Our hand-picked variety of khaki pants that will make you look effortlessly fashionable.

What are khaki pants?

Khaki pants are traditionally made of heavy cotton twill material that is, of course, dyed in a khaki-colored hue.

Though the style runs the gamut from casual utilitarian to quite tailored and dressy, the material is the constant with this style of trouser. 

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The epitome of schoolgirl prep. You love the style by way of grungy ‘90s teens, utilitarian dressers, ultra-preppy cable knit lovers, and the streamlined early-aughts obsessed alike.

The cotton blend chinos in a deep shade of tan need little more than a boxy black T-shirt to have you looking like Carolyn Bessette Kennedy; a white button-down if you’re looking Princess Diana’s way, or mix-and-match suiting to have you feeling very Annie Hall. 

khakis are back

This season, khakis are back for another trip around the sun, but this time, the styles truly run the gamut.

You can opt for a low-riser like you loved two decades ago, a high-waisted pleat-front that was so popular in the ‘90s, or even an oversized borrowed-from-the-boys silhouette that will harken back to the late ‘70s and early ‘80s.

And, of course, there’s always the flat-front ankle-crop straight-leg style that has found it’s way into the wardrobes of iconic throughout the decades.

Are ‘chinos’ the same as ‘khakis’?

More often than not, the words “chino” and “khaki” are used interchangeably. In today’s wardrobe world, the short answer is: that’s totally acceptable.

They are, with wide variety, the same type of trouser.

Pro Tip 😎

Traditionally speaking, chinos are a slightly lighter-weight version of a khaki.

As such, khakis tended to lean towards the more casual, while chinos were thought to be a bit more dressy.

Additionally, especially in today’s lexicon of fashion, a chino is often designed in a wider array of colors that surpasses classic khaki.

Actual khaki pants, by name, are only in that single tone.

For every style—and every budget—shop our favorite khaki pants of the season right here.


Best Classic

Vince Coin Pocket Chino

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This can be your most essential khaki pants! Keep it classic with a pair of flat-front chinos with slit pockets and cropped straight legs.

Best High Waisted Pleat Front

Lee Pleated Wide Leg Pant

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Go for a retro silhouette with a high-waisted pleat front that boasts a fit that crops at the ankle. For an added bonus, style it with a vintage T-shirt or muscle top.

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Best Wide Leg

Apiece Apart Chino Mari Barrel Pants

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You’ll love these flat front pants that feature wide legs and ankle crop.

These chinos have the perfect everyday feel, effortlessly styled with everything from a classic white T-shirt to an oversized cashmere sweater.

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Best Style

Nili Lotan Shon Pant

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If you’re looking for a unique pair of khaki pants, these are the ones to add to your repertoire.

They feature cargo-style patch pockets with a curved leg that hangs in such a way that you’ll instantly fashion yourself a cool girl.

Best Hiphugger

J.Crew Boyfriend Chino Pants

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There’s nothing more classic than a slouchy boyfriend fit.

With these khaki pants, you can effortlessly roll up the straight leg hem, allowing them to sit as a loose hiphugger with a bodysuit or slim tank tucked into the top.

Best Preppy Style

Isabel Marant Étoile Keowina Cotton-Canvas Tapered Pants

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For the one looking for an edgy detail that takes away from the preppy style of the traditional khaki style, shop these high-waisted chinos.

This silhouette sports a slight pleated front and D-ring ties that travel all the way up the leg.

Best Cargo Style

Zara TRF Straight Cargo Pants

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Jump head-first into the ‘90s vibe with a pair of bootcut khaki cargo pants.

These seem as though they were pulled straight from your childhood wardrobe…and you’ll love them just as much today as you did when you first wore them.

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Best Straight Leg

Wilfred Free Ascendant Pant

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A pair of khaki pants has never been easier to wear: with 74% cotton, they hold their shape, yet flow as you move like few other chinos do.

And, with only slit pockets, they feel classic and streamlined. Pair them with your favorite shacket!

Best Utility

Polo Ralph Lauren Cotton Twill Utility Pant

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Opt for a slightly darker khaki wash with these utility pants that are best paired with casual separates.

Head out in these with a ribbed wool sweater and casual layering pieces like a corduroy jacket.

Best Low Rise

Miu Miu Chino Pants

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Miu Miu crafted an entire collection off of the preppy schoolgirl vibe and—naturally—included the most perfect pair of low-rise chino pants. 

Don’t forget to wear your favorite chunky loafers!

RELATED: Our Pick of The Best Retro Chunky Loafers

Best Boyfriend Fit

Homme Girls Khaki Pants with Attached Stripe Boxer Shorts

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For that true borrowed-from-the-boys look, shop these head-turning khaki pants.

They even come with a double waistband that’s designed to look like a pair of men’s boxers peeking out the top.

Best Casual

ASOS Minimal Straight Leg Cargo Trousers

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Go casual in a grungy pair of khaki cargo pants.

With diagonal pockets in the front and patch pockets in the back, these straight-leg pants have all the ear-markers of that baby tee pairing that you always loved from the early aughts.

Best Wide Leg

Prada Gabardine Pants

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Inspired by a tailored menswear look, this Prada must-have is a wide leg, straight cut trouser reimagined with classic lines.

For an added bonus, these khaki pants are designed with a built-in belt, adding a preppy detail without requiring extra bulk or fuss.

Best Pleated

Meryll Rogge Pleated Straight-Leg Trousers

Shop Now at Bergdorf Goodman

Shop an elevated approach to the borrowed-from-the-boys look with a wide leg, high-waist, pleat-front pair of trousers that begs to be styled with a silk top, printed sweater, and ladylike shoes.

Pro Tip


Kiss a lot of frogs. Much like your everyday denim, you need to try on a multitude of khaki pants to find your golden goose.

Because once you do, you may never take them off.

One of the most classic of wardrobe essentials deserves a little bit more love. It’s time to trade out your go-to denim for an easeful pair of khaki pants this season.

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