The Best Trousers for Men this Summer

Summer’s arrived and who knows how long it will last! We’re taking a look at what trousers you should be wearing in the hotter summer months.

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We’ve all been there, the weather’s surprised us and you’re left boiling hot in a pair of trousers that leave you soaked with sweat. No one wants to be a sweaty mess this summer so we’ve created a guide to one part of your body that can easily overheat. Let’s try our best to get your summer trousers right.

Summer Trousers for Men

With the unpredictable British weather, it’s hard to know how to wear trousers when the weather gets hot. When thinking about summer trousers it’s a good idea to grab a pair that aren’t too tight fitting. This gives you a little bit of freedom to roll them up if you want to take a dip in the pool, or you’re by the sea. There are a few types of fabrics that work well for summer, Linen or cotton-linen are a great choice for keeping cool in the hotter months. Avoid anything that isn’t breathable.

Summer trousers needn’t be a tough choice and there are quite a few options available for men, it’s always worth spending a little bit more for higher quality fabric as you’re a lot more active in the summer. You want your trousers to last until next year at least.

Why not just wear shorts? It’s a good question. Some of us don’t get the option to wear shorts in the office (or think it’s social suicide), others might have to wear trousers for an event they’re going to, so getting hold of a pair of trousers that are comfortable in the heat is essential!

Men’s White Dress Pants

You might be tempted with the summer heat to go for a smart pair of white dress trousers, don’t. There’s only one man that can pull off the white 3 piece and that’s John Travolta, 40 years ago! Just don’t do it. There are lots of lighter coloured suit options out there you can try out but steer clear of white.

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Men’s Cropped Pants

Cropped trousers are ideal for the summer, you can enjoy the heat without getting too hot. Cropped trousers can fall anywhere from just below the knee to around the ankle. It’s a good idea to find a pair that fit well on the waist, adding a belt can make them less comfortable in the heat.

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Light Blue Men’s Pants

A simple colour for anyone trying to avoid the sun’s rays. Light blue trousers look good with a cream jacket or loose fit T-Shirt in the summer. It’s a time to get some colour into your outfit and light blue is the perfect choice.

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How to Wear Trousers in the Summer

Us Brits do the cold well, we love a scarf and hat combo, then the sun shows up and we freak out! It doesn’t have to be this way. When thinking about trousers in the summer it’s all about light colours. No one wants to be stuck in a pair of black jeans all afternoon while your mates make the most of the decent weather. Obviously it goes without saying to make sure you wear sunscreen. Otherwise all your summer plans are over, you’re stuck inside applying aloe vera to your burns – nobody wants that!

How to Wear Chinos in the Summer

When it starts to heat up, try to avoid tighter chinos and look for pairs that are made of a breathable fabric. Cotton is a good choice in the heat because it’s very breathable and absorbs sweat well. Cotton also dries easily so you can leave it out in the sun for a while and it’ll be dry in no time. We suggest avoiding black chinos, because they will attract the sun’s rays and you could get too hot.

We’ve found a few summer looks that show how to wear chinos when the weather is hotter. You can see a fair bit of ankle on display, it’s a simple trick to stay cooler when it heats up outside.

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Best Chinos for Men

Men’s chinos, also known as men’s khaki pants, are quite versatile for any season or occasion. When you’re thinking about what chinos will look best on you don’t be afraid to try out a few different colours. The best summer chinos are the ones that you feel comfortable in. If you’re confident enough most looks will work. Stone, khaki or even men’s red pants are a great choice for hotter days and work well with a simple polo.

Men’s Twill Pants

We know how breathable cotton is, there’s an option available called twill. There are quite a few benefits to wearing twill fabrics. Their pattern means that it avoids dirt which is ideal in the summer when every field instantly becomes an opportunity to sit and chill. You’re less likely to have grass stains ruin your favourite trousers.

They’re also easy to maintain, the construction means that creases fall out easily so less time spent inside ironing and more out in the sunshine. They’re also more durable than standard plain weave fabric pants, you’ll find they can endure a lot more before you end up with holes.

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Linen Trousers for Men

Linen is one of the most comfortable fabrics for summer. It’s made from fibres extracted from the Flax plant so effectively you’re wearing a plant! It helps to make them lightweight and breathable which are 2 features everyone wants in their summer trousers.

Linen trousers have a bad reputation that will put some men off from wearing them but they’re no longer the loose fitted cream coloured favourite of the creepy old guy at the pool on holiday. You can find them in a whole range of colours and even more fitted styles are available. You get style and comfort in the heat.

Linen is one of the most resilient trousers out there, unlike their cotton counterparts they get smoother and more comfortable the more you wear them. A lot of linen trousers are blended with cotton to create a breathable trouser that’s easy to look after.

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How to Wear Linen Trousers

It’s unlikely you’re going to want to wear a pair of classic baggy white linen pants for men but there are a few cotton-linen trousers available in well fitted styles. It’s best to try out lighter colours so you don’t attract the sun’s heat. Lighter trousers work with most other colours and they’ll look great with a white polo and a pair of fresh white trainers.

Men’s Grey Linen Pants

Grey linen  trousers are a smart choice, though you’ll have to look for a cotton – linen blend. During summer months if you have to wear trousers at work these are ideal to stay cool and keep up the office look. There’s no need to spend your lunch stuck inside with the air con, get outside and make the most of the sunshine, it’ll be gone before you know it!

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Summer Fabrics for Men

There are definitely a lot of options out there for the summer months, it’s often a case of planning ahead. Jeans are a tricky one. We’d say steer clear of Selvedge denim. If you’ve got a pair of breathable jeans that work well in the sun then by all means keep wearing them but they can often leave men far too hot as the sun shines.

The best fabrics are light, in weight and colour. It might be obvious but do all you can to avoid dark colours and in particular black skinnies. One issue men have in the summer is planning ahead for the whole day. Long summer days mean so many different activities and one outfit often doesn’t cut it from morning to night.

If you’re not sure what to wear for the whole day, don’t be afraid of grabbing a backpack to see you through. Too many guys can’t be bothered with the hassle of a bag but it can get you out of some awkward situations if you have a pair of shorts or a T-Shirt handy if the weather turns warmer.

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Men’s Summer Essentials

It’s a good idea to think about some of the essential items every man needs this summer. Whether you love the sun or prefer to lurk in the shade, you should have a few of these in your wardrobe.

Sunglasses

It goes without saying, even if just for the sake of your eyes, you’ll need a pair of sunglasses this summer. There’s a sunglass design for every face shape so there’s no excuse for not having a decent pair of sunnies.

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T-Shirts

There’s no doubt you’re going to need a few T-Shirts during the summer. Keep them light and cotton if possible. Try out a few designs but plain colours work really well alongside the classic white tee – everyone needs at least one in their wardrobe.

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Shorts

We’re looking at trousers here but there’s no doubt that shorts will play a part in your summer outfits! Whether they’re for something practical like swimming, or more fashionable, you need a few pairs of shorts to make the most of the good weather. You can mix it up with chino or jean shorts and swim shorts look great in pastel colours.

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Caps

No one wants a burnt head and a cap also keeps the sun out of your eyes. They don’t suit everyone but if you can get it right, a cap is the perfect addition to your summer outfit. You can mix it up but a white or light coloured cap can help keep the sun’s rays out of your way.

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Backpacks/ Bumbags

Summer days can be long and they bleed into the night just as easily, so you have to be prepared. To avoid bulging pockets you can get a decent backpack for the summer. Bumbags are also perfect for festivals. It saves the hassle of having to take your bag off every time you need to grab something.

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The Best Trousers for Men This Summer

  • Look for light colours and fabrics to avoid overheating.
  • Avoid selvage denim and other fabrics that aren’t breathable.
  • Linen trousers can be an option, especially with cotton blended options.
  • Try out some new colours in light fabrics this summer.
  • Cropped trousers are an ideal choice in the heat.
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On That Note

In the UK we never know when the summer’s going to end. It could last a week or it could seem everlasting so you don’t want to waste time sweating in the wrong trousers. Prepare in advance and get some light coloured pants prepared for the heat. If you’re worried about how you look in lighter colours then you can make the most of the weather as soon as it arrives.

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