18 Pairs of Linen Pants That Will Keep You Chic and Cool All Summer Long

It may be hot, but these will keep you cool

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The best linen pants are like a personal AC unit for your legs—they’re breathable, lightweight and don’t come with any risk of thigh chafe (unlike linen shorts). They're the perfect pick for Coastal Grandmother-inspired beach days, dressy summer outings or even afternoons spent lounging around the yard. Luckily, there are tons of styles you can live in this spring and summer, whether you prefer a flowy wide leg or a structured trouser for the office, and we've gathered 18 of our favorites right here.

The Best Linen Pants At A Glance


Best Overall

Everlane The Linen Way-High Drape Pants

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Best Cargo Style

Gap Linen-Cotton Cargo Pants

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Best Jumpsuit

Gihuo Linen Jumpsuit

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Best Drawstring Waist

JCrew Soleil Pants

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Most Breathable

LL.Bean Premium Washable Linen Pants

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How We Chose the Best Linen Pants

To create this list, we first asked our fellow PureWow editors to spill the tea on the best linen pants in their own closets. We then took a run at our favorite brands and retailers, surfing through reviews to bring you the best of the best. The styles vary in leg width, length, thickness and more to provide plenty of options for all tastes and occasions. We were also sure to pull picks from a range of price points to fit everyone's budget.

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These Everlane trousers have a phenomenal fit that’s loose without being too baggy, making them a fantastic option for those looking for comfy office attire. Just a heads up, some reviewers found the off-white hue to be too sheer for their taste, but there were no such complaints with the brown or khaki green options.

Fast Facts

  • Promising Review: "I have these pants in several colors. They are perfection. High waist, don’t bunch up in the crotch, no butt sag, and almost brush the floor on the length (I’m 5’8). Forever recommend!" —an Everlane customer
  • Size Range: 00 to 16

Best Cargo Style

2. Gap Linen-Cotton Cargo Pants


We love a good '90s throwback, and low-rise cargo pants are a favorite. Reviewers note that these have a relaxed, baggy fit that's totally comfy (bonus points for the stretchy drawstring waist). They're made of a cotton-linen blend for a more lightweight texture, and feature two slant side pockets in addition to the cargo ones on each leg.

Fast Facts

  • Promising Review: "I am 5'8", 140 pounds and a size small is still surprisingly roomy, but I love them. I'm into the baggy aesthetic and comfort." —a Gap customer
  • Size Range: XXS to XXL

Best Jumpsuit

3. Gihuo Linen Jumpsuit


Flowy linen pieces are a godsend when it comes to summer fashion. This jumpsuit can be worn regularly or even as maternity wear due to the extra space in the fit. It is available in many colors and lengths to select from, too. Don't believe us? Check out the nearly 11,000 five-star reviews raving about it. "Perfect for the beach, dog park, trip to the grocery store. I even wear mine to work and dress them up a little for a cute casual brewery look. So comfy and breathable." says one Amazon customer.

Fast Facts

  • Promising Review: "If you're looking for something cute and super easy to wear you won't go wrong with these! I read the reviews and decided to get them and I wasn't disappointed. They are great for shopping, hanging around the house, or anytime you just want to be comfortable." —an Amazon customer
  • Size Range: S to 3XL

Best Drawstring Waist

4. J.Crew Soleil Pants


If you're looking for sleek-yet-comfortable linen pants to wear with a more upscale look, this drawstring pair is great because they're lined and the straight leg design makes them look more tailored. They come in seven colors and are offered in classic, petite and tall sizes. "I love that they have a drawstring waist, and they are breezy and light," mentions PureWow Senior Food Editor Katherine Gillen. She does note that the material is a smidge "scratchy" but is hoping with a few washes it'll soften up.

Fast Facts

  • Promising Review: "Love them. [The fit] is have to like the straight look, which I do. I don't think the model online is doing these pants any justice, they look very slouchy on her. If you get the right size you will not be sorry. Also they are fully lined." —a J.Crew shopper
  • Size Range: 3XS to 3XL

Most Breathable

5. L.L.Bean Premium Washable Linen Pants


Many light-colored linen pants run the risk of being sheer, but not so with this L.L.Bean style. The material has also been pre-washed, meaning they’re less likely to shrink in your washer at home and will maintain that fresh-out-of-the-box fit for longer (plus that means they're softer). They're said to be incredibly breathable and breezy for those notably hot summer days or wearing atop a swimsuit at the beach.

Fast Facts

  • Promising Review: "I have several pieces of L.L.Bean linen clothing and I’m pleased with every item, pants, button-down shirts, linen short-sleeved tops, etc. The quality is superb. They wash so nicely." —an L.L.Bean customer
  • Size Range: 2 to 26W, regular, petite and plus

Best Petite Option

6. Madewell Harlow Linen Pants


but make it summer. These linen wide-legs are available in standard, petite, plus and tall sizes and come in a range of shades. The linen is said to be nice and thick, which reviewers confirm means "isn't see-through." "Mainly they’re not see-through! Hallelujah! The linen is really nice and falls well. Overall love these so much and so happy I found them," says one customer. From their darted pleats to their button tab waist and belt loops, they're an office-ready dream for petite gals and beyond.

Fast Facts

  • Promising Review: "I love that I don’t need to hem these pants. The petite is the perfect length for me to wear with flats and sandals this spring and summer. The fitted waist and wide legs fit my hourglass shape well and I would recommend sizing down if between sizes." —a Madewell customer
  • Size Range: 00 to 28W

Best Low Rise

7. Reformation Olina Linen Pants


Drawstring linen pants are a lovely casual-wear staple for the warmer months because they can be relaxed while looking stylish and put-together. PureWow's Assistant Fashion Commerce Editor Stephanie Meraz says this low-rise pair is worth the splurge. "I own the white and, because they’re made from 100 percent linen that’s super lightweight and fine, they’re slightly see-through, but I usually wear my seamless nude undies and I’m OK," she says. Some reviewers note they're a little long on shorter frames, but luckily, alterations can be made for free by Reformation

Fast Facts

  • Promising Review: "They’re my favorite pair to bring with me on vacation, but I also wear them every day, even if I’m just running errands, once it gets hot out. I find the elastic waistband and tie drawstring cute, comfortable and casual." —Stephanie Meraz, assistant fashion commerce editor
  • Size Range: XS to XL

Best Pull-On Style

8. Abercrombie & Fitch Linen-Blend Pull-On Pants

Abercrombie & Fitch

The stretchy waistband on these beauts make 'em the perfect casual pick for pulling on at the beach or pool, but when paired with the coordinating top ($40), they can also take on a more dressed-up vibe. The inside of the waistband has a little drawstring cord if you need to adjust the tightness. "I have wider hips and a lot of stretchy waistbands don't flatter my shape, but these ones sit right above my belly button, giving me more of an hourglass shape, which I love. Plus, they're super comfortable and lightweight," says Commerce Editor Olivia Dubyak.

Fast Facts

  • Promising Review: "These are the most perfect linen pants. Thick material, so not insanely crinkled, but still light and breezy. Obsessed." —an Abercrombie & Fitch customer
  • Size Range: XXS to XXXL, short, regular and long

Best Trousers

9. Eileen Fisher Organic Linen Trouser

Eileen Fisher

Eileen Fisher makes some of our absolute favorite linen pieces, and these wide-leg pants are no exception. They are that Goldilocks fit—loose but not too loose—that’s both comfortable and flattering. "These pants are as close as one can get to being in pajamas while wearing something work-appropriate. They're light and breezy, and pair with everything from flip flops to heels to combat boots," says Editor-in-Chief Jillian Quint. Reviewers also rave about the wider waistband, which won’t fold or twist with wear.

Fast Facts

  • Promising Review: "As a shortie (I'm 5'1") I also appreciate the petite inseam: they hit right at the ankle without hemming." —Jillian Quint, Editor-in-Chief
  • Size Range: PP to 3XL

Best High-Waisted Pants

10. Faithfull the Brand Ottavio Pants

Faithfull the Brand

These ‘70s style pants by Faithfull The Brand are sleek and stylish if you're looking for something a little more fitted around the waist. They’re a great way to jazz up your summer staples and will make you feel chic and put-together on even the hottest, most humid afternoons. Dress them up with a white silk cami and heels for dinner out on the town, or down with a matching white linen button-up for poolside cocktails.

Fast Facts

  • Promising Review: "I borrowed these from my friends for one of my bridal events and loved how the high-waist and back zipper gave them a slight '70s vibe while the fitted structure of the waist amplified my curves in the best way." —Olivia Dubyak, commerce editor
  • Size Range: XS to XXL

You didn't think we forgot about you maximalists, did you? This pair of flowy linen pants (with pockets!) has a fun, geometric pattern to act as the star of the show for your look. They're meant to be ankle length, and come in standard, tall, petite and plus sizes. There are also several other patterns and solid colors to choose from. They're made of 100 percent linen, so you can be sure that these breezy pants will keep you cool in the warmer months.

Fast Facts

  • Promising Review: "These pants are flattering and will be perfect for summer vacations; light and breezy and with pockets!" —an Anthropologie customer
  • Size Range: XS to XL, standard, petite, plus and tall

Best Pajama Bottoms

12. Quince European Linen Pajama Set


We're suckers when it comes to pajama sets. And according to Senior Editor Dana Dickey, these Quince pajama pants can be worn far beyond the bedroom. "The cropped inseam means they are ankle length on my petite frame so they’re the right pants to show off sandals. You can’t tell these are PJs at all!" She says. Not to mention, the wide waistband is supremely flattering.

Fast Facts

  • Promising Review: "I really love these and am already thinking about a second pair. They are just the right fit and the fabric is lovely. Best of all, they look great on so you can lounge around in your PJs and still feel elegant!" —a Quince customer
  • Size Range: XS to XL

Best Barrel Pants

13. Everlane The Linen Barrel Pants


There's something about Everlane's linen that we just adore, and these particularly trendy barrel pants have a curved shape to the leg to create a more structured look. There are back and side pockets and the elastic waist has a drawstring to adjust if needed. "I literally wear these constantly because they're so comfortable and look cute with just about any top," says Commerce Editor Olivia Dubyak.

Fast Facts

  • Promising Review: "These fit loose through the hips and thighs which is perfect for our hot humid summer days when you don’t want to wear shorts. I loved them so much that I went back for the cream version." —an Everlane customer
  • Size Range: XXS to XXL

Best for Tall Frames

14. Lulus Hit the Breeze Wide-Leg Pants


Slip these on to head to the beach or pair them with a fitted white tee for a laid-back everyday fit. The elastic waistband is very wide and stretchy, and reviewers note that they are very long, so they're great for tall folks (but you'll probably need to have them hemmed if you're more petite). They're made of a linen-rayon blend and are unlined, so be sure to have some neutral undies on hand to avoid any patterns peeking through.

Fast Facts

  • Promising Review: "Love these pants. Super comfy! They are a little long but I'm going to wear them with platform sandals." —a Lulus customer
  • Size Range: XS to XL

Best Joggers

15. Athleta Retreat Linen Joggers


That's right, linen joggers do exist. These have large side pockets and a high-rise, drawstring waist for prime comfort. Though the product info mentions they fit true to size, some reviewers note to size down as they fit a little loose in the waist and legs. You can grab these in three neutral colors: black, calla lily white and undyed beige.

Fast Facts

  • Promising Review: "Love these! I was looking for linen pants and these joggers fit the bill. They can be dressed up or down and although roomy in the legs, will be perfect for my spring/summer plans." —an Athleta customer
  • Size Range: XXS to XL

Best for the Office

16. H&M Linen Dress Pants


These wide-leg dress pants are made of a lightweight linen for your spring and summer in-office days. They have a crease down the center and sleek pinstripes to really round out the business-casual look. The waist has belt loops and the legs are pretty long, so if you are on the shorter side you may need to have them hemmed a bit.

Fast Facts

  • Promising Review: not available
  • Size Range: 2 to 18

Best Capris

17. DKNY Drawstring Linen Pants


Cute and casual capris are the way to go when shorts just aren't an option. Which is why we're eyeing this breezy style, which is cropped to the mid-calf and has a drawstring waist. Reviewers mention the linen is very soft and light, so this pair will come to the rescue on hot days.

Fast Facts

  • Promising Review: "I am currently wearing these soft, light drawstring linen pants in aloe vera. I opened the bag, put them on, threw on a T-shirt and some slides and here I am, ordering every color because I love them so much! A great alternative to shorts." —a Nordstrom customer
  • Size Range: XS to XL

Best for the Beach

18. Tommy Bahama Two Palms Linen Pants

Tommy Bahama

The billowy, lightweight linen is sure to catch the beachfront breeze, whether you're wearing these vacay-worthy pants over your swimsuit or headed out to the boardwalk. Not only do they have a conveniently adjustable tie waist and pockets, but they're also super flattering (especially in the bum), per some reviewers. Make sure to follow the wash instructions so you don't shrink them unintentionally—you'll want to keep them in your summer rotation for as long as possible.

Fast Facts

  • Promising Review: "I love these pants, perfect for summer. High quality. They run large and they are long so if you are petite like me they will require [hemming]. I plan to wear them as a swim coverup but also with a nice breezy top.
  • Size Range: XS to XL

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