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20 lightweight pants that are comfortable and chic for summer — starting at $12

Stay cool and chic when the temperature rises.
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Humid, sweltering environments and unexpected sweat are easy ways to know summer is approaching. It's that time of the year when we ditch our heavy layers for more lightweight fabrics and comfortable pieces. (Think linen, cotton and soft silk material when it comes to surviving the heat — actually, anything breathable goes.)

While pants and denim might be the last thing on your mind once the temperature rises, you can still don a pair of bottoms that won't feel like you're inside a steamer.

From silk options to wide-leg bottoms, there are many lightweight pants to style with your fave tank tops and bathing suits. Shop TODAY rounded up the best designs and shopper-approved pieces that will make you feel chic and comfortable all through summer.

Lightweight pants for women

Libin Cargo Joggers Lightweight Quick Dry Hiking Pants

These breezy cargo pants come in 12 summer-ready options. We can totally see ourselves rocking them while strolling along the streets of a cute coastal town on a lazy long weekend getaway. The pants feature UPF 50+ treatment and five functional pockets to keep all your things accessible.

Old Navy High-Waisted Linen-Blend Wide-Leg Pants

Every wardrobe needs a neutral pair of lightweight summer pants for hot weather that you can easily match with a range of tops, and we found this affordable option from Old Navy. The high-rise silhouette is figure-flattering and the elasticized high-rise waistband is oh so convenient. Plus, the price is just right!

Gap Towel Terry High Rise Pull-On Pants

Look effortlessly chic with these white pants from Gap. This pair is made with a cotton and polyester blend to allow flexibility during your summer outings. Wear it anywhere this summer with your favorite T-shirts.

Universal Thread Women's High-Rise Tapered Pants

Wide-leg pants were made for warmer days and this versatile pair can work equally well at the office or during your downtime. The stretchy fabric is a major plus, while the high-waisted fit adds a chic touch to the rest of your outfit.

Quince 100% European Linen Pants

Searching for a pair of pants that won't leave you feeling sweaty this summer? You're in luck because these linen pants are about as close as you'll come to jeans without feeling like you're wearing real pants. The breezy legroom and comfortable waistband are just a few features to keep this pair visible at all times.

VICI Lively Linen Blend Smocked Pants

This is another summery pant option to wear from the beach to happy hour. The pair features a relaxed fit to match with a crop top and are made with a linen blend fabric to keep you fresh during the peak season.

KOTN Ribbed Lounge Pant

If the heat is making you rethink your summer activities, these soft cool pants will keep you comfortable all day long. The lounge-style pant has a flattering cut and can be worn with casual sneakers or upscale heels

Summersalt The Perfect Wide Leg Pant

If the search for the perfect summer pants keeps you up at night, this pair will save you some sleep. Summersalt's bestseller can be dressed up or dressed down thanks to the feminine silhouette.

Chico's Chic360 Zenergy UPF Convertible Crops

This lightweight capri option is great for all your summer adventures. The design is built with UPF protection and is easy to pull on for those days you want to dress up quickly.

"They are so lightweight, hardly weigh anything at all, so great for travel, allowing you to pack more and have your suitcase stay at 50 lbs or less," said one buyer who gave this find a perfect rating.

Linen Blend High-Waisted Drawstring Wide Leg Pant

Sometimes you stumble across a pant that you can't resist picking up in multiple colors, and this wide leg style will definitely be our go-to this summer. The loose-fitting linen pants come in six colors — our favorite is the sleek gray! — and have a stylish bootcut design that adds a touch of attitude.

Lands' End Starfish Mid Rise Pull On Pants

Get ready for picnic season with this fun design from Lands' End. The soft fabric and slimming feature will become a staple in your closet. Of course, the invisible zip pocket is a nice added bonus!

Women's Water-Repellent Comfort Trail Pants

These comfy trail pants will keep you dry when the rain starts. They're made with water-repellent fabric and UPF 50+ protection to protect your skin no matter what.

Spanx On-the-Go Kick Flare Pant with Silver Lining Technology

If white is your motto, this new release from Spanx will keep you on trend. The crisp white pants offer a pull-on design and a smooth fabric that is not see-through. Technically, you can wear any type of underwear with no show-through moments thanks to the Silver Lining Technology.

Denim & Co. Naturals Linen Blend Pull-On Joggers

Miss your comfy joggers during the summer? You don't have to give them up just because the temperature is rising! This affordable pair is made of a soft linen blend that feels cool on your skin and can be easily dressed up or down.

Coolibar Petra Wide Leg Pants UPF 50+

Lightweight pants are a summer staple in our wardrobe, but we also like to shield our skin from the sun's harsh UV rays, so we're absolutely loving these protective UPF 50+ pants. The convertible wide leg style comes in a silky fabric that's nice and breathable and the pair is pretty ideal for traveling.

Tie Waist Paperbag Pull-On Pants In Linen Blend

Nothing screams "summer" more than floral pants and this pair offers style and comfort to boot. The pull-on pants has a relaxed fit and an elastic waistband for a versatile fit.

J.Crew Wide-Leg Seaside Pant in Linen

Linen fabrics are one of our favorites for summer and this pair from J.Crew is ideal for all your outdoor adventures. With lightweight fabric and an adjustable waistband, these pants will keep you comfortable through every errand run.

Banana Republic TENCEL Linen Pant

Whether you're heading to the airport or to the office, these summer pants are perfect for any summer occasion. This pair is made of a linen/cotton blend that's soft and lightweight and fits in the best possible way. Plus, the neutral hue is perfect for warmer weather!

LILYSILK Elegant Elastic Waist Silk Pants

Finding a pair of work pants that doesn't feel heavy in the summer is easier said than done, but this pair is definitely a contender in our book. The silk fabric is so soft and the fabric drapes elegantly without looking stiff.

NYDJ Marilyn Straight Ankle Pant

Whether you're kicking it seaside with some friends or out running errands closer to home, these lightweight and stretchy linen pants will add a touch of whimsy to your ensemble. They're loose enough to walk around but tight enough that won't feel like loungewear.

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