Cropped Pants Are Every Guy’s Shortcut to Better Style

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Over the last few years, men’s pants have gotten both delightfully idiosyncratic and wildly stylish. A quick scan of well-dressed dudes across the globe reveals luxury track pants, wavy trousers and turned-up chinos. And the one thing many of these bottoms have in common? A purposely exaggerated crop—and it’s a look that everyone should get behind.

Cropped pants have the power to transform any style-inclined guy from somewhat fashionable to bona fide fashion killer. They’re everything a worthwhile menswear trend should be: Progressively stylish and forward-looking without being bootcut jeans. The deliberate crop instantly makes whatever sneaker-and-sock combo you’re wearing look twice as good while the pant length simultaneously makes you look longer and leaner. Consider them the gateway trousers to your new life as the dude who wears cool pants; we’ve rounded up eight pairs to get you started.

$395 / Evan Kinori

Evan Kinori single pleat pant

Evan Kinori has made quite a name for himself in just a few short years. The San Francisco-based designer is best known for his workwear silhouettes made from deadstock fabrics, but Kinori’s take on pleated pants is equally deserving of praise. The trouser is cut from a charcoal grey lambswool twill and offers a looser fit that feels modern and classic in equal measure.

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$69 / Zara

Zara technical jogging pant

If you’re weary of dropping serious cash on a pair of cropped pants then Zara has got you covered. The fast fashion giant makes a technical jogging pant that features an ultra-cozy elastic waistband, plenty of pockets and a high-rise cut at the bottom of the pants. It’s comfy enough to wear around the house yet has enough of a fashion-forward vibe to wear out on a Friday night.

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$185 / Mr Porter

Bellerose wide-leg cropped trouser

Bellerose is a Belgian brand that creates the kind of quiet staples that look great on anyone who wears them. These cropped trousers tap into two trends that continue to bubble up in menswear: Wide-leg silhouettes and retro corduroy. Plus, it comes in a deep shade of blue-black is going to look great with just about anything in your closet.

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$195 / Ssense

Dickies Construct tape trouser

Classic workwear brand Dickies teamed up with LA fashion mecca Union on a sub-label called Dickies Construct. It’s every bit as stylish and durable as you’d imagine. This mid-rise trouser comes in a light grey cotton twill and features pink trim at the outseams for a workwear-inspired pant that’s as contemporary and fashion-forward as it gets.

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$89 / Olive

Olive “Volk” trouser

Leave it to Olive, the masters of affordable minimalist menswear, to deliver a perfectly on-trend trouser. These pants are made from a speckled wool-blend fabric, cropped at ankle length and feature an affixed turn up on the hemline. Wear them with a plain T-shirt or sweater and let the compliments roll in.

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$64 / Need Supply

Obey “Fubar” pleated pant

While Obey is perhaps best known for its graphic-driven apparel, the label has been quietly producing stylish basics that every guy should have in his closet. Think staples like pants and jackets with just enough of an edge to not be boring. Case in point: This pleated chino pant comes with a relatively straightforward fit but is finished with an exaggerated—and supremely stylish—crop.

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$249 / Noon Goons

Noon Goons corduroy pant

Noon Goons infuses a distinct surf punk mentality into high fashion menswear and the label’s corduroy pant is no exception. It manages to be loud and brash yet still feels like something you could wear to the office. The slightly cropped, straight-leg pant—complete with a nearly neon shade of blue—is perfect for when you’re feeling a little bit risky.

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Dima Leu overdyed jersey pant, $403 / Need Supply

Dima Leu overdyed jersey pant

For guys who like to keep things extremely cozy, this pair of high-rise pants from Dima Leu is right on the money. The slouchy pant is made of 100 percent virgin wool and features both a crop and elasticized cuff at the bottom hem. Plus, it’s made in Italy so while it may kind of look like a sweatpant, it features the same craftsmanship as the finest trousers.

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