For whatever reason, I’ve got a lot of requests up my sleeve this week: you all seem to have a lot on your minds. A reader named Kristin wants “General guidance on summer pants—I’m working in the summer for the first time in a long time and am struggling with getting dressed. ” I feel you, Kristin. There are times when I miss working in an office—I desperately miss the spirit of collaboration, and being around other people all day—but I never long for how much I stressed out every morning over what to wear. It used to just destroy me. It doesn’t matter how many clothes you have—and I had a lot—you can always look in your closet and feel like you have nothing to wear. So great basics you can turn to without too much thinking are key. And a good summer trouser counts as one of those. These high-waisted khaki cigarette pants are so damn chic, and inexpensive, and they come in black, too.
A wide-leg pant can be very flattering, and is always office-appropriate.
I’m a big fan of J. Crew’s boyfriend chino; it’s got the just-right amount of slouchiness, and the cut is nice and feminine.
These stovepipe trousers are just a good solid classic cropped option.
A linen-blend pant with a deep cuff, a good blue and a nice price.
A good casual Friday grey chino.
From very cool plus-size brand Shegul (which a reader named Becca clued me in to), a very cute pair of tapered trousers.
These have a tuxedo stripe, which is fun.
From Violeta, Mango’s plus-size line, a perfectly snappy pair of white chinos.
Red trousers are a kick, and really pop with a white button-down.
And why not checked pants?
I just really like the nice clean cut here.