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    23 Lightweight Pants That’ll Help Keep You Cool This Summer

    Joggers, culottes, and even *gasp* bellbottoms, all in lightweight fabrics your legs will love.

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    Unless otherwise specified, all sizes in this post are listed in women's.

    1. A pair of striped stretch pants you won't be able to HELP but dance in. These were undeniably meant to boogie.

    model in wide-leg pants with bright multi-colored vertical stripes and a tie waist
    Chic Soul

    Chic Soul is a small business in Auburn, Alabama that believes fashion is for *all* bodies and wants to make on-trend clothing more readily available in plus sizes. And ya know what? They're succeeding!

    Get them from Chic Soul for $52 (available in sizes 1X–3X).

    2. A pair of airy pants whose super wide legs are — to keep it brief — perfection.

    reviewer in super wide-legged beige pants

    Promising review: "Love these pants in the heat— they are lightweight enough for summer and look fancy enough for business casual at work." —Elizabeth

    Get them from Amazon for $25.90+ (available in sizes S–5X and eight colors).

    3. A drop-crotch harem pant — go ahead and pack up, because you're gonna want to move into these pants and live in them.,

    Promising review: "Very nice material. I’ve purchased several harem type pants this summer and these pants' material is by far the best. Most are very cheap and light. These are the perfect weight. Very cool but also keep you warm if there’s a chill in the air." —T. Kemp

    Get them from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes M–XXL and five colors).

    4. A linen pant that is so chic it may just replace your favorite black dress as your go-to confidence outfit.

    model in wide-legged black long pants with an elastic waist

    Míe is a Black-owned fashion and lifestyle based in Nigeria whose clothing incorporates biodegradable fabrics that are breathable, comfortable, and — of course — stylish.

    Get them from Mie for $150 (available in sizes XS–3X and two colors).

    5. A printed wide-legged pant to add a pop of color to the bottoms portion of your closet that's currently all neutrals.

    model wearing blue, yellow, and orange printed pants standing against a bamboo fence
    Suakoko Betty

    Suakoko Betty is a Black- and woman-owned brand whose signature look is inspired by owner and creative director Charlene Dunbar's modern take on African design.

    Get them from Suakoko Betty for $140 (available in sizes XS–3XL).

    6. A pair of geometric pants whose color palate is *chef's kiss* the best. Prepare yourself for the influx of compliments.

    model in dark orange, teal, olive, white and light blue geometric print wide-legged pants with tie belt

    Promising review: "I usually tend to stick to neutrals but thought these would be a good way to add color to my wardrobe. They're bright and fun but still have an air of sophistication. They're on the long side but the fit was nice. The fabric is lightweight so they're great for summer." —JAX26

    Get them from Torrid for $23.49 (originally $55.50, available in sizes 10–30).

    7. A linen bib pant that sure, may technically be overalls, but that doesn't mean they won't keep your legs nice and cool while also being one of your most adorable outfits.,

    Promising review: "I love linen in the summer, and these are easy and breezy in humid areas." —Carri P.

    Get them from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in sizes XS–5X and 23 colors).

    8. A pair of cargo joggers, because two pockets just aren't enough. That's the bare minimum, but these pants go above and beyond.

    model wears olive mid calf-level pants with elastic bottoms and large side pockets

    Promising review: "This are really light weight and will be perfect for spring and summer. I have big behind and thighs, and the 00 fit perfect, so that tells me they run a bit on the baggy side in the butt and thighs - which works for me!! Would buy in bunch of colors if available!" —HEELSNFLATS

    Get them from Torrid for $22.49 (originally $55.50, available in sizes 10–30).

    9. A pull-on utility pant so ~chill~ I'm cold just looking at them! Sorry, please ignore my jokes, just know these are really comfortable pants.

    Free People

    Promising review: "These pants hang better the more crumpled they get! No iron needed. Just hang between laundering and wearing. Sooo comfy and easy, but still with an edge. Some days you just want something loose and flow-y, with no hint of a bind. Perfect summer slacks, from beach to casual evening." —tjdabney

    Get them from Free People for $98 (available in sizes XS–XL and three colors).

    10. A pair of tie-waist linen pants that are screaming "fun in the sun" at the top of their lungs!

    model wearing navy blue linen pants with blue loafers
    J. Crew

    Promising review: "These linen pants are fantastic! They are incredibly comfortable and have the perfect wide leg look. As a bonus, they are fully lined!!" —KCDan

    Get them from J. Crew for $59.50 (originally $88, available in sizes XS–XXL).

    11. A flowy floral pant, because bold fabric should be utilized for pants FAR more often than they currently are.,

    Promising review: "Ooooh, I love these! These pants are one of my favorite Amazon purchases ever. The fabric is like a rayon crepe, nice for a summer afternoon or evening out. I use the belt as a headband and it's super cute to pull your outfit together!" —M.C.

    Get them from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in sizes 0–10 and in four colors).

    12. A pleated palazzo pant so you can look stylish as heck while also essentially wearing flowy pajama pants. A good deal, if you ask me.

    model wearing white sheer palazzo pants
    Forever 21

    Promising review: "Extremely nice to wear, a simple way to look fancy and feel free at the same time. The length of the legs are perfect for me! I rarely get pants that are long enough. Fabulous fit." —Jacqueline M.

    Get them from Forever 21 for $12 (originally $24.99, available in sizes 0X–3X and in four colors).

    13. A pair of drawstring pants that are going to give your sweatpants a run for their money when it comes to being the most used article in your wardrobe.


    Promising review: "As expected the fabric is natural in texture and will get rumpled, but for cool, comfortable, casual wear they are perfect. I would not buy these for dressy use, but for casual activities I will wear them often. I plan to buy more in other colors." —Ruth Hawkins

    Get it from Amazon for $26.03 (available in sizes 10–38 and seven colors).

    14. A tapered pull-on crop pant I foresee being your daily uniform. Find a cuter pair of comfy pants. I'll wait...

    model in burnt orange pull-on pants

    Promising review: "I absolutely love these pants. They are pure perfection!! I bought them for work, but with how amazingly flattering they are, on top of how absolutely comfy and light they are, I will easily be wearing them weekends as well! Dressy and casual!! I bought the sea grass color, which is perfect for spring/summer, and just as pictured. I love the button! Will def be purchasing the burnt orange pair ASAP. Well done Madewell, thank you!" —MISSSIERRA

    Get them from Madewell for $57.99+ (available in sizes XXS–L, as well as three colors).

    15. A pair of bag waist pants, because a big belt bow is a fabulous accessory in and of itself.,

    Promising review: "These are so trendy and comfortable. Lightweight too! I thought these would be too hot for summer but they are perfect!" —Mary Jones

    Get them from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes XS–3X and in 27 colors).

    16. A pair of denim culottes so you can get the jeans look without the hot, restricting jeans feeling. All of the good and none of the bad!

    model wearing belted denim culottes with silver high heels

    Promising review: "Finally!!! The fabric is a perfect mid- to heavyweight without being bulky. The stretch is quiet and solid. The style is trouser type, higher waist than usual, pleated front, and wide legs to fall off the backside instead of cupping your bum. The size is true to size, maybe a tad large (yea!). I will be trying more of this brand. Keep it up Nordy's." —reflexologist

    Get them from Nordstrom for $98 (available in sizes 14W–22W).

    17. A pair of linen joggers for anyone who wants to give their usual athleisure look a sophisticated summer twist.

    reviewer in blue drawstring waist joggers

    Promising review: "I loved the softness of the fabric, the color and just the fact that I found linen pants that were not stiff, and fit me perfectly. I highly recommend them to anyone looking for a light, comfortable pair of summer pants that can be dressed up or dressed down." —Miss R

    Get them from Amazon for $35.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and 14 colors).

    18. A pair of ruffled slit wide leg pants that are an absolute party. Easy, breezy, and cute as can be, they're a statement piece you'll be reaching for again and again.

    model in bright blue ruffley side-slit wide pants wearing matching bright blue blazer
    Ashley Stewart

    Get them from Ashley Stewart for $15.99 (originally $54.50, available in sizes 10–36).

    These pants are 50% off due to Ashley Stewart's flash clearance sale, so don't miss out!

    19. A pair of printed bell-bottoms so comfy they're equally suited for going to a music festival or for watching one online from your couch. It'll be the latter for a while, but when it's time for the former again, they'll be ready.

    model in stretchy bell-bottoms in small maroon and navy print
    Free People

    Promising review: "Every time I wear these out of the house, I get bombarded with compliments. I got them in the olive floral colorway and they're absolutely stunning. SO FLATTERING, seriously, this makes your legs and butt look AMAZING, as all good pants should, Buy them, you seriously will not regret it. I'm such a fangirl for these pants." —whilted

    Get them from Free People for $145 (available in sizes XS–XL and five patterns).

    20. A pair of Duer's "No Sweat" pants made with cotton and special cooling, moisture-wicking fibers to keep you comfortable even when you have to wear "real" pants in the heat.


    I don't have these Duer pants, but I do have *a* pair of Duer pants and I'm completely in love with them. They're so comfortable they became my go-to pair of black jeans despite my brand loyalty to different jeans before getting these. Totally recommend getting something from them.

    Promising review: "I think the best way to describe these pants is that I am sad when I have to take them off at the end of the day. They really are as comfortable as advertised and as durable. They look as good as the day I bought them." —Monica G.

    Get them from Duer for $99+ (available in sizes 24–34, two lengths, and nine colors).

    21. A silk wide-legged trouser so gorgeous, putting them on is going to be the best part of your day.

    model wearing pink and orange silk wide-legged trousers and matching top

    Grass-fields is a Black- and woman-owned business founded by twin sisters who wanted to make well-made, modern African-print clothing more available. All of their pieces are sourced from and made in the UK and Cameroon.

    Get them from Grass-fields for $13.83 (originally $62.28, available in sizes 2–20).

    22. A pair of high-rise wide leg pants cropped perfectly for spring or summer days when you want to be feel ~breezy~ but also have some coverage.


    Promising review: "I wore these pants to a doctor's appointment today. As soon as I walked into the waiting room, a woman immediately said very loudly, "I love your pants." The technicians who did my radiation treatment also loved my pants. Usually, they are very serious but it turned into a girlfest talking about these pants. Both were quite delighted to know they came from Target. They may feel a little stiff when you first put them on but they will feel more comfortable as you wear them. I will buy more of these. They feel great!" —melseynatl

    Get them from Target for $36.99 (available in sizes 2–16 and 14W–26W).

    23. A pull-on, zip-off pant that's basically two breathable, hip styles for the price of one! The sexy version of zip-off cargo pants, if you will.


    Promising review: "I have never found pants that have a perfectly baggy fit. These are absolutely 10/10 and so breathable. Perfect perfect perfect!!!" —MayaG

    Get it from Garage for $49.95 (available in sizes XXS–L, and in two colors).

    Your legs enjoying a nice summer breeze in these pairs of pants:

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