The Best White Pants for Summer Are a Scorching Style Move
Because what's summer without them?
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There’s no underestimating the versatility of a white pant for summer. Whether you’re heading to a bonfire, dining al fresco or attending a sweltering August wedding, the white pant in its various iterations is equipped to handle whatever occasion you have planned, all while managing to capture the easy, carefree essence inherent to summer. It’s a pant that can look chill, beachy and nonchalant but just as easily communicate elegance, its blank, stark canvas proving malleable to one’s sartorial whims.
All that to say, with the dog days of summer still to come (and Memorial Day a ways away) there’s no more apt time to pick up a pair (or two or three) of white pants. Below we’ve gathered the 11 best pairs of white pants we could find, from linen joggers to drawstring cords and tailored trousers, taking into consideration the many activities you have planned and the different silhouettes/fabrics they’ll require. Go ahead, grab your favorites — just watch out for mustard.
J.Crew 484 Slim-Fit Stretch Chino Pant
Chances are you’re probably already familiar with J.Crew’s world-famous stretch chinos, and if not, what better way to acquaint yourself than with a pristine white pair. Made with just a touch of stretch, with your first wear you’ll see just how comfortable they are, especially in comparison to most khakis you’re accustomed to.
Todd Snyder Italian Cotton Gurkha Trouser
Add a subtle touch of elegance to a tee or polo with these pleated ghurka pants in a creamy white from Todd Snyder. You might think the cinched-style waist is too formal for everyday wear, but there’s no rule that states you can’t mix n’ match a bit of casual and formal in your everyday stylings.
Dickies Relaxed-Fit Utility Pant
Despite with that their mind-boggling price tag might insinuate, these relaxed-fit cousins of the 874 Work Pant are anything fragile. In fact, quite the opposite — as with most Dickies makes, the Relaxed-Fit Utility Pant is constructed to worn to the ground. A few scuffs on these white pants only add to the skater-adjacent charm — Evan Mock can attest.
Outerknown Organic Cotton Beach Jean
If you’re looking to go full beach bum this summer, consider Outerknown’s Beach Jeans. Don’t be dissuaded by these pants’ name — relaxed through the waist and thigh before tapering at the bottom, they’ll remain easy and breezy, perfect for bumming around the house or strolling into town.
Adidas Summer Skate Relaxed Work Pants
If you have yet to invest in a solid pair of work pants, Adidas’ Summer Skate Trousers are your guy. Made from 100% cotton, they’re intentionally shaped for a full, relaxed fit that the kids might call, “sick as hell”.
Uniqlo x Theory Ultra Light Relaxed Pants
These proper trousers from Uniqlo may be fit for the office, but they contain a secret; namely, they’re impossibly light. An easy-breezy fit and acres of pillowy comfort are only enhanced by a touch of stretch.
Alex Mill Field Chino
Inspired by the OG-170 military style pants, these Alex Mill chinos are cut with a straight leg and deep pockets, then garment-dyed and wash so they’ll already feel broken in without you having to do any of the work.
BDG Vintage Straight Fit Jeans
Some might say that denim is too hot for the summery months, and to that, we say that you’ve clearly never tried BDG’s vintage-inspired jeans. Cut straight and designed with a high-rise waist, they’ve got some serious vintage curb appeal.
Saturdays NYC Jungle Floral Printed George Trouser
Need a little color in your life? Saturday’s Floral-Printed Trousers scream summer, while (technically) fulfilling that white pant requirement). Pair down with a casual tank (and maybe some white sneakers) for a can’t-miss warm-weather ‘fit.
Gap Vintage Pleated Khakis
Gap’s relaxed khakis are undeniably the most on-trend pair of slacks on this list. Relaxed-cut? Check. Pleated? Check. Reminiscent of a handsome French waiter’s ensemble? That too — it’s a good thing, we promise.
Caruso Panarea Straight-Leg Pleated Linen Drawstring Suit Trousers
With wedding season upon us, we recommend picking up this dapper pair of drawstring trousers from Caruso. And just to be on the safe side, opt for a solid-colored shirt (a la the model pictured above) when styling the pants, lest you want to steal the spotlight on the bride’s big day and incur the wrath of bridezilla.
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