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I haven’t worn a pair of shorts in at least five years. I don’t have some deep-seated aversion toward them—in fact, I’m pretty into any article of clothing you can comfortably wear during super hot, super humid summer months. The thing is, shorts have never really worked for me. (And thus began my lengthy love affair with summer pants.)
You see, I have long legs. That’s not a #humblebrag so much as it is an explanation of why my relationship with shorts is so damn fraught. Every time my friends and I would go shorts shopping in high school, I’d walk away empty-handed. Every pair of shorts I tried on looked more like denim underwear than anything else—which is definitely a look, but not the vibe I was trying to cultivate at age 15. I spent years trying to find the Perfect Pair of Summer Shorts to no avail—and then, I simply gave up.
But this isn’t a tragedy. In fact, once I freed myself of the burden of shorts shopping, I was able to make sartorial space for other things—summer pants, for instance. It didn’t take me long to realize summer shorts are low-key over-hyped and summer pants are, by extension, high-key underrated; they’re comfortable, breathable and easy to move around in—plus, you don’t have to worry about pants riding up as you walk, so you can rest assured knowing wardrobe malfunctions are out of the question.
Gone were the days of strenuous summer shopping. I now had a simple way to get dressed during the summer (and a way that prevented humidity-induced thigh chafing, at that). If that’s not a gift, I don’t know what is.
These chic pants want to take you everywhere this summer. (And they’re so versatile they definitely could.)
Dip-dye pants were a thing I had no idea I needed—until now, of course.
Because your tropical print obsession deserves to trickle into the pants-sphere, too.
A no-fail addition to any summer wardrobe.
Because we give far too much credit to floral dresses—and not nearly enough attention to the equally delightful genre, floral pants.
Buying this go-to culotte and styling it exactly like so.
Pants that are easily dressed up or down, depending on the occasion.
Long live the paperbag-waist.
Pants so damn fun you’ll catch yourself staring at them all day long.
Equal parts retro and contemporary—a tough balance to strike, to be sure.
Cargos that feel distinctly 2019.
Pants so sleek you’ll be looking for excuses to wear them.
An animal print that’s not rendered too realistically.
I mean, iridescent anything gets an emphatic yes from me.
Because python print is cool. But purple python print is cooler.
An undoubtedly elegant addition to any wardrobe.
Fodder for your next vacation—and your next vacation Instagram.
Never seen this print before, but I’m absolutely in love with it.
Pants fit for Barbie. And you, in your most Barbie-worthy moments.
Amazing how much chicer cargo pants look when rendered absolutely structure-less, no?
Trousers you could definitely lounge around in all day long.
Structure and tie-dye seem like a match made in hell—but these eye-catching pants prove otherwise.
Usually, I’d be averse to a pant that ruffles at the bottom. But these are so damn fun I’m tempted to give ’em a try.
Nothing says “summer” like gingham, well, anything.
I’ve never loved paisley as much as I do in this moment.
The understated print leaves these pants feeling all kinds of textured.
Tie-dye seems like it’d be all about the color. But these pants are proof that negative space matters, too.
Basically pajamas fit for outdoor-wear.
Sleek enough for date night. Cozy enough to wear to bed.
Mom jeans just got the tie-dye treatment. (It was only a matter of time, right?)
Pants so fun they’re practically begging to be worn alongside all your favorite tops.
Tie-dye so mesmerizing I kind fo can’t stop staring??
Peep that tassel-lined hem, though.
Cargos rendered in their most elegant iteration.
Edgy, bohemian and cozy—all at the same damn time.
Just sheer enough.
Your go-to wide-leg pant, adorned with all kinds of statement-making details.
Sure to play well with every top you own.
Cheetah print pants sound so wrong, but look so, so right.
Kind of tropical, kind of floral—all cute.
Bell bottoms are making a comeback, and I definitely don’t hate it.
Striped, colorful pants are basically always a good idea.
Chic. Elegant. Versatile. I’ll take 11.
Long live the wide-leg crop.
Aughts-inspired—and too cool to pass up.
The perfect vibrant summer trouser to introduce to your work wardrobe.
The statement pant you’ve been looking for.
Breezy enough to keep you going on even the most humid of summer days.
I own pants just like these, and they’re exactly as fun as you’d expect. (Pretty comfy, too!)
As breathable as your go-to sundress.
Nothing wrong with a little summer pinstripe.
Pair these with your favorite button-down for statement-making professional style.
Love a vibrant animal print—no matter the season.
Introducing: your new favorite vacation pant.
Fit for any summer party—casual or fancy.
These are all kinds of cool—and drip with festival season appeal.
A cargo pant that feels distinctly sleek.
A dressier take on retro flares? I’m in.
Striped pants at their most mesmerizing.
Sure to play well with any top in your closet.
Harem pants that make the most of summer’s patchwork trend.
Hot pink pants are my new favorite thing.
Camo is still, very much, on the menu.
The ruffled slits on these pants are low-key cooler than I am.
Fit for wearing to the pool, the park, the office—and basically everywhere else you’re headed this summer.
Sweatpants veritably cute enough to wear outdoors.
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A version of this story was originally published in July 2018. Updated July 2019.