Woolen pants and rugged, raw denim don't mesh well with warmer weather. Frankly, shorts aren't always appropriate either. As such, you should work linen pants into your wardrobe. Yes, the term "linens" is oft used to describe sheets or towels, but we're talking about trousers here. They're breathable, often elegant and yet under utilized.
Whether worn to the beach or the bar, a pair of linen pants are surely an upgrade in at least one category — style or comfortability. Choose wisely, though, as all aren't made equal. Some prove see-through (too thin or not double layered) while others wrinkle relentlessly (too unstructured). Thankfully, we've done the legwork (pun intended) for you. These are the best linen pants to buy right now.
Oliver Spencer Linen-Cotton Blend Trousers
These mid-weight linen-cotton blend trousers are brand new from British designer Oliver Spencer's eponymous label. They fit in a relaxed way, with room in the crotch and calves but no synthetic stretch. There's an internal drawstring that eliminates the need for a bulky belt, stash pockets on the front and two buttoned flap pockets on the back. Best of all, they've been dyed a rich, deep designer blue hue dubbed Linton Ink Blue.
Blluemade x Standard & Strange Garden Pants
Behold, some of the most luxurious, and yet absolutely resilient, linen pants on the market. A collaboration between Standard and Strange and Blluemade, these Garden Pants are inspired by "War Garden & Victory Garden posters from WWI and WWII," and they truly are durable enough for the dirt: double knees provide protection at stress points; a split v waist prevents splits; two tool loops offer storage; its long fiber Belgian linen construction resists wrinkling; and the additional pockets prove big enough to actually store something worth carrying.
Folk Assembly Pant
Think of London-based label Folk's linen Assembly Pants as casual fatigues. They are garment-dyed a similar green — olive — and boast a few pronounced design features (rubber brand patch, reinforced hems, a button fly and beyond). To note: Folk's sizing translates typical measurements to numbers — 2 for small and 5 for extra-large.
De Bonne Facture Washed Linen Drawstring Trousers
Made in France from 100 percent linen, these mustard-washed pants are ultra-soft to the touch yet perfectly structured. Although this iteration proves a bit more casual than others on this list, that doesn't make their tapered aesthetic any less deserving of your drawer space.
Hartford Linen-Chambray Drawstring Trousers
Affectionately referred to as the Troy trousers, Hartford's linen-chambray bottoms fit on the slimmer side, boast a button-zip fly and four pockets. There's a belt loop for tightening the waist but there's also an external drawstring, should you need both.
Taylor Stitch The Morse Pant
Cut from heavyweight navy slub linen, a blend of 65 percent organic cotton and 35 percent linen that's actually tougher than cotton alone, Taylor Stitch's Morse Pants are workwear refined. Ultra-tough yet flattering and impressively pared back, you can wear these outdoors, in an industrial setting or to dinner — and seemingly everywhere in-between. A garment wash has given them incredible softness out of the box, but a triple stitched waistband, pair of hems, joining seams and more promise durability.
Alex Crane Lines Cham Pants
Alex Crane's Lines Cham Pants might be the most stereotypical lightweight bottoms on this list. They're striped navy blue and basic white, but basic is far from how you should describe them: they're cut from sustainable 100 percent French linen, temperature regulating, stain and odor resistant and, as we mentioned before, stronger than 100 percent cotton. Rough these up; we promise they can take it, and the biodegradable wash they were treated with shortly before being sold promises they'll break in well (and quickly).
Corridor Ticking Stripe Linen Drawstring Pants
Up close, Corridor's Ticking Stripe pants are a rich navy and natural color way. From afar, they appear almost grey — but still great for sunny days. They're cut from a linen-cotton blend by the company's Indian manufactory and available in sizes XS through XXL. If you're between them, a drawstring waistband offers personalized sizing. (There's a three-button blazer cut from the same material, too.)
Orlebar Brown Griffon Linen Tailored Trousers
Orlebar Brown makes the quintessential Linen Trousers in a flattering, tailored fit. Yes, they're white — we have a guide to wearing white well — ultra-light and fairly flowy, but they also come equipped with a fully constructed interior (which will prevent the sort of see-through mishaps we mentioned above). Slim through the leg and contoured in the carriage, these can pass for formal or elevate an outfit that's more easy-going.
Todd Snyder Sutton Italian Linen Dress Pants
Because there are often plenty of reasons to rock a suit in the summer, we of course selected a pair of linen dress pants for this list. These are by Todd Snyder for his eponymous brand, and even though they're incredibly structured, they're fit for summer because of their overall weight. The 100 percent Italian, almond-colored linen material they're made from is some of the finest for sale, and they breathe better than even the lightest alternatives.
Nicholas Daley '70s Stripe Linen Pants
Secretly, these are my favorite on this list. Nicholas Daley's '70s-inspired Stripe Linen Pants are functional with plenty of flare. Are they expensive? Definitely. Too expensive? Probably not considering they're made in the UK from bespoke striped linen, finished with waxed cotton accents and outfitted with an adjustable buckle waistband to boot.