Honestly, This Is the Only Pair of Trousers That Keeps Me Cool Right Now

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I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty warm right now. As I type, I’m hiding away from the heatwave and trying to remain cool with all the curtains shut and windows open. Of course, as a fashion editor, I’ve spent a lot of time considering the ideal kind of outfit to wear in hot weather that doesn’t just consist of sitting around in my pants. I might still be working from home, but I do have standards. While dresses are great and all that, and absolutely should be kept in your heatwave-dressing arsenal, I think there’s one item that you don’t want to overlook when it’s warm: linen trousers and, in particular, wide-leg linen trousers. This garment is great for keeping you cool thanks to the breathable material, but the loose style also helps to circulate air (goodbye, thigh-chafing). Interestingly enough, linen has been worn for thousands of years, dating back to Ancient Egyptian times.

While we probably won’t be drawing style inspiration from thousands of years ago, look to a more recent time, and you’ll see that the wide-leg linen-trouser style hasn’t changed much. Plenty of people have worn the trousers over the years—both men and women—and they remain consistently chic. There are nearly always some kind of white or cream linen trousers available from designers or the high street every spring, but fast-forward to 2021, and there are a few details that have brought these trousers well up to date.

Wide-leg linen trousers from the Jacquemus S/S 21 runway show

My first port of call when getting styling inspiration for these trousers is the Jacquemus S/S 21 collection. The designer has been working with linen for several seasons now, and his take on the material treads the ideal line between chic and sassy. Where dresses are cut out and hemlines are often short, his linen trousers are on the oversized side and are seriously high-waisted. This trend has been spotted over on influencers as well. Abi Omole, owner of Studio Arva, previously featured on Best Wardrobes in Britain, paired her cream trousers with a peach vest and a pistachio cardi. Lorna of Symphony of Silk has gone for an on-trend padded vest paired with her white linen trousers, Prada bag and Converse. Finally, perhaps the most appealing of the outfits right now, Jessica Skye has opted for a one-shoulder vest with linen trousers, sandals and a beach-ready raffia bag.

All three influencers might have gone for pale-coloured wide-leg linen trousers, but there are plenty of other options around, including Gucci’s multicoloured versions, gingham from Tory Burch and pink from Mint Velvet. You should also know that it’s not just designers with plenty of linen-trouser options this season. There are also lots of high-street stores offering great chic versions. Keep scrolling to see how to style your linen trousers, and then find our edit of the best wide-leg linen trousers.

Style Notes: Jessica Skye adds a one-shoulder black top, a pair of flip-flops and a raffia bag to complete this perfect summer look.

Style Notes: Laid-back but still super cool, Lorna of Symphony of Silk knows how to make her linen trousers look fresh and chic.

Style Notes: Abi Omole's ice cream colour palette is ideal for the warmer months.


Arket Elastic-Waist Linen Trousers (£55)

Arket knows how to do simple pieces really well. You can trust that these will last you well beyond this year.

H&M Wide Trousers (£18)

If you're on a budget, H&M's linen trousers are a great find.

Phase Eight Luna Linen Trouser (£69)

A more classic look from Phase Eight.

Mango Linen-Blend Culotte Trousers (£36)

Out of all the high-street stores right now, Mango is getting it right.

Frame Organic Linen-Blend Straight-Leg Pants (£335)

Frame isn't just for denim.

Bondi Born Palma Linen-Blend Wide-Leg Pants (£385)

New brand Bondi Born has been selling out on Net-a-Porter.

Faithfull the Brand Musa Linen Wide-Leg Pants (£209)

A classic.

Miguelina Pamela Linen Wide-Leg Pants (£365)

Looking for something slightly different from your usual linen trousers? Try these lilac versions.

Marni Cotton and Linen-Blend Twill Wide-Leg Pants (£550)

You don't have to go for white. Black is just as chic.

Alex Mill Polly Linen-Twill Wide-Leg Pants (£115)

How comfy do these look?

& Other Stories Wide Pleated High Waist Trousers (£75)

The pleats at the top are giving us The Row vibes.

Le Kasha Yaffa Linen Trousers (£355)

Perfect weekending trousers.

Paloma Wool Ross Tailored Linen Trousers (£145)

For a cool take on the linen trouser.

Aligne Cat Wide Leg Fold Back Hem Organic Linen Trouser in White (£69)

Sustainable brand Aligne gets it right with these.

COS Wide-Leg Linen Pants (£79)

Another high-street store that has consistently gotten it right recently? COS.

Zara Wide-Leg Linen Blend Trousers (£30)

Love this colour.

Mint Velvet Wide Leg Linen Trousers (£89)

Pink is one of the biggest colours of 2021.

Marks and Spencer Pure Linen Belted Wide Leg Trousers (£30)

Something a little different from M&S.

Gucci + Ken Scott Striped Linen Wide-Leg Pants (£870)

One word: wow.

Tory Burch Gingham Wide-Leg Linen Trousers (£285)

So fun!

Eileen Fisher Green Wide-Leg Cropped Linen Trousers (£190)

A great option for those obsessed with green right now (like we are).

Three Graces Molly Pink Wide-Leg Linen Trousers (£525)

Pair with a white vest top.

H&M Cropped Linen Trousers (£25)

Don't overlook brown.

Arket Fluid Linen Trousers (£69)

Great for working and the weekend.

Next up, the biggest autumn 2021 fashion trends to know.

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