All My Favourite Summer Trousers Have This One Simple Feature In Common

We’re all searching for that elusive outfit combination that ticks off comfortable and polished, aren’t we? I think ideally we’d all like to feel like we were wearing a tracksuit most of the time, while looking like we didn’t even know what one was. And in summer it becomes even harder to achieve both comfort and polish at once since the heat often has other ideas. 

This year, though, I’ve been determined to crack the code, experimenting with various outfit formulas and taking mental notes every time I see my fellow editors looking effortlessly chic on summer days. From my research, I’ve come to the conclusion that there seems to be one common denominator across all my favourite warm-weather outfits right now— and that’s drawstring wide-leg trousers. I’m guessing you’re probably already familiar with the joys of a baggy pant by now— we have been raving about this celeb and influencer-loved trend all autumn/winter— but the seasonal update of a tied waist not only makes this smart trouser feel easy, breezy and generally more relaxed for summer, it also makes them even more comfortable. Tick, tick, tick.


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Drawstring trousers are comfy but polished. 

Most drawstring trousers on the market right now come in airy linen fabrics (ch-ic)— in particular, there’s a pretty darn-near-perfect pair of Arket trousers I plan on investing in in multiple colours because I already know how much I’ll wear them. Oh, and I’ll take the matching shirt too while I’m at it. The holy grail of drawstring trousers, though, has to be The Row’s Dandy silk-blend canvas style which couldn’t possibly encapsulate polished comfort any better. Fret not, there’s also a budget-friendly satin pair from H&M which do a similar job of feeling a bit smarter.


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I'm wearing the H&M satin pair here on a recent trip to France. 

Whichever version you opt for, I can guarantee they’ll help you to look put-together this summer— whether you’re on the beach with bare feet, sightseeing in Europe or heading into the office during a heatwave. All they need is a simple vest top, and maybe a button down layer thrown over and you’ve got yourself the perfect summer outfit. Keep scrolling to shop my favourite pairs… 

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Emily Dawes
Affiliate Editor

Emily Dawes is the very definition of a fashion multi hyphenate. An editor, stylist and writer with over eleven years’ worth of experience in the industry, Emily is known for her impeccable taste, elegant outfit choices and being able to spot the next big thing in fashion from a mile off. Our readers loyally trust her advice and shopping suggestions; so much so she began her own column documenting the most expensive-looking pieces on the high street, which has become a top-performing piece of content for the Who What Wear brand.

Emily has worked for Who What Wear UK since 2020 in a myriad as roles, spanning from contributing editor and branded content editor. Now, she holds the position of affiliate editor and is responsible for the brand’s overall affiliate strategy, ideation and content execution. Working closely with Who What Wear UK’s affiliate manager, Emily has been instrumental in securing and nourishing brand partnerships, surpassing her goals as standard. Leading the team in tentpole shopping moments including Black Friday and Peak Trading, with Emily’s guidance and leadership, team Who What Wear is in a stronger affiliate position than ever before.

Prior to joining the Who What Wear team, Emily served as YOU Magazine’s acting fashion editor where she managed the fashion team and oversaw all fashion content output for the fast-paced weekly title. Emily is a stylist in her own right, having worked with a slew of VIP clients including writer and television personality, Elizabeth Day, as well as styling and art directing several celebrity cover shoots for glossy print publication, Grazia. Her adept fashion knowledge means brands regularly sought out to work with her as a consultant: previously she has developed marketing and content plans for brands for Cocoon and Edge of Ember. Before entering the industry, Emily obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English and American Studies with International Study from Nottingham University. Fun fact: Emily spent a year studying in America which saw her join a sorority during her time there.

When she’s not working or tracking down the chicest, new-in items to share with our audience, you’ll find Emily bestowing her East London home with her stylish flair, reading everything from the classics to cowboy romance novels and escaping to the country with husband, baby boy and dog, Roo, whenever she can.

Emily is currently on maternity leave.