Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

Lindsey Lanquist
Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe
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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.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

These chic pants want to take you everywhere this summer. (And they’re so versatile they definitely could.)

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

Dip-dye pants were a thing I had no idea I needed—until now, of course.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

Because your tropical print obsession deserves to trickle into the pants-sphere, too.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

A no-fail addition to any summer wardrobe.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

Because we give far too much credit to floral dresses—and not nearly enough attention to the equally delightful genre, floral pants.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

Buying this go-to culotte and styling it exactly like so.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

Pants that are easily dressed up or down, depending on the occasion.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

Long live the paperbag-waist.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

Pants so damn fun you’ll catch yourself staring at them all day long.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

Equal parts retro and contemporary—a tough balance to strike, to be sure.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

Cargos that feel distinctly 2019.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

Pants so sleek you’ll be looking for excuses to wear them.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

An animal print that’s not rendered too realistically.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

I mean, iridescent anything gets an emphatic yes from me.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

Because python print is cool. But purple python print is cooler.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

An undoubtedly elegant addition to any wardrobe.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

Fodder for your next vacation—and your next vacation Instagram.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

Never seen this print before, but I’m absolutely in love with it.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

Pants fit for Barbie. And you, in your most Barbie-worthy moments.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

Amazing how much chicer cargo pants look when rendered absolutely structure-less, no?

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

Trousers you could definitely lounge around in all day long.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

Structure and tie-dye seem like a match made in hell—but these eye-catching pants prove otherwise.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

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.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

Nothing says “summer” like gingham, well, anything.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

I’ve never loved paisley as much as I do in this moment.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

The understated print leaves these pants feeling all kinds of textured.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

Tie-dye seems like it’d be all about the color. But these pants are proof that negative space matters, too.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

Basically pajamas fit for outdoor-wear.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

Sleek enough for date night. Cozy enough to wear to bed.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

Mom jeans just got the tie-dye treatment. (It was only a matter of time, right?)

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

Pants so fun they’re practically begging to be worn alongside all your favorite tops.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

Tie-dye so mesmerizing I kind fo can’t stop staring??

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

Peep that tassel-lined hem, though.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

Cargos rendered in their most elegant iteration.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

Edgy, bohemian and cozy—all at the same damn time.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

Just sheer enough.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

Your go-to wide-leg pant, adorned with all kinds of statement-making details.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

Sure to play well with every top you own.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

Cheetah print pants sound so wrong, but look so, so right.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

Kind of tropical, kind of floral—all cute.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

Bell bottoms are making a comeback, and I definitely don’t hate it.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

Striped, colorful pants are basically always a good idea.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

Chic. Elegant. Versatile. I’ll take 11.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

Long live the wide-leg crop.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

Aughts-inspired—and too cool to pass up.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

The perfect vibrant summer trouser to introduce to your work wardrobe.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

The statement pant you’ve been looking for.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

Breezy enough to keep you going on even the most humid of summer days.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

I own pants just like these, and they’re exactly as fun as you’d expect. (Pretty comfy, too!)

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

As breathable as your go-to sundress.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

Nothing wrong with a little summer pinstripe.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

Pair these with your favorite button-down for statement-making professional style.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

Love a vibrant animal print—no matter the season.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

Introducing: your new favorite vacation pant.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

Fit for any summer party—casual or fancy.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

These are all kinds of cool—and drip with festival season appeal.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

A cargo pant that feels distinctly sleek.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

A dressier take on retro flares? I’m in.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

Striped pants at their most mesmerizing.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

Sure to play well with any top in your closet.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

Harem pants that make the most of summer’s patchwork trend.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

Hot pink pants are my new favorite thing.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

Camo is still, very much, on the menu.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

The ruffled slits on these pants are low-key cooler than I am.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

Fit for wearing to the pool, the park, the office—and basically everywhere else you’re headed this summer.

STYLECASTER | Summer Pants Are the Secret to a Well-Rounded Warm-Weather Wardrobe

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.

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