Between a pandemic that has kept us at home and the sweltering heat that always accompanies this time of year, there are fewer and fewer reasons to put on a pair of jeans. If you are looking to keep your denim in rotation right now, though, be my guest (and get your download on a few new denim trends while you're at it). But something tells me that you're also itching to discover some summer jean alternatives like I am, so if that's the case, then this one's for you.
The fashion set is on the same page here, and I've spotted them swapping looser and more forgiving bottoms into their summer outfits and some rather chic ones at that. Taking the lead are billowy, wide-leg trousers and all manner of shorts from track shorts to knit shorts. Once you discover these five fresh options that are on deck for the season, I have a hunch you'll also be inclined to branch out from your denim stack and into new territory. Who knows? Maybe you'll even discover a jean alternative that will get more airtime than your beloved jeans ever did. Don't say I didn't warn you.
1. Tailored Shorts
Like it or not, long Bermuda-length shorts are here to stay. The tailored look is a favorite for when you want to look polished without trying too hard, which is why fashion people have been quick to choose them over jeans lately.
Remember when all anyone could wear or talk about were sweatpants? Well, they haven't quite stopped; they've simply turned their attention to warm weather–friendly sweatshorts.
3. Roomy Trousers
Tailored but slouchy, this trouser silhouette is everywhere right now, and the creamy beige tones many of them come in couldn't be better for summer.
4. Hot Pants
Hot pants (yes, hot pants) are another shorts trend taking hold. Sure, they can seem intimidatingly tiny at first, but the knitted and crocheted versions we're seeing look like the ultimate way to do summertime loungewear.
5. Boxer Shorts
That's right. Boxer shorts are the latest trend that's replacing jeans and jean shorts right now, and thanks to cool versions from The Frankie Shop and Comme Si, fashion people are predominately styling them as a set with coordinated Oxford shirts.
Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.