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.
See? Red, white, and blue don't have to be cheesy.
These wide-leg khakis are the perfect complement to a dramatic top.
These billowy trousers are every bit as feminine as a skirt or dress.
Cropped linen pants are made for lounging in the sun.
The paper-bag waist makes these an ideal match for crop tops.
This airy, ankle-skimming silhouette can go from the beach to dinner and drinks.
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Pajama dressing just got a whole lot chicer.
Add a white tee and slides for the easiest weekend outfit ever.
These aren't your average stripes.
The elusive work pants you actually want to wear.
Do we need more gingham in our wardrobes? Probably not. Are we still adding these trousers to our cart as we speak? Definitely.
Gwyneth-approved, so you know they're good.
Tropical but not the least bit tourist-y.
These will make your legs look miles long.
These take once-uncool elements—a pleated front and tab closure—and turn them on their head.
Two types of stripes are better than one.
Balance out the volume with a closer-fitting top.
Wear these with a bandeau on the beach or a button-down to lunch.
Move over, millennial pink—fuchsia is fresh for summer.
Nautical vibes—no sailing skills required.
Like the karate pants you wore as a kid (only much, much cooler).
Next, stop procrastinating and buy the dress you need for your next summer wedding—while it's on sale.