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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 June 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 official arrival of summer impending (and Memorial Day just weeks away) there’s no more apt time to pick up a pair (or two or three) of white pants. Below we’ve gather the 11 best pairs of white pants currently offered, 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. So go ahead, get your fill of them before Labor Day.
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 Stretch Cotton Madison Pleated Pant
Add a subtle touch of elegance to a tee or polo with these pleated pants in a creamy white from Todd Snyder. You might think a pleat 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.
Outerknown Paz Cord Pants
If you’re looking to go full beach bum this summer, consider Outerknown’s Paz Cord Pants. Don’t be dissuaded by the fact that these pants are corduroy — the pants are relaxed through the waist and thigh before tapering at the bottom, meaning they’ll remain easy and breezy, perfect for bumming around the house or strolling into town.
Noah 5-Pocket Denim
If you have yet to invest in a solid pair of white jeans, spring for Noah’s 5-Pocket Denim made from highly compact, dense 100% cotton Japanese selvedge denim. Because of the weaving techniques used, the yarn pattern will vary from pair to pair, meaning no two will be alike.
Mango Linen Jogger Trousers
You’ve probably accumulated your fair share of joggers in the past year, but now it’s time to switch them out for a pair that’s a little more seasonally appropriate, like this linen pair from Mango. So next time you find yourself reaching for those sweats, pick up these instead.
Dickies Cutoff 874 Work Pant
Now these Dickies pants are white, perfect for those who like to take the assignment very literally. The pristine color is balanced out by the rugged silhouette and details like the cutoff, unfinished hem. Kudos to you if you can keep them spotless, but we also think they’d look even cooler with a bit of visible wear and tear to them.
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.
Uniqlo Cotton Relaxed Ankle Pants
For those prone to messes and spills and therefore unsure about investing in a pricier pair of white pants, opt instead for these easy pull-on ankle pants from Uniqlo that are only 20 bucks, so you won’t have to be too precious with them.
Saturdays Kingston Climbing Pant
Go full gorpcore this summer with these vintage-inspired climbing pants from surf-brand Saturdays. While they might not be the most practical color for scaling rocks (or any strenuous outdoor activity for that matter) they’ll at the very least give you the appearance and air of a very cool, very stylish off-duty rock climber.
Onia Collin Linen Pant
Because you can never have too much linen come summer, the Collin Pant from Onia is ideal for those days when you want to look slightly more dressed up without sacrificing comfort. Offering the tailored appearance of a traditional linen pant, the silhouette has been updated to accommodate for comfort thanks to the elastic waistband.
Briglia 1949 Straight-Leg Tailored Trousers
With wedding season upon us, we recommend picking up this dapper pair of trousers from Briglia 1949. And just to be on the safe side, opt for a patterned or non-white 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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