The Best Pants to Wear for Summer (and No, They're Not Jeans)

Hilary George-Parkin

Denim may get all the credit in the summer months, what with our visions of California girls in Daisy Dukes (bikinis on top) and lazy long-weekend outfits. But jeans aren't the only option to consider if you want to wear pants this season—or just can't get away with short shorts at the office.

Don't forgo wide-leg pants in lightweight fabrics like linen and cotton right now: Paired with a button-down or tailored top, they're an easy way to look polished for a 9-to-5, and after hours, you can wear them with a cropped tank and platform heels for a ventilated yet not super skimpy.

It-girl label Staud gave the style its stamp of approval (several times over, in fact) in its capsule collection for Net-a-Porter, and our favorite of the bunch, a rose-colored pair with pajama-inspired piping, is begging to be worn with a graphic tee and white cat-eye sunglasses. Likewise, cool-again khakis won't invite comparisons to your dad's go-to slacks if they're paired with a crop top.

Scroll on to see how six of our most stylish Instagram follows are wearing wide-leg pants for summer, and shop picks from Pixie Market, Tome, Mango, and more.

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