The new generation of trousers

As the athleisure market continues to grow, the new generation of trousers boasts durable, innovative textiles. These versatile garments marry elegant silhouettes with high-performance technical details like comfortable stretch, moisture-wicking, and crease-resistance.

On the runways, work-to-play bottoms are showing up widely, whether it’s Stella McCartney updating track joggers with bold contrasting patterns or at Calvin Klein 205W39NYC, where scuba pants emerged out of the surf and into the streets. This new trend makes sartorial sense at the office or out to dinner, but worn with sneakers, the pants are equally ideal for an airplane or hiking trail.

Ahead, 8 picks.

Theory Neoteric Tech Raffi Pant

A classic five-pocket silhouette is taken up a notch thanks to a featherweight fabric that keeps you cool and dries fast. Complete the look with one of Theory’s similarly constructed blazers or try them with a polo shirt for a day on the golf course.


Rhone Commuter Slim Pant

From afar, these pants don’t look too different from basic chinos. But details (like a lightweight yarn that stretches and recovers without the heaviness of a material like spandex) mean they can actually do it all. After a day of meetings, wear them for cycling, hiking, or even a HIIT workout.


Tory Sport Breton-Stripe Tech Knit Pant

These wide-leg pants offer a good amount of give but still retain their shape after many wears. Plus, these are wrinkle-resistant, making them a travel workhorse that will pair equally well with stilettos and white low-top sneakers.


Paskho Purity Travel Pants

Crafted from reclaimed materials, this brand’s pieces are meant to accommodate the busy lifestyle of frequent flyers. As such, this pant has the stretch you need during a long flight, the eye-catching design you want to show off once you’ve deboarded, and the durability to be active at your destination.


Helmut Lang Neoprene Crop Flare Leggings

The leg-lengthening seaming on this cropped pair will complement a professional look. But the pull-up, neoprene construction and flare silhouette provide a touch of sportiness. Try them with a sharp blazer for a cool take on a business suit, or a chunky cardigan for an off-duty vibe. You can also try them for a lower-intensity workout—like restorative yoga or Pilates.


RYU Stratos Pant

Pleats add a dressed-up vibe, but these pants are cut with more room around the hips so they won’t dig into your skin. The stretch fabric has a UPF rating of 50, which makes them a good option for a morning bike commute. For a dressier look, consider donning them with a nautical striped sweater.


Paige Hutton Track Pant

The versatile color combo and track-meets-tuxedo aesthetic will make these your new go-to pants. They’re made from three of the stretchiest fibers out there (rayon, spandex, and nylon), resulting in a look that’s as comfortable as it is polished.


Arc'teryx Veilance Sequent LT Pant

Well-suited to outdoor adventures, these pants are wind- and water-resistant. With a sleek, minimalist shape and modern crop, they’re also the perfect complement to a crisp white button-front shirt and a bomber jacket.


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