Summer dresses have endless throw-on-and-go appeal and breezy practicality, but we wanted to take a moment to hand the mic over to an often sidelined, yet no less stylish, wardrobe underdog: the summer trouser.
Look at any “new in” section right now, and chances are, you’ll stumble across at least one pair of summer trousers: from bohemian crochet and preppy stripes to Noughties-inspired parachute pants. Unlike their wintery cousins, these styles are bursting with personality and made to be the scene-stealer of any outfit. For dress-ambivalent individuals, a white T-shirt and statement trousers is one of the easiest ways to pack a punch when the mercury rises.
The one exception to this extroverted approach is the linen trouser, which has its own sort of unique yet quiet impact – one that sings of yacht-bound ’50s Hollywood starlets. And, really, what more could you possibly want from a summer outfit?
So, where should we be looking for primetime summer trouser styling inspiration this season? Louisa Parris is at the top of our “graphic prints” wishlist, thanks to the brand’s silken fabrics and roomy silhouettes that are perfect for a beach-bound holiday. On the high street, meanwhile, Arket has a surfeit of warm-weather options, particularly affordable linen trousers that will look just as good with a bikini and sandals now as they will with shirts and brogues come September.
Scroll down to see and shop our edit of perfect summer trousers.
The graphic print trousers
The linen trousers
The striped trousers
The crochet trousers
The parachute pants