Up your style game with our top summer pant picks.
Go To Ladylike Lengths
Capris, pedal pushers, clam-diggers—whatever you want to call them—these summer pants are the perfect foil for hot weather. Hitting just above the ankle but usually well below the knee, the length tends to shorten your frame. To help create a long line, go with a simple, straight-legged version. A tucked-in top and a belt or sash in a similar tone creates a clean, uninterrupted silhouette. The cropped hem lets you show off your footwear—fancy or otherwise.
Form Meets Function
Fashion favorite of the 90s, the cargo pant (with its practical patch pockets and combat vibe) is making a comeback; thankfully, this time with a higher waist and slimmer silhouette. If you want to pay homage to the girl bands of that era, a crop top and chunky sneakers are all you need. While this trend generally lends itself to more casual looks, we say kick up your kitten heels and slip into a silky blouse for a night on the town.
These Pants Are No Slouch
Talk about comfortable—and believe us, when it comes to summer pants, the unstructured drawstring wins, hands down. The key to pulling off this popular look? Balance the uber casual silhouette with more polished pieces. We love the look of a fitted (and tucked in) top and just enough bling, so you don’t look like you just rolled out of bed. You can also elevate these pants (literally) with a pair of heels. We suggest a wedge or stacked heel to help lengthen the leg.
Room To Relax
Ultra comfy and universally flattering, the classic wide-leg may just be the superstar of summer pants (it was after all, Hollywood icon, Katharine Hepburn’s signature silhouette). For an unfussy, yet sophisticated look, we love a barely-to-the floor length finished with block heels, pop-of-color pumps or booties. Top it off with a breezy blouse and chunky accessories. If you want a more relaxed look, try a cropped style paired with sleek sneakers, mules or slides. Add a straw bag and Sophia Loren-sized sunglasses. More star power to you.
No Need To Rein In This Style
Gauchos take their inspiration from the pants worn by South American gauchos (cowboys!), but fear not, styled with a few key pieces, this pant is a fun and feminine alternative to shorts. Typically high-waisted and loosely tapered from the thigh, gauchos pair nicely with a statement top that’s half tucked in, and a waist-defining wide belt. Finish with a pair of block heels for more retro-inspired flair.
Work or Play—This Pant Goes Either Way
Not as billowy as a true wide-leg pant, this slimmer version still checks all of the same boxes for comfort, ease and versatility. The pant feels relaxed without looking sloppy, making it a good workwear choice. Since the length hits just at your ankle, your shoes have a chance to make a style statement, too. Try a kitten heel or a polished pump if you’re taking this look to work. Otherwise, a strappy wedge sandal does the trick of adding height and structure to your outfit.
No longer relegated to couch-surfing loungewear, the jogger—especially in airy, breathable linen—is a sartorial summer staple. You can sport a more street-savvy style with a simple change of your kicks. Skip the sneakers and opt for a pair of heels to keep the outfit fresh. We love joggers with unique details, such as zippered pockets or a lace-up side design. The tapered leg and elastic opening are the quintessential casual combo: relaxed, yet fitted.
For some, summer screams “Shorts!” And for others, summer pants are the way to go. If the latter sounds more like your warm-weather go-to, ask your Stylist to include a pair in your next Fix.