spring outfit, and the ideal pair of trousers is high on the list. Think about it. Pants more or less make up half of your look, so if you’re in a style that’s outdated or unflattering (like the extremely tight or baggy fits of the early aughts), your style will feel, well, off. But if you were to replace the rejects with finds that actually fit (and fit within this decade), you can turn that outfit game around in an instant.
To help you upgrade to the best pair of chinos, khakis, or trousers for your style and body type, here’s a few points to keep in the back of your mind.
Nothing ruins a killer pair of pants than a length that’s way too long, so opt for a pair that has little to no “break” at the ankle. Basically, you want to ensure the hem skims the top of your shoes. While you may be able to forego a tailor to achieve this look, it will vary depending on your build and height. But remember, that extra $15 to hem a cool pair of pants will make all the difference in the world, so just do it.
The key here is to find pants that truly hit right at the waistline—not too high and not suspended below the belt. For the safest bet, try a style with a mid-rise (the length between the waistband and the crotch). That said, if you’re feeling a pair with a longer rise, you could get away with wearing the pants a bit higher up (and vice versa). In terms of actual fit, don’t forget about the two-finger check. You shouldn’t be able to fit more than two fingers in the waistband.
While you should never be afraid to have fun with your pants in terms of colors and prints if it fits your style, you’ll get the most mileage out of a pair in a neutral hue like black, navy, tan, or olive to pair with just about any type of top or shoes.
With that, here are the 10 best pants out there for men to upgrade their spring look.