10 Pairs of Summer Pants Every Woman Should Own and How To Style Them

Easy, breezy, and comfortable.
Last Updated
Feb 22, 2022

In hot weather, pants are usually one of the last things you want to wear. Unfortunately, when walking around in sweltering humidity, jeans, trousers, and leggings don’t often equate to a breezy, comfortable outfit. The solution to said seasonal woes? The secret category of summer-ready pants. 

Think lightweight pants like pleated trousers and utilitarian cargo pants for hot weather but reimagined in fabrics like linen, silk, and cotton. If you simply can’t cut denim from your everyday wardrobe, look for more casual takes on jeans, like those with a slouchy, oversized fit or pairs in a white denim finish. The best part is that all of these pants are highly versatile—they work well for days by the sea, luxuriating poolside, or when heading to work. You can style these thin bottoms with anything from swimwear and delicate jewelry to basics like tees, summer sweaters, or a chic bodysuit for an outfit that’s both day and night-appropriate

Whether you’re planning looks to get you through the remaining days of summer, mapping out transitional weather outfits, or investing in timeless pants, read ahead for our guide to the ten best summer pants. From linen to cotton, cropped to wide-leg, and printed to silk, you’ll undoubtedly find a chic style for you.

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Summer Pants: Linen

No fabric is more quintessential for the heat than linen, making the linen pant an absolute must-have for any women’s seasonal wardrobe. An obvious pick with casual pieces or swimwear for beach days, seaside getaways or hours spent by the pool, the lightweight fabric can appear ultra-polished in the form of a wide-leg trouser or tailored pant. Neutral tones like ivory, beige, caramel and khaki green will be the most versatile buys for your wardrobe. To dress up this laidback pant, reach for luxe basics like a silk blouse, minimal sandals and a leather belt for effortless style.

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Summer Pants: White

Crisp white trousers are a stunning year-round staple, but they make for the best work pants for hot weather in the form of wide-leg trousers, straight legs, and slim and cropped silhouettes. When you need to look your most polished, take a cue from TyLynn Nguyen and pair yours with a sharp blazer (bonus points for choosing a striking shade like teal), bodysuit and minimal strappy sandals. For cocktail hours or more casual settings, remove the jacket but add in bold baubles like a statement necklace, chunky earrings or a few stacked rings.

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Summer Pants: Silk

The easiest—and most comfortable—way to dress up warm-weather basics? Go for silk pants, from tapered trousers to wide-leg cuts and languid straight legs. Though this style of summer pant speaks for itself, accessories can steer things in a super-luxe direction. We love Shea Marie’s take with an oversize Bottega Veneta pouch, strappy sandals and a chunky chain-link necklace.

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Summer Pants: Loose Jeans

Jeans in the heat are the definition of misery for many. Unless, of course, you’re donning slouchy, surfer-style denim (preferably with a nostalgic look á la the ’90s). This look is rooted in nonchalance; think Baja California vibes with flat sandals, beaded jewelry and beachy waves. On top, you can go slinky or voluminous with a retro tube top, a simple tank, a feminine blouse or a cool linen shirt. Pro tip: size up in your jeans to ensure a slouchier fit that’s all but restricting.

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Summer Pants: Cotton

Utilitarian pieces like flight suits and anoraks have a seasonless appeal to them, but cotton utility trousers are quintessential in the heat. From tapered legs and straight, belted-waists to pleats, we love a sleek offset to cargo pockets, pull-tabs, and snap buttons. Perfect pairings include a minimal bodysuit and block-heel sandals in light or neutral tones, exemplified by Thora Valdimars. To finish? Delicate gold and diamond-dusted jewels.

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Summer Pants: Cropped

Cropped pants instantly conjure a summer vibe, from high-rise twill trousers to tapered canvas cuts and belted cotton bottoms with roomy legs. No matter your preference, you can dress this type of pant up or down in an instant. For occasions, a gorgeous top, heels, and statement jewels helps the ensemble feel refined. On casual days, take a cue from Felicia Akerstrom, and style your cropped pant of choice with a simple white tank, a sleek crossbody bag, and luxe leather flats. If you’re out and about all day, don’t be afraid to double-up on the bag front and tote around this season’s favorite accessory—a woven carry-all. 

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Summer Pants: White Jeans

Like linen pants, white jeans feel inherently summery, making them essential as your go-to silhouette. Flared and wide-leg white jeans are classic, especially when paired with nautical staples like Breton stripes and cable knits. For a trendier that incorporates elements of nostalgic ’90s fashion, go for a straight-leg jean with a high-rise waist and pair with sporty extras like chunky sneakers, a tank top and a baseball cap. What’s more, you can easily transition this look into fall—we love Sandra Saucedas’s take with a sweatshirt tossed on effortlessly over her shoulders.

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Summer Pants: Après Swim

It wouldn’t be summer without a dip in the ocean or a float in the pool. Before or after, an ultra-lightweight and swingy summer pant—which we’ve branded as the après swim pant—makes for an ultra-chic moment in place of a kaftan or gauzy dress. Think a little bit sheer, crocheted or made from linen or silk. When styled with a chic swimsuit, sunglasses and a few subtly sparkly jewels, the result is peak resort wear chic.

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Summer Pants: Flowy

When you simply can’t fathom the idea of pants in the heat, flowy pants are unquestionably the answer. Pleated styles with high-rise waists are particularly on-trend for the season thanks to the influx of nostalgic fashion trends, whether you choose linen, silk or a comfortable blend. This summer pant is ideal for transitioning seasons, too. As Aimee Song demonstrates, they work flawlessly with a slim-fit knit and a chunky sweater thrown on for extra warmth.

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Summer Pants: Printed

Like with dresses, blouses and skirts, a printed pant has an undeniable summer feel. This season, animal motifs are highly in-demand, from zebra and tiger stripes to leopard spots and snake print. Keep this look elevated and carefree in the heat by paring yours back with minimal staples like a classic white T-shirt. Then, mix in timeless accents like a diamond necklace and a Cartier bangle and finish with rhinestone or chain-adorned sandals for an added touch of luxe.

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