The Best Summer Trousers, From Wide-Leg To Linen

It's party pants season.

summer trousers

by Julia Harvey |

Summer outfits are usually pretty maxi, midi and mini dress heavy. But, if that's not your bag then never fear, trousers in all their versatile glory are making a play for this summer's wardrobe crown. While there is always a time and a place for an easy, breezy spring dress, of course, sometimes we fancy a little change from the flood of frocks.

From super swishy wide-leg trousers to psychedelic printed pants, we've rounded up the best summer trousers for your viewing pleasure. Find your favourites below...

Tailored

A great pair of tailored pants makes for a smart summer outfit. Just wear with a simple tank top and voilà - immediate chic. We suggest chunky flatform flip-flops, a skinny leather belt and dark sunglasses to finish off your look. Look to COS and Frankie Shop for tailored summer trousers with the perfect amount of slouch.

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SHOP: Tailored Summer Trousers

best trousers for summer   H&M, Tailored Light Blue-Grey Tailored Trousers, £24.99
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best trousers for summer   Frankie Shop, Gelso High-Rise Wide-Leg Pants, £170
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best trousers for summer   Sandro, Pinstriped Woven HIgh Rise Trousers, £249
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best trousers for summer   COS, Relaxed FIt Cotton Tailored Trousers, £99
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Printed

Printed party pants are an absolute summer staple. Think all-over swirls, stripes and spots in a palette of rainbow-brights. If the summer weather doesn't turn up, these patterned trousers are sure to bring the joy. Opt for House of Sunny's squiggle trousers or Mango's colourful '70s vibes for a dose of sunshine style. Psst: for ultimate impact, wear with the matching top.

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SHOP: Pattern Summer Trousers

Sandro Positano Floral-print High-Rise Wide-Leg Woven Trousers
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Pattern Summer Trousers  River Island, Green Geometric Print Trousers, £40
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Pattern Summer Trousers  Mango, Mango Puc Printed Trousers Orange, £35.99
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Pattern Summer Trousers  Free People, Fine Line Slim Pants, £68
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Wide Leg

Picture the scene. You're strolling along white sand, piña colada in hand, your wide-leg summer trousers gently swishing in the breeze. Sounds dreamy right? For summer holidays to come, be sure to pack a pair of lightweight, wide-leg trousers, a must-have for your summer wardrobe. Wear with an equally billowing cotton shirt to go barefoot on the beach.

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SHOP: Wide-Leg Summer Trousers

best trousers for summer  ASOS Design, Palazzo Trouser, £28
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The Alba Wide Leg Trousers In Orange Waves Satin
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best trousers for summer  Warehouse, Premium Lyocell Drawstring Wide Leg Trousers, £45.50
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best trousers for summer Whistles, Abstract Smudge Trousers, £89
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Linen

Linen and your summer wardrobe will go hand-in-hand for years to come and with plenty of weddings around the corner, linen trousers will be your saving grace. We love Boden's neat navy pairs, while St. Agni's striped wide-leg option is perfect for the city in a heatwave.

Top-tip: Be sure to roll and not fold when packing!

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SHOP: Linen Trousers For Summer

best trousers for summer Boden, Wide Leg Linen Trousers In Hot Coral, £90
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Tina Linen-blend Trouser, £42
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best trousers for summer Reformation, Vesta Linen Pants, £180
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COS, Wide-Leg Striped Trousers, £69
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Out-Out

Behold, the evening trouser! While 'jeans and a nice top' will always be there for going-out inspo, it's time to branch out. Think shimmering metallics, super slinky silks and even a touch of Lycra - yes, really! - for balmy evenings and sun-soaked brunches.

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SHOP: The Best Evening Trousers For Summer

The Chantal Pant, £195
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best trousers for summer  Pinko, High Waisted Metallic Trousers, £199
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best trousers for summer  &Other Stories, Wide-Leg Silk Trousers, £79
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best trousers for summer  16Arlington, Stretch Woven Flared High Rise Trousers, £400
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Boden, Turn-Up Linen Trousers, £59.50
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