If you're looking for a no-brainer way to level-up your summer outfits but aren't into dresses or skirts, rest assured, trousers can lend themselves just as well to the hotter summer months as their floaty counterparts, if not even more so. Just as versatile as other bottom-half alternatives, well-chosen pairs of summer trousers present an endless array of outfit options that can easily be transitioned from day to night, and from brunch dates to rooftop drinks.
Whether you're looking to embrace the relaxed sophistication of linen trousers or want fresh ways to wear your favourite denim, I consulted my preferred reference point—Instagram, of course—to find the sleekest summer trouser outfits I could. My goal was to inspire your looks for the season ahead while giving myself some easy 'fits to copy in the process. No one said being a fashion editor was completely selfless, after all.
So, if you prefer trousers to dresses or are just looking for new ways to develop your style over the next few months, scroll on to see eight easy summer trouser outfits that are prepped and ready for the heat.
1. Scarf Top + Linen Trousers
Style Notes: Nothing says summer quite like a scarf top. I'm enjoying the pairing of lightweight silk and linen in this summer trouser outfit.
2. Vest Top + Tailored Trousers
Style Notes: Tailored trousers will always look great during the day, but I particularly like styling them for nighttime. Take your cues from Marianne (pictured) by pairing yours with a simple vest top and a slick leather belt for any evening alfresco dining moments that come your way.
3. Asymmetric Top + Printed Trousers
Style Notes: Asymmetric necklines are a key trend for summer. Pair yours with bold, printed trousers and some jewellery for the ultimate warm-weather ensemble.
4. Satin Camisole + Wide-Leg Trousers
Style Notes: When temperatures hit their peak, you'll want to keep your fabrics cool. Consider tucking a silk or satin camisole into your trousers for a sleek look that requires minimal effort.
5. Tank Top + Jeans
Style Notes: Jeans absolutely fall under the category of trousers (at least they do in my book), and personally, I can't wait to re-create Lindsey Holland's low-key look (pictured). The subtle distress to the knee and wide-leg silhouette will be more comfortable to wear in summer temperatures than straight-leg styles.
6. Waistcoat + Striped Trousers
Style Notes: I've been looking for a pair of striped linen trousers ever since I saw Sasha Mei's look (pictured), which also ticks off another major trend this year—the waistcoat.
7. Graphic Tee + Bold Trousers
Style Notes: Clash your prints in a subtle way with a pair of bold motif trousers accompanied by a graphic tee, just like Monikh in this look. Keep accessories neutral to ensure your outfit remains perfectly balanced.
8. Baby Tee + Loose Trousers
Style Notes: Between the cropped baby tee, the billowing linen trousers slung low on the hip and a silver choker necklace, this summer trouser outfit is practically a love letter to all that was good about '90s fashion.