Lighten the Load

10 Spring-Weight Chinos to Curb Your Denim Addiction


May 8, 2019 Style By Photo by Faherty

You might not call raw denim a summer staple. So, as temperatures rise, consider lighter weight chinos — a cooler alternative to heavyweight jeans. Chinos, like denim, are made from cotton-twill fabric, which typically ranges in weight between seven and 10 ounces per yard. Lighter weight summer options, meanwhile, are exactly that — lighter–— and they provide a more flexible, less-insulating pant.

“Generally, fabric weight has everything to do with feel and breathability,” says Mike Faherty, a New York-based designer behind Faherty Brand. “A ‘summer weight’ typically has a cotton or linen blend, it’s ultra breathable and packs in the suitcase really nicely.” Here are 10 options to choose from.

L.L. Bean Tropic-Weight Chino Pants

This natural-fit chino is made from six-ounce cotton that’s been pigment-dyed for a casual, lightly-worn look. Available in six different colors, it features front on-seam pockets and two back button-through pockets.

Everlane Air Chino

This travel chino is cut from 4.2-ounce cotton poplin fabric that includes four percent elasatane for comfort. Available in six colors, it features an interior button-and-hook closure and a slim fit.

J.Crew 484 Lightweight Chinos

Offered in blue, gray and tan, this chino is cut from 5.1-ounce fabric. A small percent of added elastane makes the slim-fit pant more comfortable.

Club Monaco Connor Chinos

These chinos are more substantial, offered in a seven-ounce twill. Like other options, they come with added elastane (three percent) for comfort and are avaiable in a rich green colorway.

Todd Snyder Tab Front Stretch Chino

Featuring a lightweight stretch-cotton blen, these chinos come in a slim fit with a tapered leg. They are available in sizes 30 to 36 and eight differ colorways.

Faherty Stretch Chino Pant

This slim-fit chino is cut from a 7.5-ounce cotton twill. With added elastane for comfort, they feature a medium rise, traditional trouser-style front pockets and rear- welt pockets.

Orvis World’s Most Comfortable Chinos

This 5.5-ounce poly-cotton-spandex blend is available in four earthy colors. The design features a hidden zipper pocket inside the right front pocket, and back flap pockets.

NN07 Marco 1240 Chinos

Featuring a 5.6-ounce Italian cotton-poly blend, these chinos come in a slim fit with a tapered leg. They also include two percent elastane for comfort and are available in both navy and gray colorways.

Bills Khakis M3 Travel Twill Chinos

Available in a straight fit, these chinos are cut from 7.5-ounce cotton twill. The pant comes in four different colors, washed for a more casual appearance.

Incotex Chinos

Cut from lightweight cotton, these pants feature a zip fly, horn buttons and two side entry pockets. Detailing draws on military and workwear inlfuences.

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