Men's Casual Bottoms Trends

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by Juan E. Romero


Chino And Cargo Pants Dominate The Menswear Landscape

Men's casual bottoms traditionally tend to be conservative in styling. Men usually opt to make a fashion statement with their tops and shirtings and let their trousers blend into the background. Today, men have more choices when it comes to casual pants and can complement their outfits with stylish bottoms that are clean and sleek or designs that are highly stylized and embellished.


Men's Cargo Pant Trends

Cargo pants are a popular category in men's bottoms. Not only do they give a utilitarian alternative to jeans but depending on the styling, they can be a fashion statement unto themselves. Pockets come in every shape and size and added embellishments like buckles, toggles, draw-cords, zippers, patches and labels elevate the styling to from basic to trendy. 

Lexington Clothing Company Men's Cargo Pant

Lexington Clothing Company Men's Cargo Pant

Cargos are also a key item in the military look that is also popular and that I discussed in a previous article. Cargo shorts are especially popular as they offer a way for men to store more items without having to carry a backpack or another accessory. The newest cargos come in a slim fit and seem to be a hybrid between a chino and a cargo pant. This narrower silhouette gives cargo pants a decidedly urbane edge.


Men's Chino Pant Trends

Chino or khaki pants are another staple in menswear and have evolved to include every color shade and even all-over prints and patterns. The latest versions are flat front, low-rise chinos that come in a slim or skinny fit. The drop-crotch version is also becoming more popular, especially with young men and teens. They are a sleeker, more contemporary alternative to cargo pants and can be easily dressed up for business or a night out on the town. 

65 MCMLXV Men's Casual Bottoms Include Our Khaki Chino Pant And Short

Fabrications can include twill, canvas, poplin and dressier fabrics like linen, wool and gabardine. Pleated styles are down-trending and are worn only by the most conservative consumers. There has also been a cross-over with denim reflected by jean detailing such as 5-pocket styling, back yokes, metal hardware trims and heavy-duty stitching.

To see some current examples of what's happening in men's casual bottoms, visit my Pinterest board Men's Chinos & Cargos. There you can see how men are wearing and styling their cargo and chino pants. Do you own a great pair of cargos or chinos?

Juan E. Romero is the Owner and Creative Director of 65MCMLXV. He has more than twenty years of Fashion and Design Trend experience. You can find him on Google+ and Twitter.

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