There was a time when double-knee pants were reserved for those who actually needed them: plumbers, carpenters, and the like. Nowadays, Carhartt double-knee pants are the bread and butter of contemporary wardrobes the world over. But for the uninitiated, the question stands: what are double-knee pants? Aren’t all trousers double-knee pants?

No.

Double knee pants are traditionally work pants and feature an extra panel of material — usually a hard-wearing cotton canvas — to each knee, sewn on and often riveted at each corner. The reinforced knees extend the lifespan of the pants which would usually wear and break at the knee first.

Take a walk around Brooklyn or East London, though, and you’ll quickly realize that the audience paying attention to double-knee pants has changed a lot. These pants, now the toast of Instagram moodboards, are everywhere. That’s why it’s essential to diversify your collection. Below, we’ve put together a list of the best double-knee pants to cop for fall and winter to stand out from the crowd.

Shop the best double-knee pants below.

Carhartt WIP Double Knee Trousers

Double Knee Trousers

Double Knee Trousers

$150

Carhartt WIP

Buy at ssense

Where better to start than with the OG? Carhartt double knee pants are royalty in the world of workwear pants but that also means they're the most popular. We're opting for this pastel pink colorway for a little twist on the classic this season.

TOMBOGO Convertible Double Knee Cargo Pants

Convertible Double Knee Cargo Pants

Convertible Double Knee Cargo Pants

$350

TOMBOGO

Buy at ssense

More pockets = more clout. That's just the way it goes in workwear. TOMBOGO kits you out with some beautiful convertiblism here, allowing you to detach the double-knee panels if you're over losing your keys and phone every time you put them away.

Karu Research Double Knee Jeans

Double Knee Jeans

Double Knee Jeans

$490

Karu Research

Buy at ssense

Karu Research is bringing bold new character to the world of double-knee carpenter pants. Patterned fabrics stand out against a clean white backdrop.

424 Straight Work Pants

Straight Work Pants

Straight Work Pants

$410

424

Buy at Luisaviaroma

424 collections always revolve around a handful of understated classics which are highlighted by bold red 424 brand patches. Here, the leather patch sits at the waist.

Phipps Double Leg Trousers

Double Leg Trousers

Double Leg Trousers

$181

Phipps

Buy at Browns

Part of Phipps' GOLD LABEL VINTAGE collection, this pair of double-knee pants is pre-worn and refurbished. Still featuring the original Carhartt logo to the reverse, they also now carry Phipps' star logo at the left pocket.

House of Sunny Double Knee Painter Jeans

Double Knee Painter Jeans

Double Knee Painter Jeans

$189

House of Sunny

Buy at Urban Outfitters

Contrast is the name of the game for this pair of Double Knee Painter Jeans from House of Sunny.

Dickies x Opening Ceremony Flock Pants

Opening Ceremony Flock Pants

Opening Ceremony Flock Pants

$190

Dickies

Buy at Slam Jam

Dickies is the OG, so the fact that it's connected with Opening Ceremony to bring a more luxurious, leftfield flourish to the classic double-knee pants is a big move.

One Of These Days Work Pant

Work Pant

Work Pant

$340

One Of These Days

Buy at One Of These Days

If you haven't already heard of One Of These Days, then make a note because you'll likely be seeing a lot more of them soon. Offering up pitch-perfect modern takes of Western-style and Americana workwear pieces, the label is the ideal place to look for a pair of double-knees. Sure, this pair is cut from classic indigo denim, but while others walk around with crisp double-knees, yours will be meticulously beaten, exhibiting spot-on fades to the heavy-duty 12oz denim.

Hayato Cesca Double Knee Trousers

Cesca Double Knee Trousers

Cesca Double Knee Trousers

$230

Hayato

Buy at Mr Porter

Part of the Throwing Fits collaborative capsule, these exclusive Hayato double-knee pants are a big standout in the workwear landscape. Green is a striking color choice and the signature grid embroidery to each knee is a great touch.

Dickies Double Knee Work Pants

Double Knee Denim Pants

Double Knee Denim Pants

$87

Dickies

Buy at Slam Jam

Okay, they're not bold and they're not likely to turn any heads, but we couldn't leave out the classic Dickies Double Knee Work Pants. Sturdy and secure.

Sky High Farm Embroidered Workwear Pants

Embroidered Workwear Pants

Embroidered Workwear Pants

$405

Sky High Farm Workwear

Buy at Slam Jam

Embroidered patches bring character to this pair of carpenter pants which, without the detailing, would be understated and classic. With them, they've got an air of playful fun.

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