Every Fashion Person Relies On This Easy Staple in the Summer

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I have a confession to make. I might actually have a shopping problem. It isn't even summer yet, and I've already ordered my favorite summer wardrobe staple three times. You see, I'm such a picky fashion editor, and I insist on owning the perfect linen pants, so I had to try on a few styles for size. Every summer, it seems like every fashion person is sporting a pair of these breezy, lightweight pants, and this year, I need to be the proud owner of the best on the market.

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What do I look for when buying linen pants? I've collected linen pants over the years, and there are a few things I consider when buying them. First and foremost, I pay very close attention to the quality of the fabric. Not all linen is created equal, and some brands will advertise an item as linen, but after a closer look at the description, I'll notice there's a bit more polyester than I'd like to see. The vision is 100% linen.

Fit is also important to me. It's easy for a pair of linen pants to feel outdated if the fit isn't exactly how it should be. Right now, I look for relaxed styles that aren't too loose or baggy but have more of a wide leg. I prefer mid-rise or low-rise because they feel fresh to me. But to each their own.

If you're shopping for the ultimate summer wardrobe staple, look no further than linen pants. Trust me—once you try them, you'll be as hooked as I am.

Straight from my closet, this is the best pair of linen pants overall:

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Associate Editor

Sierra Mayhew was always destined to work in fashion, but she didn't know it at first. Growing up with no choice but to wear a rotation of school uniforms and activewear, her love for fashion really blossomed when she moved away for college and was able to finally define her very own personal style. Shortly thereafter, she interned at Elle magazine and instantly knew that editorial was for her. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, she worked for ShopBazaar, contributing regularly to Bazaar.com, and finally made her way to Who What Wear, where she is an associate editor. When she’s not working, you can catch her always trying to catch a flight, rollerblading through New York City traffic, or exploring the latest luxury vintage boutique.