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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)

Joie

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)

Net-a-Porter

Transparent

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

ZIMMERMANN ($480)

Net-a-Porter

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
ARTTECA

Skinny

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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