Menswear | Updated June 16, 2021 10:57 am
Originally Published June 16, 2020 10:57 am

15 Lightweight Pants You’ll Actually Want to Wear This Summer

And no, linen's not your only option

15 Lightweight Pants You’ll Actually Want to Wear This Summer

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This may come as a surprise, but not everyone loves summer. In fact, some of us (myself included) dread it, hate it and wish we could just go right to fall, and with good reason — summer is gross. And our hatred for summer is further compounded by the daily dilemma of what to wear. For some, the answer is as simple as shorts, but, and this might come as yet another surprise, not everyone loves shorts. Many don’t want to feel the breeze on their calves and instead prefer the full coverage only pants can provide. And in the event there’s some summer soiree to attend, shorts can feel a little too casual. That’s why you need a pair of lightweight pants for summer.

You’d be a masochist to pull out your most rigid, heavy-duty, constricting jeans in 90-degree weather, but a nice pair of linen or 100% cotton pants (or even lightweight denim) will provide the comfortable, familiar feel of pants, without the added worry of overheating. Even better is these fabrics rendered in a looser, oversized silhouette, allowing for more wiggle and breathing room.

Below you’ll find 15 pairs of pants as stylish as they are appropriate for summer, meaning you won’t have to sacrifice your love of a full leg just to beat the heat.

Todd Snyder Stretch Corduroy Weekend Pant

We know what you’re thinking — corduroy pants in the summer sounds like hell, but these Corduroy Weekend Pants from Todd Snyder are made from a washed micro-cord that feel as soft (and lightweight) as a pair of sweats.

Saturdays George Cotton Trouser

Go big or go home with Saturdays George Cotton Trouser, a pull-on pant that offers a relaxed silhouette including plenty of room in the legs, meaning less chance of the fabric sticking to your skin and less sweat. Pair the easy pants with an easy tee on those days when it’s so hot you can’t be bothered.

Alex Mill Pull-On Button Fly Pant

Alex Mill Pull-On Button Fly Pant

If you can’t be bothered with buttons this summer, and you seek the look of a pant combined with the ease of a sweatpant, it doesn’t get much better than Alex Mill’s Pull-On Button Fly Pant. The pair features an elasticized waist with adjustable drawstring tie, meaning no annoying buttons or hardware digging into your skin. In appearance, the pants are a far cry from the casualness of sweats, but they provide the illusion of trying without really having to do so.

Taylor Stitch The Camp Pant

You don’t necessarily have to go camping in these pants as the name suggests, although they would be suited to both the outdoors and less rugged activities. Crafted from 100% organic cotton that’s been washed for a lived-in feel, the interior of these lightweight pants is ultra soft (and thus ultra comfortable), while the outside remains durable.

Mango Slim-Fit Lyocell Linen Pants

If you like the feel of linen but sometimes think the look of it is too casual, find the perfect compromise in these Lyocell Linen Pants from Mango which offer a sleek, less beach-y look and vibe than your standard linen pants, all while reaping the benefits of the soft, stretchy and, most importantly, lightweight fabric.

Everlane The Cargo Jogger

Yes, cargo pants are back, but fear not, as they’re no longer the baggy ill-fitting styles of yesteryear. Take this pair from Everlane, which features a relaxed but not baggy silhouette, so you’ll still get the perfect slouch without looking like you’re drowning in excess fabric. Made from a cotton-linen blend, it’s the perfect summer pant for when you’re feeling a little nostalgic and wanna throw it back to the early 2000s.

Mr. P Herringbone Cotton and Linen-Blend Chinos

Mr. P Herringbone Cotton and Linen-Blend Chinos

You might not notice it at first, but if you look very closely you’ll see a small-scale herringbone weave. These pants are cut in a looser fit than the chinos you’re accustomed to, but that just makes them all the more ideal for summer. This deep blue color is reminiscent of a French chore jacket and is perfect for carrying that aesthetic into summer.

Uniqlo Ultra Light Seersucker Pants

One of the many joys of summer is that it’s finally seersucker season. Uniqlo offers a pared down version of the often overtly preppy style, a pair that reads more subtle than the ones you’re likely to see sported by frat bros.


Flint and Tinder 365 Pant – Straight

There’s a reason Flint and Tinder’s 365 Pant continues to endure as one of their best sellers — with the cut of a jean, the look of chinos and the feel of performance pants, it’s the perfect pair fit for tackling anything you see fit to throw at it this summer, whether that’s commuting to the office or running errands.

Faherty Essential Pant

Made from a cotton-linen blend fabric, Faherty sought to make the Essential Pant all the more, well, essential for hot, humid summer days by adding extra breathability, perfect for hanging out by the AC or heading out to brave the heat.

J.Crew 770™ Straight-Fit Stretch Chino Pant

Sometimes you just gotta stick with the classics, like this reliable pair from J.Crew. Have a little fun with them by opting for a color you normally wouldn’t, like this brick red pair.

Madewell Indigo Relaxed Straight Workwear Pants

Madewell Indigo Relaxed Straight Workwear Pants

While these lightweight pants have the look of jeans they’re actually a faded indigo-dyed herringbone cotton. It’s the easiest way to get your fix of jeans this summer without actually having to wear them.

Bonobos Pleated Chinos

Bonobos Pleated Chinos

Sure, chinos aren’t hard to come by, but what about a pair of striped pleated chinos, like these from Bonobos? The fine striping is classic and even a little elegant. They’re the ideal lightweight pant for wanting to look put together without wanting to put in the effort. Just let them do the work for you.

Abercrombie Slim Taper Pleated Pant

In the instance you have a slightly dressier occasion to attend but can’t bring yourself to slip, or rather tug, on a pair of constricting trousers, opt instead for these smart pleated pants from Abercrombie. Throw on a crisp button-down and know one will even know you’re wearing pants with an elastic waistband — gasp!

Outerknown Beach Jeans

Outerknown crafted these lightweight jeans with the beach in mind (it’s even in the name!) so you can rest assured they’re capable of enduring summer. The jeans are made from a lightweight denim that’s simultaneously durable and breathable.