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.
Lovers + Friends Selma Pant $158 buy it
These chic pants want to take you everywhere this summer. (And they’re so versatile they definitely could.)
Tome Karate Pants $495 buy it
Dip-dye pants were a thing I had no idea I needed—until now, of course.
Beach Riot x Revolve Celeste Pant $110 buy it
Because your tropical print obsession deserves to trickle into the pants-sphere, too.
Free People She's a Dime Pants $77 buy it
A no-fail addition to any summer wardrobe.
What's Cup Babe Floral High-Waisted… $35 buy it
Because we give far too much credit to floral dresses—and not nearly enough attention to the equally delightful genre, floral pants.
High-Waisted Culottes $89 buy it
Buying this go-to culotte and styling it exactly like so.
Lovers + Friends Mira Pants $95 buy it
Pants that are easily dressed up or down, depending on the occasion.
Margate Pleated Trouser $98 buy it
Long live the paperbag-waist.
Figue Kerala Pants $495 buy it
Pants so damn fun you’ll catch yourself staring at them all day long.
Paisley Print Flared Pant $45 buy it
Equal parts retro and contemporary—a tough balance to strike, to be sure.
Collusion Cuffed Cargo Pants $40 buy it
Cargos that feel distinctly 2019.
NBD Topaz Pant $168 buy it
Pants so sleek you’ll be looking for excuses to wear them.
Animal Print Plisse Culotte Pants $40 buy it
An animal print that’s not rendered too realistically.
Iridescent Effect Pants $39.90 buy it
I mean, iridescent anything gets an emphatic yes from me.
TTYA Wide-Leg Purple Python Print Pants $111 buy it
Because python print is cool. But purple python print is cooler.
House of Harlow 1960 x Revolve Leland… $168 buy it
An undoubtedly elegant addition to any wardrobe.
Stripe Wide-Leg Trousers $35 buy it
Fodder for your next vacation—and your next vacation Instagram.
Phaedra Joggers $168 buy it
Never seen this print before, but I’m absolutely in love with it.
Katchme Satin Wide-Leg Pants $34 buy it
Pants fit for Barbie. And you, in your most Barbie-worthy moments.
Divine Heritage High-Waist Cargo Pants $335 buy it
Amazing how much chicer cargo pants look when rendered absolutely structure-less, no?
Bershka Wide-Leg Drawstring Pants $26 buy it
Trousers you could definitely lounge around in all day long.
Sea Spotted Bleach Pants $355 buy it
Structure and tie-dye seem like a match made in hell—but these eye-catching pants prove otherwise.
Poolside Pants $29.95 buy it
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.
LeRumie Mia Pants $108 buy it
Nothing says “summer” like gingham, well, anything.
Nili Lotan Moscow Pant $695 buy it
I’ve never loved paisley as much as I do in this moment.
Monki Cropped Cloud Wide-Leg Pants $40 buy it
The understated print leaves these pants feeling all kinds of textured.
Tie-Dye Wide-Leg Pants $20 buy it
Tie-dye seems like it’d be all about the color. But these pants are proof that negative space matters, too.
Baroque Print Pants $19.92 buy it
Basically pajamas fit for outdoor-wear.
See You on the Other Wide-Leg Satin… $25 buy it
Sleek enough for date night. Cozy enough to wear to bed.
Tie-Dye Mom Jeans $30 buy it
Mom jeans just got the tie-dye treatment. (It was only a matter of time, right?)
Lovers + Friends Tess Pant $158 buy it
Pants so fun they’re practically begging to be worn alongside all your favorite tops.
Raquel Allegra Silk Pocket Sweatpants $390 buy it
Tie-dye so mesmerizing I kind fo can’t stop staring??
Le Superbe Destination Unknown Pant $425 buy it
Peep that tassel-lined hem, though.
Cami NYC The Sadie Pant $242 buy it
Cargos rendered in their most elegant iteration.
Aratta Acid Wash Wide-Leg Pants $143 buy it
Edgy, bohemian and cozy—all at the same damn time.
Jen's Pirate Booty Citadel Track Pants $150 buy it
Just sheer enough.
CHIO Wide-Leg Pants $425 buy it
Your go-to wide-leg pant, adorned with all kinds of statement-making details.
Linen-Blend Textured Pants $22.90 buy it
Sure to play well with every top you own.
Nili Lotan Emerson Pants $425 buy it
Cheetah print pants sound so wrong, but look so, so right.
A Peace Treaty Talla Pant $195 buy it
Kind of tropical, kind of floral—all cute.
Written in the Stars Flare Jeans $35 buy it
Bell bottoms are making a comeback, and I definitely don’t hate it.
Electric Feel Flare Pants $12 buy it
Striped, colorful pants are basically always a good idea.
Vila Paisley Wide-Leg Pants $56 buy it
Chic. Elegant. Versatile. I’ll take 11.
Flynn Skye Tanner Pants $275 buy it
Long live the wide-leg crop.
I.AM.GIA Kiki Pant $150 buy it
Aughts-inspired—and too cool to pass up.
Belted Peg Trousers $30 buy it
The perfect vibrant summer trouser to introduce to your work wardrobe.
Jimi Printed Pants $139 buy it
The statement pant you’ve been looking for.
Done for Me Trousers $228 buy it
Breezy enough to keep you going on even the most humid of summer days.
Norma Kamali Fringe-Hem Leggings $430 buy it
I own pants just like these, and they’re exactly as fun as you’d expect. (Pretty comfy, too!)
FP One Hide and Seek Pant $69.95 buy it
As breathable as your go-to sundress.
I Stripe It Like That Straight Pants $20 buy it
Nothing wrong with a little summer pinstripe.
Alice + Olivia Dylan Wide-Leg Pant $295 buy it
Pair these with your favorite button-down for statement-making professional style.
House of Harlow 1960 x Revolve Odel Pant $168 buy it
Love a vibrant animal print—no matter the season.
Batik Citadel Track Pants $129.95 buy it
Introducing: your new favorite vacation pant.
Double-Belted Satin Wide Trousers $36 buy it
Fit for any summer party—casual or fancy.
Harper Printed Pull-On Pants $98 buy it
These are all kinds of cool—and drip with festival season appeal.
Blast from the Elast Cargo Pants $25 buy it
A cargo pant that feels distinctly sleek.
Split Front Flares $30 buy it
A dressier take on retro flares? I’m in.
Flagpole Paulina Pant $350 buy it
Striped pants at their most mesmerizing.
Here Comes the Sun Stripe Wide-Leg Pants $18 buy it
Sure to play well with any top in your closet.
Do Your Dance Print Pants $98 buy it
Harem pants that make the most of summer’s patchwork trend.
FP One 5-Pocket Slouch Pants $126 buy it
Hot pink pants are my new favorite thing.
Drop Crotch Pants $88 buy it
Camo is still, very much, on the menu.
Tularosa Native Pants $158 buy it
The ruffled slits on these pants are low-key cooler than I am.
Paradise Pants $98 buy it
Fit for wearing to the pool, the park, the office—and basically everywhere else you’re headed this summer.
Mellow Stripes Easy Sweatpants $110 buy it
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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