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[dress with pants]Despite the Heat, a Pair of Summer Trousers Might be the Coolest Thing to Wear This Summer

  While you’ve probably set aside your wool trousers or leather pants for the summer months, that doesn’t mean you should retire the idea of full-length bottoms for the season altogether. And the styles of summer pants below for women make a convincing case. With breezy fits and lightweight fabrics, these are the kind of trousers that answer the prayers of the women who don’t count themselves fans of dresses, skirts, or even shorts. Though both pant patriots and dress obsessors will adore this season’s assortment.

  Summer pants will suit pretty much every occasion, thanks to their relaxed and wide-leg silhouettes. They’re a great option for beach days or boat days, can transition from swimsuit cover-ups to cocktails, and can take you on trains, planes, or automobiles—whether you’re en route to a tropical locale or a steamy office commute. Not to mention, a pair of long pants will complement summer’s It bras and crop tops rather well if you decide you’d like to dip into that trend.

  Some of our favorites come in light as a feather linen, like Tory Burch’s picnic print pair and Theory’s natural linen pants with a beachy fringed hem. There are also laid-back styles from Marimekko and Dries Van Noten that imitate the look of our beloved printed pajama pants—just add a comfy flat slide sandal. Meanwhile, Rosie Assoulin’s version comes complete with generous side slits, practically built-in air conditioning.

  Here, shop 19 really good summer pants for women that will have even the most die-hard dress fans reconsider.