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Because life is not a poolside loll (no matter what Instagram shows us), summer dressing presents a unique challenge: You have to figure out something fun to wear that’s both presentable and pretty much a no-brainer. So set aside your shorts and sundresses and step into a pair of silky pants. With their lightweight feel and smooth texture, these pieces can look basic (worn with a white T-shirt and sandals) or bohemian (think big prints and colors, and a pair of platforms). 

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J. Crew

Pastel Printed

Liberty of London designed this fabric, which feels as lightweight as it looks. 

J.Crew ($198)


Cropped Ikat

Ikat prints have jumped from being a hot interior element to a trending fashion look. We’d wear these with an oversize white button-up and wedge sandals.

Joie ($288)



Tissue-thin trousers with inset shorts for modesty are way better than having to expose all that leg.



Animal Print

These are shiny silk charmeuse track pants in a leopard print. Which is basically a Las Vegas weekend in trouser form.

ATM Anthony Thomas Melillo ($295)

arteca silk pants


The skinny track pants shape is flattering if your legs are on the short side, and with heels, the shape is like elegantly relaxed tuxedo pants.

ARTTECA ($180)

Wide Legged

Super-roomy silk chiffon looks great balanced with a skinny T-shirt and leather slides.

Etro ($950)

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