19 Smart But Comfy Trousers That Are Perfect for Spring and Beyond

After months of slouching, the novelty of wearing jogging bottoms has well and truly worn off. I want to feel comfortable, for sure, but now I miss feeling put-together and am slowly revisiting the smarter items in my wardrobe. Last summer, we wrote about a pair of linen jogging bottoms from H&M on Who What Wear, and it's clear from the number of clicks it generated that I'm not the only one wanting to swap my slobbing-around clothes for something a little more polished.

I'm normally a dress person in spring and summer, however, I am finding myself drawn towards relaxed trousers in either lightweight linens or with uplifting summer shades. I've found lots of tempting pairs from brands including ArketCOS and Faithfull the Brand. The one thing all of these trousers I've found have in common is how easy they are to style: Simply add a tank top, silk camisole or white Oxford shirt and you'll have a considered, chic throw-on look in no time.

Keep scrolling for styling inspiration and my edit of comfortable yet polished summer trousers.

Styling Ideas

Style Notes: The wider legs make these smart trousers look a little more relaxed.

Style Notes: Pair navy high-waisted trousers with flip-flops (these are from The Row) and a white Oxford shirt.

Style Notes: These H&M Studio collection trousers might now be sold out, but re-create this look with a pair of neutral linen trousers and a white shirt.

Knot the shirt for an interesting added detail.

Style Notes: This is a simple but impactful look: Just tuck a knitted tank top into high-waisted trousers.

Style Notes: For a more relaxed feel, opt for an oversize fit and wide-leg silhouette.

Style Notes: If you want something a little jollier, opt for lemon or tangerine shades. 

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