An excellent way to stay warm in the winter is to switch out your regular pants for a pair of fleece or flannel lined designs. These cold-weather must-haves look just like ordinary pants, but they give you lots of extra warmth with a layer of soft, comfy material on the inside of the garment.
Whether you are looking for cargo, chinos, or dress pants, in all types of fits from slim to relaxed, we have found styles that will help make the cold weather much more bearable.
A popular cargo option is the Wrangler Authentics Men’s Fleece-Lined Cargo Pant. The Authentics are great for winter because they are super comfortable and the fleece makes them very warm. They fit well on most men, without the look of extra bulk that can sometimes occur with lined designs.
Cargos tend to be a comfortable and flattering style for any body type to wear. Also, since they are cargos, there are lots of pockets for storage. A unique design feature of this cargo is that the cargo pockets have an internal pocket within the pocket, so you can carry smaller items without them knocking around in the pocket. If you have tried Wrangler in the past and not loved them, you may want to give them another look.
Over the last few years, the brand has stepped up and improved the quality and the functionality of the designs while still keeping the garments very affordable. Men who buy the Wrangler Authentics Cargos are generally pretty happy with them and seem to recommend them quite highly.
A great place to find business-casual styles of lined pants is L.L Bean. They have lots of jeans, a few cargo options, chinos, and utility pants if you are working outside for extended periods.
One of their most popular styles is the Lined Double L® Chinos. They are a natural fit and are perfect for a business casual look. The Lined Double L is known for being comfortable and warm and easy to wear. The chinos are lined with flannel (not fleece), so they are warm enough that you can wear indoors, while still being breathable and pleasant to wear indoors. Fleece tends to be warmer but not as breathable as a flannel.
What is cool about this style is that when looking at them it’s not apparent that they are lined, so you can wear them pretty much anywhere that you would wear regular chinos. L.L Bean clothes are known for being very durable and for lasting for years, and the Lined Double L® is no exception; not only are they tough, but they also wash and dry very well. This design is a popular option for someone who has circulation problems that make them always feel cold even when inside.
Eddie Bauer has a few different options for lined pants, with their Fleece Lined Chinos being one of their most versatile. They are a classic fit, so they will fall just below your waist and are straight on the leg and the thigh.
These are great for the office or shorter periods outside in the cold since they aren’t too warm to wear indoors. If you are outdoors for an extended period, they probably won’t be warm enough. A notable feature about this style is that they are super durable and hold up well to wear and frequent washing.
It is a little hard to find a slimmer fit that is flannel lined, but these Brook Brothers designs are styles that are worth trying out. Since they are Brooks Brothers, you can be confident that they will be beautifully made from very high-quality fabric. Reviews suggest that these flannel lined pants are a great fit, comfortable, and look good on.
Carhartt Men’s Washed Duck Dungaree Flannel Lined Work Pant
If you are looking for a workhorse pant look no further than the Carhartt Men’s Washed Duck Dungaree Flannel Lined Work Pant, this is one of your best bets for outdoor workers who need a reliable sturdy option that will keep them warm in the colder weather.
They are 100% Cotton and are lined with flannel. They are a jean material, but the colors can let you pass for almost a chinos type look but not really. They are durable and perfect for rougher weather.
Woolrich is an American heritage brand that is known for its outdoor wear. Their flannel lined pants are another excellent option if you are looking for chinos, but want that extra warmth that the flannel lining can give you. Woolrich’s Alderglen Flannel-Lined Chino is a moderately priced style that is a classic fit with a relaxed seat and thigh area.
Since they are lined with flannel, they probably aren’t going to keep you quite as warm as some of the fleece options. Still, they are great for shorter periods outside (walking a dog, shoveling, going to an outdoor game, commuting) and for wearing indoors, but not for extended periods outdoors.
They can be machine washed and should be pretty durable. There are some reports of this style fitting a little small, so if you are interested in this brand, make sure to check their sizing guides carefully.
Demon Hunter Men’s Regular-Fit Black Fleece Lined Chino Trousers
There are very few slim-fit options when you are shopping for lined pants. One that you may want to consider is the Demon Hunter Men’s Regular-Fit Black Fleece Lined Chino Trousers. The outer layer is 100% cotton, while the lining is a fluffy fleece.
They are called a regular fit, but they are more of a slim fit. The fleece lining is reportedly very comfortable and warm. They tend to fit a little small, so you may want to size up if you are interested in this style.
Weatherproof Vintage 1948 Fleece-Lined Jeans Classic Straight Leg
This style from Weatherproof is more of a jean than chinos, but it comes in one color (tan) that could potentially pass for business casual or more dressy situations if needed. This style is relatively inexpensive, with soft fleece lining. They are known for being comfy, durable, and having a good fit.
If you haven’t found anything on this list Gap, Old Navy, and J Crew sometimes have lined pants available, but at the time of writing this post, they don’t have any styles on offer.
Fleece is generally considered to be warmer than flannel. So if you are looking for a design to wear for an extended period outside, you will probably want to go with fleece. Fleece tends not to breathe as well as a flannel. Flannel works well if you want something that you can wear comfortably indoors and outdoors, and you need a bit of extra warmth.
If you are looking for clothing to keep you comfortable when commuting in the winter or have trouble staying warm in the colder months, lined pants are a fantastic investment that will help make winter more manageable.