It is time to look at summer trousers

clara trouser

I wear a lot of dresses in the summer—it’s the only time of year I do wear dresses—but sometimes I want to look put-together in the way that only a pair of snappy trousers can make you look put-together. Mostly, I wear them with my ubiquitous button-downs, but I like them with more feminine tops too—the more feminine, the more interesting the contrast. I like the step hem on these.

beard pants

A pretty perfect pair of cigarette pants from Veronica Beard. Here’s a cheaper and very good version from Topshop too.

need pant

These are like cigarette pants, but a hair slouchier.

perse pant

I’d wear these drawstring pants on a long flight, as they look endlessly comfortable and not shleppy, as many drawstring pants do.

linda pant

These are an update on the old school carpenter pants we all wore in middle school.

pebble pant

I felt as though I needed to include a cropped, wide-leg pant here because they’re such a big trend, and they’re a really good blue.

lotan paris

Nili Lotan’s Paris pant in grey is aces.

marcel pant

These are slightly weird but I also think they’re pretty great.

halogen pant

And this well-priced pair comes in a variety of colors, but I like the poppy red.

theory pant

These pull-on linen trousers from Theory are so nicely tailored.

everlane pant

Everlane’s chino was just introduced this week, and I feel like the popular sizes are going to sell out fast, so hop to it.

cargo pant

A nicely streamlined cargo pant.

boden pant

I couldn’t resist this happy yellow pair.

enza pant

The fact that these joggers are made of silky charmeuse dresses them up quite a bit.

topshop pant

These frayed-hem khakis take the preppy classic somewhere truly cool.

great pant

And finally: here’s a cute casual pair for the weekends.

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19 Thoughts on It is time to look at summer trousers
    Jamie
    13 Jun 2018
    7:46am

    There are some very cute options here, but why is it nigh on impossible to find full length trousers?

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      Dana D
      13 Jun 2018
      8:41am

      I was thinking the same thing, Jamie. I do not like cropped pants.

      It’s good to remember that something that is slightly short on the model will be just about right for the rest of us. I clicked through on all of the ones that aren’t cropped.

      Excellent choices Kim!

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      suz
      13 Jun 2018
      6:53pm

      I was thinking the same thing. I think women are buying the “tall” version if available to get a normal full pant leg. The talls are always sold out and there are racks of the regular versions.

      All I know is that this annoying cropped trend is saving me cash as I can’t buy pants now.

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    c.w.
    13 Jun 2018
    8:44am

    I’m curious about the Everlane chinos with that elastic waist since an elastic waist can go very wrong. Anyone seen them/tried them on in person?

    I love a good pant in the summer as an alternative to jeans and these are great choices. I feel a few pair slipping into shopping carts!

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      Also Jennifer
      13 Jun 2018
      9:56am

      This might help.

      https://www.temporaryhousewifey.com/temporaryhousewifey/2018/6/10/everlane-review-the-easy-chino

      I’ve turned into a major Everlane fan girl with a lot of the stuff they’ve put out over the past year. They have some design talent to go along with the ethical principles, IMO.

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        c.w.
        13 Jun 2018
        1:08pm

        Wow, thanks, Jennifer, for the link! Great detailed review of the pants. I feel the ocher ones heading in my direction!

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    Velma
    13 Jun 2018
    9:02am

    You had me at “carpenter pants.” What a fun little flashback to start my day, now with a smile!

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      y.k.
      13 Jun 2018
      10:11am

      yes! i had a flashback too! 🙂

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    Jenny
    13 Jun 2018
    9:30am

    For the second time in a week my no-buy crumbles. First it was the unbearably perfect denim skirt (been looking for years for a skirt just like that, having realized that denim pencil skirts aren’t right for me anymore), now it’s those slouchy cigarette pants that are made in the US and on huge sale. Please go back to showing things that I can admire but resist!

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    joannawnyc
    13 Jun 2018
    9:32am

    I made my own frayed-hem khakis last year. Recommend!

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    Also Jennifer
    13 Jun 2018
    9:54am

    Yep, the Everlane black pants are already sold out in size 16 and some of the other sizes are only available in limited quantities! I ordered the ochre and I’m looking forward to trying them.

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    Cheryl
    13 Jun 2018
    10:26am

    I love your style–but only one of the pairs I liked enough to click on came in larger sizes (XL)… Would love some of your choices in cargos, track pants, and hybrids like the “slightly weird” pair above–but in extended sizes… Thanks!

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      Karen
      13 Jun 2018
      1:44pm

      there seems to be a lack of any extended/plus sizes in a lot of fashion/shopping posts lately. 🙁

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      Beth C.
      13 Jun 2018
      2:26pm

      I will say, being an extended size lady myself, there is a major dearth of cute, non-denim, non-legging pants out there in the plus size shopping world. It is extremely frustrating as I get really over wearing jeans every day.

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    Viajera
    13 Jun 2018
    10:55am

    Gaah!

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    Sara
    13 Jun 2018
    12:51pm

    Love a lot of these – thank you! And very much hope you have a post on skirts coming!

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    Mae
    13 Jun 2018
    7:33pm

    What I love about this post is all the cool shoes…

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      Viajera
      14 Jun 2018
      10:38am

      me too! I almost always like the shoes better than the clothes … and they hardly ever tell you the shoemaker.

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