Now that we’re all but staring the summer heat right in the face, it’s time to help our closet reflect the rise in temperature. Although most of the time we wear the best shorts during the summer, sometimes you might want to change it up and wear the best summer pants. There’s nothing like a sleek pair of summer pants for adding a touch of style and elegance to your summer routine.
When it comes to the best summer pants for men, we like to switch things up with respect to the cut and fabric. Since it’s going to be hotter over the summer, we’re big fans of linen pants or chinos in a looser cut. You can still go slim, but there’s no need to reach for exceptionally skinny jeans when it’s 100 out. Likewise, even when it cools down in the evenings, you’ll want a solid array of summer pants to rock.
Whatever your tastes, there’s something for everyone. Below, we’ve picked our favorite summer pants to wear when it’s blazing outside.
1. J. Crew 250 Skinny-Fit Pant In Stretch Chino
J. Crew is known for creating basics that are stylish yet affordable enough to wear at any time. The skinny-fit pant in stretch chino will help you get the job done while looking casual and relaxed. They are made with cotton and have elastane throughout the pants to make sure that the pants have a little give and stretch. Also, the pants are machine washable and feature angled pockets to make sure that you can slip your hands right in when you need to take that fire Instagram pic.
2. Cubavera Men’s Drawstring Linen-Blend Pant
BEST LINEN PANTS
For those who want a casual pair of beach pants that can double as a low-maintenance, relaxed look, this linen pair from Cubavera might be the solution for you. They feature a drawstring that helps tighten the pants according to your waist size. The pants come in big and tall sizes as well. They come in 14 colors and are machine washable.
3. GAP Modern Khakis in Athletic Taper with GapFlex
BEST FLEXIBLE CHINO
For a pair of chinos that have a more athletic appearance, try GAP’s Modern Khakis on for size. They feature GapFlex technology, which helps them stretch and conform to the body’s movements instead of being rigid and stiff like other chinos on the market. Also, this pair of chinos features a slightly wider flair at the bottom of the leg to help amplify the athletic look. To sum up the idea of this pair of chinos in the brand’s own words, “Everyday performance meets all-day comfort.”
4. UNIQLO Men Smart 2-Way Stretch Windowpane Ankle-Length Pants
BEST FOR BUSINESS
Known for essentials that pair well inside and outside of the office, UNIQLO continues its momentum with the Smart 2-Way Stretch Windowpane Pant. This ankle-length pant uses a two-way stretch fabric that helps give you all the space and room you need. These summer pants won’t wrinkle ever, and they’re suitable for business, making them perfect for those moments when you have to WFH and then run errands later. They feature a slim-fit tapered cut that complements many body types.
5. Bonobos Off Duty Pant
MOST FASHION FORWARD
The Off-Duty Pant from Bonobos is sleek and comes in several different colors. This pair of pants is the perfect medium between chinos and joggers. They can be worn during WFH hours, running errands, and even lounging around the house after you get it all done. They have an elastic waist that helps to make this style of pants comfortable and helps your waist breathe a little. Also, these summer pants have a relaxed, tailored fit that’s chic and fashion-forward.
6. Polo Ralph Lauren Sullivan Slim Stretch Jean
BEST VINTAGE LOOK
We all know that Polo Ralph Lauren is known for its classic polo shirts, but the denim that the brand sells also lives up to the brand’s high reputation. The Sullivan Slim Stretch Jean has a rugged and casual look that will match any aesthetic. They feature a tapered leg and distressing that help to contribute to the vintage aspect and look of the jeans.
7. H&M Slim-Fit Chinos
One of the more affordable options on our list comes from H&M and their slim-fit chinos. These slim-fit chinos use an extra-stretchy cotton twill that makes wearing the summer pants a breeze. They come in 11 colors that are sure to suit your fancy and personal style. Also, the chinos come with all of the great elements that make chinos great: welt back pockets, side pockets and a zip fly.
8. Levi’s 550 Relaxed Fit Men’s Jeans
This option from Levi’s comes in a relaxed fit that features a slightly wider flair at the bottom for a different look. They are slightly baggy and uses the brand’s sustainable Water-Less techniques. They sit at your waist and feel loose through the seat and thighs of the pants. Levi’s also states that you should wash these and your other pair of jeans after 10 wears to help maximize your denim’s lifespan.
9. Lululemon Commission Pant Relaxed Warpstreme
BEST FOR ALL-DAY WEAR
Lululemon offers a revamp on the five-pocket jean. They are a relaxed-fit summer pant that uses the brand’s ABC technology that helps to increase the pants’ all-day comfort and range of movement. They are roomy through the glutes and thighs, and with the help of the ABC technology, help to remove tension from the crotch of the pant. If you flip up the cuffs at the bottom of the pants, they reveal a reflective detail for added flair.
10. Todd Snyder Slim Fit 5-Pocket Chino
BEST SLIM-FIT CHINO
One of our favorite clothing brands is Todd Snyder — and for a good reason. The Slim Fit 5-Pocket Chino proves why Todd Snyder should be on your list too. The pants work like a hybrid of your favorite denim and your reliable chinos to create an efficient pair of pants that can withstand any occasion. They come in 11 colors, so there’s at least one that will match your current style and aesthetic.
11. Los Angeles Apparel Twill Work Pants
If you’re looking for a versatile pair of pants, then Los Angeles Apparel’s Twill Work Pant is perfect for you. They are made 100% in the US and made by seamstresses who earn a decent living wage — which amplifies the brand’s moral and ethical code. The pants go through a garment wash treatment to give them a broken-in feel and avoid shrinking. They have a straight-leg cut and come in many sizes and colors for maximum options.
12. UO Wide Wale Corduroy Beach Pant
BEST BEACH PANT
These summer pants from Urban Outfitters have a beachy appearance and easily are pulled on and off. They have a wide-leg silhouette with a cropped hem for a modern look. Also, the drawstring closure adds to the pants’ relaxed look.