The best dress pants for you should not only compliment the entire outfit that you plan on wearing but should also have the proper cut, function, and weight as well.
But here’s the catch:
Finding a dress pant that works best for you is a little more than buying one that is at the exact measurements of your normal pair of jeans, khakis or chinos.
The reality is that bodies come in many different shapes and sizes.
To further complicate it, details like cuffs, pleats, and suspender buttons are an additional set of components that you need to think about when purchasing dress pants.
So, whether you are 5’ 4” or 6’ 2”, younger or older, our guide will serve just about any man out in selecting the best pants for both your body and style.
Best Men’s Dress Pants
After taking all of the above facets into account, here are some of the best dress pants on the market that we think you will love:
1. Stretch Italian Trousers by Bonobos
There is a lot to like in this dress pant offering by Bonobos.
Composed of 95% cotton and 5% elastane, these dress pants will not only give you the breathability you will be looking for, but the small inclusion of elastane give you a fair bit more stretch than a traditional 100% cotton dress pant making both walking and sitting a bit more comfortable.
For the men looking to know more about the fabrics and where it was sourced, these Italian Trousers do feature cotton that was milled in Italy (Manteco Mill).
Fabric sourcing aside, when it comes to fit and function of these pants, the amount of options available to you are second to none.
With 11 different colors and 4 different pant fits, you can get your hands on the exact style you are looking for:
While these pants do feature a washable fabric, it is recommended that you do dry clean them in order to ensure the overall structure of the pant and to prevent shrinking.
While these pants do have a commanding price tag (~$200), for those men looking for a close alternative at a fraction of the price, we would recommend checking out the Stretch Weekday Warrior Dress Pants.
Overall, for the price, the Stretch Italian Trousers still are an uncompromising dress pant that will be sure to serve you for years to come.
Key Takeaway: The Stretch Italian Trousers are perfect for mid to high level execs that plan on wearing dress pants daily. While the dry clean only aspect can be a deal breaker for some (if that’s the case, consider the Weekday Warriors), the blend fabric will move easily with your body – especially if you find yourself going to countless meetings.
What We Liked Most: It’s a versatile line up of pants where you can pick or choose what works best for your style. Bonobos also delivers decent quality across all their lines.
What We Didn’t Like: Not much to have a gripe about here.
2. Sutton Stripe Trouser
More sophisticated than a chino yet able to be dressed up to a button down and dress shoes or down to sneakers and a T, the Sutton Stripe Trouser is perfect for men who wish to not only blur the line when it comes to dress pants, but want something a bit more versatile in their wardrobe.
Perfect for men who need a dress pant for the occasional formal outing but not feel like its collecting dust in their wardrobe between such events, the Sutton Stripe Trouser is a wool based dress pant (dry clean only) that can be worn in all seasons due to its finely wound wool.
A bit restricted when it comes to fit, the Sutton Stripe Trouser only comes in slim.
If you still like the cut of the Sutton line, Club Monaco does offer up a variety of pants with the same fit including Seersuckers, Linen, Stripe, and a simple black or navy trouser:
Key Takeaway: The Sutton Line of pants will look great on men with slightly thinner frames. The slim fit cut of these trousers have a nice taper that will bring the viewers eye up to your face. With a variety of fabrics available across the Sutton line you can select a seasonal or seasonless offering.
What We Liked Most: For the quality of the fabric in the trouser provided by this luxury brand is quite a steal (price is typically around $150).
What We Didn’t Like: We wish there were a bit more variety of cut and waist size.
3. Ludlow / Crosby by J. Crew
Depending on the build of your legs will determine the line of J. Crew pants that you decide to go with.
When browsing the J. Crew line of dress pants, you will see two distinct cuts:
The primary difference between both Ludlow and Crosby is straight forward:
Ludlow is designed for the slimmer men by having narrower legs (slim fit) while the Crosby will have additional space in both the seat and the legs (tailored fit).
Should you be looking for a blazer or button down to compliment a new pair of dress pants, J. Crew does provide a great diagram that further distinguishes how these two lines differ:
But regardless of your build, when browsing their selection of dress pants you can sometimes find the same fabric or style between both lines.
One dress pant that caught our attention and worth discussing a bit further was the wildly popular Ludlow Unstructured Suit Pant.
Derived from stretch cotton at Portugal’s Somelos Mill (same mill shared by luxury brands Burberry & Paul Smith):
These pants provide an incredible quality fabric at an affordable price ($98). While not paying the markup placed on a comparable Burberry trouser that can cost upwards of $325, the Ludlow Unstructured suit pants are a steal.
Available in 3 distinct colors (Oatmeal, Light Grey, & Navy) along with a myriad of sizes – you should be able to find the pant of choice:
Like the Bonobo dress pants we also covered, the Ludlow Unstructured Suit Pant does have a slight composition of Spandex within the fabric which allows for a greater (and more comfortable) range of movement when both walking and sitting.
Lastly, the fabric is dry clean only (to retain both size and shape) and does tend to fit true to size.
Overall, if you are looking for a dress pant from an industry staple while still being comfortable in a slim fit dress pant, then these Ludlow’s are worth checking out.
Key Takeaway: Sourced from the same mill that makes clothes for super luxury brands. Hybrid fabric allows for greater movement than a 100% blend. Affordable price tag for a quality pant.
What We Liked Most: Great value buy for those who don’t mind spending a little more for a quality cut and fabric.
What We Didn’t Like: Wish the unstructured line by J. Crew was carried over to the Crosby line.
4. Cotton Trousers by Nordstrom
Now normally some men may scoff at the idea of purchasing a private label brand of dress pants – and that’s typically a fair reaction.
We all know how a bad pair of dress pants will not only wear poorly, but will often rely on an inferior fabric that will degrade quickly over time.
But the Nordstrom Cotton Trousers will completely change this notion that private label equates to a compromised product.
Sourced from Supima Cotton (same type of cotton found in Brooks Brothers dress shirts – which normally retail for about $100 for a single button down and countless other brands) is an extra-long staple American grown cotton.
Why is this important?
A long staple cotton not only will ensure a much stronger fabric, but will wear incredibly well with time.
It’s durability is amazing, yet still features many of the great qualities of cotton – namely breathability.
While the fabric in these dress pants by Nordstrom are great, another feature that will be loved by many of the men reading this is their care instructions:
For the men who don’t want to deal with extra trips to the dry cleaners and want to simply wash their pants at home, the easy care for these pants will be welcomed.
Beyond fiber selection, these pants do come in 5 different colors and waist sizes up to 46” – serving just about any shape or size of the men reading this.
If there was one limiting factor of these dress pants it would be the cut. Designed for larger men, the straight cut leg will provide ample space in the seat, crotch, and leg area of the pants.
For those men that want both pleats and cuffs, check out the similarly price Pleated Trousers – both offer identical color selection as well.
Key Takeaway: This is a great affordable dress pant for average to larger size men. The straight cut leg will give you plenty of space. The quality fabric is extremely easy to maintain.
What We Liked Most: Who doesn’t like to save an extra 20 minutes every week by skipping the dry cleaner?
What We Didn’t Like: Wish Nordstrom offered this pant in a few different cuts for slimmer men.
5. Jefferson by Ted Baker
If you are looking for a sophisticated style from a contemporary brand that doesn’t go overboard, then Ted Baker will be your best bet.
While their dress pants can normally be found in the pages of Men’s Fashion magazines paired with sneakers and T shirts, they are equally (dare we say more) acceptable in the echelons of upper management (and those making their way there).
These Jefferson Flat Front Wool Trousers by Ted Baker have a lot going for them.
With a 100% fine wool design, they will not only feel incredibly comfortable year-round, but will retain their look with absolute ease.
Sure, the dry clean only care instructions may be a stickler for some, but if you want to look great day after day, then it doesn’t really get much better than this.
While the 100% wool fabric found in the Jefferson’s might limit movement just a bit (given that there is no elastane or Spandex found in the composition), if you are looking for just that little bit extra stretch but still want to stay within the Ted Baker brand, then the Jerome’s will be your dress pant of choice (99% cotton, 1% elastane).
But back to the Jefferson’s – the low rise cut of the waist will be akin to jeans while still looking great when you are without a blazer or sports jacket.
Secondly, the tapered leg design, while limits it to average to slimmer men, will work great for men with waists upwards to 40”.
Color selection is adequate for dress pants as Ted Baker offers the Jefferson’s in 4 different (but very similar) colors:
Lastly, and perhaps the best part of the purchase with these pants, is the FREE hem service that is included.
Key Takeaway: Versatile dress pant that can be dressed up or down. Sophisticated tapered leg cut that will look great on a lot of men.
What We Liked Most: Great color and size selection. Free hemming service with purchase is terrific.
What We Didn’t Like: Wish it were just a little bit cheaper.
6. Goodthreads by Amazon
Another private label, but this time from a much more familiar retailer, is Goodthreads by Amazon.
Exhibiting many of the key characteristics of some of the nicer dress pants on our list, namely the hybrid fabric qualities (98% cotton, 2% Spandex), Goodthreads is starting to make its way into men’s hands everywhere.
While the fabric of these pants alone is enough to have many men stop and take notice, another nice feature of them is that they are both wrinkle-free and machine washable.
But it gets even better:
These dress pants, much like those from Bonobos, comes in a myriad of both color choices and sizes.
Furthermore, you can also choose between two distinct cuts:
Very similar (although not the same) as J. Crew’s Ludlow and Crosby line, these two cut choices will be perfect for just about any man’s body sizes.
With waist offerings between 28” – 42” and length between 28” – 38” nearly all men reading this should be able to find a pair of dress pants that works for them.
Key Takeaway: Great workhorse dress pant that carries many of the key qualities of the more luxurious brands on our list at a fraction of the price.
What We Liked Most: Size, color, and cut selection serves up a wide range of options. Machine washable.
What We Didn’t Like: May not be suitable for super formal occasions.
7. Cool 18 by Haggar
Built for comfort and low maintenance are the first few words that come to mind when considering Haggar’s.
There is a reason that this dress pant is one of the most popular on Amazon with over 6,000 reviews at the time of publication – men just simply love the versatility and price of these pants.
Evoking many utilitarian qualities like the expandable waistband and moisture wicking properties, you won’t have to worry about replacing these pants if you fluctuate a few pounds.
While the Haggar’s pictured above feature a flat front, they do offer a similar line with pleats.
Secondly, if you frequent the Big & Tall section, you will want to check out their Cool 18’s offered there as well.
Given that these are normally marked with a sub $50 price tag, there will inevitably be some compromises when it comes to quality.
Most noticeably will be the fabric.
While some men simply prefer natural fibers like cotton or wool, these dress pants by Haggar do depend on Polyester.
Key Takeaway: Great dress pant for men who are on a budget but need to present well. Widest variety of body sizes from small framed men to those who skew either big or tall.
What We Liked Most: Machine washable and expandable waistband.
What We Didn’t Like: Lack of slim fit offering.
8. Prada Slim Fit Gingham Trousers
For bold style and super luxury dress pants, Prada will be among the top brands that come to many of men’s minds.
If you are looking to set the stage and make a statement with your dress pants, then you need to take a look at these exclusive Prada pants carried by Mr. Porter.
Evoking a retro 50s feel to them, the gingham design, while bold, is an extremely versatile look that can go with both button downs and T shirts.
Made from a stretch wool fabric, you will still achieve great range of movement.
Should your budget allow and you want a new dress pant that you will find yourself coming back to time and time again, check out this offering by Prada.
Key Takeaway: It’s a dress pant that makes a statement. Super luxury offering from Prada.
What We Liked Most: Bold design.
What We Didn’t Like: It’s expensive.