If you've got a "business casual" dress code at work, then chances are your go-to pair of pants is a khaki trouser. But even if your office is more low key style-wise, every guy needs a classic pair of khakis in his closet. They're sophisticated but still give off a relaxed vibe that has the power to make any outfit look more pulled together—which comes in handy on a first date, a job interview, or even grabbing drinks with friends.
First, a quick fashion lesson: Khaki is, by definition, a color. But, it's common to refer to any sort of cotton trouser as “Khakis.” So technically, the khaki color can be found in all types of pants (like a trouser, chino, jogger, or jean) and in many styles (like straight, slim, athletic, relaxed). Our advice, though, is to stick with the traditional trouser or chino pant; it's a classic silhouette that's highly versatile so they will pair great with these button-up shirts for a dressy look or these t-shirts and white kicks for a more laidback ensemble.
Even more important though, is making sure they fit great, look sharp, and feel comfortable. A great pair won’t cause unwanted creases, look slouchy or too tight, and will actually stay up without the hassle of a belt. But, considering that a lot of fit guys have muscular quads, hamstrings, and calves, sliding on pants over these body parts is a tough task. That’s where we come in.
Here, we rounded up some of the best fits from some of the best brands for three different male body types: thin, athletic, and burly.