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26 lightweight pants that will make you look — and feel — effortlessly cool this season

From work to workouts to just lounging around, our style experts have you covered with these breezy pant options.
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Nothing gives off that easy-breezy-yet-totally-chic vibe than a pair of lightweight pants.

These pants, typically worn in warmer weather, come in many forms — cargo style, joggers, palazzo and the list goes on — so it’s safe to say that there's no shortage of options. And with the spring and summer ahead, lightweight pants will come in handy to pair with a bevy of tops.

But what exactly does "lightweight" mean when it comes to pants?

“Theoretically, lighter should mean it's more comfortable and flexible, be more tolerable in heat, and help you sweat less,” says Lara Eurdolian King, a New York City-based beauty and fashion expert and the founder of Pretty Connected, her website and accessories line.

Lightweight pants are all about versatility. I’ve worn joggers with a blazer one time and layered tights under a flowy pair another time.

“It’s a bonus if the fabric doesn't easily wrinkle," Eurdolian King adds. What’s more, lightweight pants can be worn beyond spring and summer. Think: for traveling year-round, workouts and in-between all the seasons.

Style-wise, lightweight pants are all about versatility. Personally, I’ve worn joggers with a blazer one time and layered tights under a flowy pair another time (which gave me the warmth and style I was aiming for).

How we chose the best lightweight pants

In addition to trying on and wearing some of these lightweight spring and summer pants in the real world, we tapped style experts for their top recommendations based on experience. Furthermore, we thoroughly combed through dozens of retailer sites and bestseller lists for highest-rated pairs, according to customer reviews and star ratings.

In short, you can trust Shop TODAY — we rolled up our sleeves up and did research for you, spending hours to find the best picks.

Read on to see our curated selection of the 26 best lightweight warm-weather pants, expert shopping advice, answers to frequently asked questions and more. Use the links below to navigate.

What to look for | Best budget | Best cargo | Best for travel | Best wide-leg | Best joggers | Best for hot weather | Best for work | Best jeans | Best linen | Best cotton | Best silk | Best for workouts | Best plus-size | Best for hiking | FAQs | Meet our experts

Close up of leggings, tentree, inmotion, lightweight pants, real world testing
One of the pants Shop TODAY associate editor Fran Sales tried out (and ended up adding to her daily lightweight pants rotation) in real life: tentree's InMotion Lightweight pant, which is currently half off.Courtesy Fran Sales

What should I look for when shopping for summer pants?

  • Material. Consider your style, comfort and price range when choosing the material. For a more elevated take, “look for natural, non-synthetic materials when you’re shopping," says Liz Teich, NYC-based stylist and style expert for The New York Stylist blog. “These are more breathable, not to mention also more sustainable.”
  • Function. This depends on where you plan on wearing lightweight pants. “For instance, if you plan on hiking or camping, you may want moisture-wicking and quick-drying pants to keep you comfortable and dry during your outdoor activities,” says Basia Richard, a Los Angeles-based virtual personal stylist and strategist. “On the other hand, if you're looking for pants for casual wear or office attire, you may prioritize style and comfort over function," she adds.
  • Style. Preference, lifestyle and body shape all play a role when it comes to styling. “When dressing for the office, you might pick wide-leg high-waist pleated pants and style them with high heels,” says Richard. “For a weekend outing, you might pick culottes and style them with a simple shirt or a blouse and sneakers.” Overall, it comes down to your personal taste, and you can have fun creating your own style.
  • Versatility. “Choosing pants that can be worn in different settings can help you get more use, and you won't need to buy as many pairs for other occasions,” says Richard. Ideally, the most versatile pair would be one that you can wear to the office, a meeting, a weekend lunch and when running errands. In that case, “all you need to do is to accessorize it differently and tweak the styling,” says Richard. You may also want to consider factors such as whether it has pockets and material stretch.
  • Maintenance. Does it need to be ironed out all the time or is it wrinkle-resistant? Is it dry clean only? These are questions to keep in mind based on how much time you’re looking to spend on upkeep while shopping for lightweight pants.

Best budget lightweight pants

Real Essentials 3-Pack Wide Leg Palazzo Lounge Pants

Material: 95% polyester, 5% spandex | Size range: Small to XXL | Pockets: None | Maintenance: Machine-wash

The moment I took these out of the package, I noticed how incredibly soft the fabric is. The palazzo style makes it versatile enough to wear as pajamas or going out. I just wish they had size XS as it runs big, but overall, it has my vote for one of the best lightweight pants that I own. The fact that it comes in a pack of three pairs for less than $35 is another perk. Choose among four color combos.

Something to note: Runs big, no XS available

RAVE REVIEW: “The pants are rather roomy, so go down at least one size. The fabric is buttery-soft. I just love them!” — Amazon reviewer

Grace Karin Casual High-Waist Pencil Pants

Material: 95% polyester, 5% elastane | Size range: S to XXL | Pockets: 2 | Maintenance: Machine-wash (cold, gentle)

These comfortable paper bag-style pencil pants check multiple boxes in terms of what our style experts look for in lightweight pants: They're soft, versatile and are slightly cropped, which is one of the trending pant styles this season. But more important: They've won over the hearts of over 19,000 verified Amazon customers who've given this pair five stars, as well as Shop TODAY's associate editor, Danielle Murphy.

"With the pull-on fit, soft feel and expandable waistline, I can't imagine anything better to wear during long days of sitting at the office. The material is mostly made up of polyester and a little bit of spandex for some added stretch," she says. Plus, not only are they available in over 30 colors, but the fact that they're cropped also gives her flexibility when it comes to choosing between flats or heels (Murphy is 5-foot-3).

Something to note: Wrinkles easily

STAFF REVIEW: “I'm obsessed with the self-tie belt, which not only looks super trendy, thanks to a ruffled front trim, but also flatters my waist and gives a slimming effect. I like to show this feature off with a tight tank tucked in and a blazer for a more professional look. And if the belt doesn't suit your style, it's completely removable." — Danielle Murphy, Shop TODAY associate editor

Best lightweight cargo pants

Banana Republic Factory Tencel Cargo Jogger

Material: 100% TENCEL | Size range: XXS to XL, regular and petite | Pockets: 4 | Maintenance: Machine-wash

There are pockets aplenty on this pair of cargo pants (two zippered pockets and two buttoned pockets). “These are a great spring and summer trouser and have a bit of shine, while still a very wearable staple,” says NYC-based celebrity stylist Samantha Brown. “I’d pair them with a slide and camisole tucked in.”

Choose between the colors Tan, Navy, Black, Dark Green and Ruby Rose.

Something to note: Some reviewers report that the elasticized ankles may feel tight

RAVE REVIEW: “These pants are extremely comfy and are a perfect mix for work clothes or everyday wear.” — Banana Republic Factory reviewer

Best lightweight travel pants

Lululemon Stretch High-Rise Jogger Full Length

Material: Nylon, lycra elastane, polyester | Size range: 0 to 20 | Pockets: 2 (plus 1 zipper pocket/card sleeve) | Maintenance: Machine-wash (gentle)

Designed for busy bees on the move, this pair is breathable, features four-way stretch and feels cool to the touch.

“These joggers are amazing for travel and can be styled with your favorite hoodies, tees, leather moto or jean jacket,” says Brown. “They’re stretchy, comfortable and still have a flattering silhouette,” she adds.

Something to note: May be prone to pilling

RAVE REVIEW: “I swore I wouldn’t wear these every day, but they’re literally the most comfortable pants I own. Buying another color.” — Lululemon reviewer

Sweatpant by Norma Kamali

Material: Four-way stretch lamé with 95% polyester, 5% spandex | Size range: XXS to XL | Pockets: 2 | Maintenance: Hand wash in cold water (line dry)

If you’re traveling and in need of wrinkle-free dressy pants for an occasion, look no further than this metallic number.

“It’s the fanciest pair of ‘sweatpants,’” says Eurdolian King. “You can dress it down with a cotton tee and sneakers, or glam it up with heels and a matching blazer.”

It’s got it all: comfort, style, and it barely takes up space or weight in a luggage.

Something to note: Only comes in one color, pricey

BUDGET ALTERNATIVE: Looking for a similarly wrinkle-resistant but dressy-enough pair that doesn't break $100? This equally travel-friendly button-hem pant from Chico's is low-maintenance, has a nice gold button detail at the hem, and is under $90.

Best wide-leg lightweight pants

Tronjori High-Waist Palazzo Pants

Material: 100% polyester | Size range: XS to 2XL (regular, short) | Pockets: 2 | Maintenance: Machine-wash

Another Amazon No. 1 bestseller, this time in the Women's Casual Pants and Capris category. And at first glance, it isn't hard to decipher why.

These versatile pants feature the spacious wide leg style that's very flattering (and very in-season), and while they're so wide the pants almost look like a skirt, they have enough of a pleated detail on the front that gives them just the right amount of structure.

And while they look dressy enough to wear to the office with a heel, the waistband has an elastic on the bag to give you a more comfortable fit."

Something to note: "They are not short girl-friendly, so I'd advise taking them in," notes Shop TODAY photo editor Vivian Le.

RAVE REVIEW: “I ordered the petite XXL based on the size chart and I’m thoroughly impressed. They fit as expected and are very flattering. Not only that, but I can sit in them and not be uncomfortable. They’re just the perfect length; any longer and it wouldn’t have worked. The only issue I’ve had was that I tripped while going up the stairs in them, but if you know to be more careful or you’re not as short (5’1ish) you should be fine!" — Amazon reviewer

Abercrombie & Fitch Tailored Lightweight Wide Leg Pant

Material: 100% Lyocell | Size range: XXS to XL short, regular, and long | Pockets: 2 | Maintenance: Machine-wash cold

“High-waisted, wide leg trousers are one of the biggest trends we're seeing,” says Eurdolian King. “These are great since you can easily belt them and half-tuck a ribbed sweater for a polished set, or wear them more casually with a white tank.”

It’s also made with a wide range of body shapes in mind, with a size offering of XS to XL in short, regular, and long lengths.

Something to note: Fabric may wrinkle easily, but nothing a warm iron can't fix

RAVE REVIEW: “These pants fit so perfectly, they are going to be part of my airport outfit for sure. Elegant, doesn’t wrinkle, and comfy! I am 5’ xxs usually so I was worried they would be too big, but they’re actually a bit snug and the length is perfect. Very pleased.” — Abercrombie & Fitch reviewer

Reformation Mason Pant

Material: 100% TENCEL Lyocell | Size range: 0 to 12 | Pockets: 2 | Maintenance: Machine-wash

Both Teich and Brown recommend this pair of wide leg pants from Reformation.

“It’s the perfect on-trend yet classic fit, and the Lyocell fabric is both breathable and sustainable,” says Teich. She adds, “I style them with everything from sneakers and a tee, or dress it up with a cropped top or tucked-in blouse. I may or may not own them in three colors — they’re that good!”

Brown agrees: “The Mason pant can be styled casually or dressier depending on how you mix it up. They look great with sneakers and T-shirts, or styled with a blazer or blouse.”

Something to note: May run long (according to the brand's website, the model shown is 5-foot-10 and wearing a size 2.

RAVE REVIEW: “I wear these pants all the time. If you are looking for that baggy cool girl pant, these are 100% them. I wish they had more colors! I did have to get mine tailored a bit because they are definitely made for tall people.” — Nordstrom reviewer

Best lightweight joggers

Zuda Stretch Linen Jogger

Material: 54% linen, 44% viscose, 2% spandex | Size range: XS to 5X | Pockets: 4 | Maintenance: Machine-wash

If you miss your comfy joggers during the summer, you won't have to give them up just because the temperature is rising — thanks to this affordable pair that's made of a soft linen-viscose blend (with a bit of stretchy spandex) that feels cool on your skin and can be easily dressed up or down. It also has a comfy elastic waistband and comes in two fun, summer-themed prints: Mushroom Ikat and Green Palm.

Something to note: Solid colors currently not available, run quite large

RAVE REVIEW: “Mix linen and stretch and you have the answer to warm-weather clothes in Florida. These pants have an amazing 'cool factor,' as the cut is loose but not tight, and the bottom band is perfect. I typically wear XL, but the L fit perfectly as the material stretches as you wear it. That's okay as it adds to the casual vibe, but you don't want to look sloppy. The pattern is muted so much more something I like to wear." — QVC reviewer

Vuori Performance Jogger

Material: 89% recycled polyester, 11% elastane | Size range: XXS to XXL | Pockets: 2 | Maintenance: Machine-wash (cold)

“For weekend and travel, these joggers are my go-to pants because they're so lightweight and soft, yet have great coverage without being too sheer,” says Teich. “If you’re looking for lightweight sweats to upgrade to, these are amazing.”

They’re incredibly comfortable and easy to style — it's no wonder there are more than 25,000 reviews with an average of 4.8 star ratings on Vuori’s website. Plus, two colors are currently on sale for almost $20 off on REI.

Something to note: Turn the garment inside out upon machine-washing

RAVE REVIEW: “Super comfortable and lightweight. Great for travel as I did not get overheated as with heavier pants.” — Vuori reviewer

Spanx AirEssentials Tapered Pant

Material: 47% modal, 46% polyester, 7% elastane | Size range: XS to 3X | Pockets: None | Maintenance: Machine-wash (cold, gentle)

Teich also recommends this pair of light-as-air pants by Spanx. It’s got that sporty jogger style, while the material feels buttery-smooth and luxe. Plus, it features a four-way stretch so you can move around in comfort all day long. This pair comes in neutral colors including beige, black, and navy.

Something to note: There aren’t any pockets

RAVE REVIEW: “The fabric washes and dries fabulously. They are such a step up from regular ‘sweatpants’ because they're dressy enough to be worn as slacks and comfortable enough for relaxing pants. I have two pairs and am going to order another!” — Spanx reviewer

Best lightweight pants for hot weather

Urban Outfitters Out From Under Plisse Pant

Material: 100% polyester | Size range: XS to XL | Pockets: None | Maintenance: Hand wash

Eurdolian King recommends this lightweight pair of high-waisted white pants (it also comes in Chartreuse and Lilac).

“You can take these from the boardwalk to the beach,” she says. “Style it casually with sandals or white sneakers.”

Nothing gives off the feeling of summer than a fresh pair of white pants, and this one made with textured plissé fabric instantly makes it feel dressy without even trying.

Something to note: Heads up to petites — the model shown is 5-foot-10 and wearing a size Small, so it likely runs long

RAVE REVIEW: “Everything I had hoped and dreamed. It is just like the picture.” — Urban Outfitters reviewer

Everlane The Linen Way-High Drape Pant

Material: 100% linen | Size range: 00 to 20 | Pockets: 4 | Maintenance: Machine-wash (gentle)

Looking for a denim alternative for warm-weather days? This pair recommended by Teich does the trick.

“For lightweight pants, you can’t go wrong with 100 percent linen, which is both timeless and effortlessly chic,” she says. “They’re also so breathable that they’ll keep you cool when it’s hot out.”

One Everlane reviewer couldn't say enough good things about the pair: “I used Everlane's size chart, and these fit me perfectly. I love how breezy and lightweight they are yet tailored in the hips and waist for some definition. Exactly as described."

Teich adds that this Everlane pair has a more tailored take on the linen pant that even feels work appropriate.

Something to note: “Quality linen is supposed to wrinkle, so as long as you steam out the hard creases, you’re good to go!” says Teich.

BUDGET ALTERNATIVE: This paper bag pair from Banana Republic Factory is made from about half linen, half rayon, but it's also pleated and wide-leg — giving off a similarly effortless but elegant vibe. And did we mention it's only $60?

Best lightweight dress pants

Everlane The Organic Straight-Leg Pant

Material: 98% organic cotton, 2% elastane | Size range: 00 to 16 | Pockets: Four pockets | Maintenance: Machine-wash (gentle)

Versatility and sustainability: check and check with this pair of Everlane organic cotton pants.

“They are comfortable, lightweight and have a classic straight-leg fit that flatters most body types,” says Richard. “I recommend styling these pants with a simple white T-shirt and sneakers for a casual day look, or dressing them up with a blouse and heels for work or a meeting.”

Plus, the neutral color options make them easy to mix and match with various tops, blazers and accessories.

Something to note: This pair is lightweight but not extremely — it has a soft feel but also has a bit of structure.

RAVE REVIEW: “The pants fit beautifully, wear well and are incredibly flattering. The latest updates are cute and keep the waist slightly tighter so I didn't need them taken in.” — Everlane reviewer

Madewell The Harlow Wide-Leg Ankle Pant in Softdrape

Material: 85% TENCEL modal, 15% polyester | Size range: 00 to 16 (standard, petite, plus, tall) | Pockets: Four pockets | Maintenance: Machine-wash

For a professional look, slip on a pair of these Madewell lightweight pleated pants.

“They offer breathability and a flattering fit,” says Richard, who brings up the fact that they also come in regular plus, petite, tall and plus sizes.

To style these pants for work, Richard suggests to “pair them with loafers or high heels, tuck in a blouse, and add a blazer.”

Something to note: Closure button is on the side rather than the middle

Best lightweight jeans

Eileen Fisher Airy Organic Cotton Twill Tapered Pant

Material: 100% organic cotton | Size range: PP to 3X | Pockets: 2 | Maintenance: Machine-wash cold

Denim with a lightweight twist — that’s exactly what this Eileen Fisher pair is. Made with 100 percent organic cotton, these airy pull-on jeans are perfect for hot summer days. The front pleats make it easy to dress up while the ankle length gives it a casual feel so it’s ultra versatile. Pair ‘em with sandals or heels for an easy day-to-night transition.

One fan was so delighted with this particular pair they left this review: "Finally, EF produced a lively alternative to denim jeans. These are comfortable, beautifully tapered and flattering."

Something to note: A few reviewers mention these have a baggy fit

BUDGET ALTERNATIVE: Looking for a good-quality twill pant that shaves $80 off the price tag? From a brand that's a Shop TODAY staff favorite, these Quince straight-leg cotton twill pants are a worthy alternative (and also ticks the sustainability checkbox). Reviewers rave about the pair's softness and drape.

Best lightweight linen pants

Quince 100% European Linen Pants

Material: 100% European flax linen | Size range: XS to XL | Pockets: 3 | Maintenance: Machine-wash cold

Quince focuses on high-quality goods at radically low prices, and this pair of linen lightweight pants fit the bill for sure.

Shop TODAY associate editor Fran Sales says these are “so airy and comfortable and easy to dress up or down.” The elastic waistband makes it easy to slip on and look polished in a cinch.

Something to note: Like most linen pants, these wrinkle pretty easily (but nothing a warm iron can’t fix)

RAVE REVIEW: “Dream pants. This is my second time purchasing the black linen pants. My first ones were overworn because I love them so much. Excited to try the blue.” — Quince reviewer

Woman outside wearing lightweight pants
Quince's linen pants are lightweight and breathable enough to wear comfortably during an uncommonly warm March day, according to Shop TODAY editor Fran Sales. She adds that wrinkle easily, however.Courtesy Fran Sales

Athleta Retreat Wide Leg Pants

Material: 100% linen | Size range: 0 to 26 (regular, tall, petite) | Pockets: 4 | Maintenance: Machine-wash

One of the easiest ways to look effortlessly cool is to throw on a pair of wide-leg pants. These linen ones recommended by Richard are, yes, lightweight, and have slits on the side for added breathability. “They are an excellent choice for everyday wear,” she says.

To style for the beach, Richard notes, “simply add a tank top and sandals.” It comes in white, peach, light blue and green.

Something to note: Make sure to flip the pants inside out upon machine-washing

RAVE REVIEW: “Super versatile pants. From errands to the beach or a casual lunch out, these pants can meet the needs for any occasion. Lightweight, and the Borealis Green is the most beautiful color that reminds me of the Hawaiian turquoise waters.” — Athleta reviewer

Best lightweight cotton pants

Kate Cuffed Straight-Leg Pant in Lightweight Chino

Material: 98% cotton, 2% elastane | Size range: 00 to 24 (classic, petite, tall) | Pockets: 2 | Maintenance: Machine-wash

These J.Crew lightweight pants go with just about everything, from work to the weekend. The stretch cotton chino fabric with a cuffed hem gives it a casual cool feel that’s perfect for spring and summer.

Size-wise, there’s a wide range of options (from 00 to 24) and length options, from classic to petite to tall. Based on reviews, most say it runs true to size. The brand also designed a blazer to go with if you’re into matching sets.

Something to note: It’s on sale only for a limited time

RAVE REVIEW: “These pants are pretty perfect. They fit true to size and are very flattering. They are a nice three-season weight, maybe a little light, but just right for spring and summer; not see-through. These will go with everything, sweaters of any color, blouses, T-shirts. Who could ask for more?” — J.Crew reviewer

Best lightweight silk pants

Lilysilk Women Elegant Elastic Waist Silk Pants

Material: 100% Grade 6A mulberry silk | Size range: 2 to 12 | Pockets: 2 | Maintenance: Professional-clean, hand wash or machine-wash (gentle)

Finding a pair of work pants that doesn't feel heavy in the spring and 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. This pair features a mid-rise waist and hits at the ankle so you can equally let your shoes share the outfit spotlight.

Something to note: Professional dry clean is recommended, pricey

RAVE REVIEW: “The texture is delicate and soft, very comfortable.” — Lilysilk reviewer

Best lightweight pants for working out

Old Navy PowerChill Crossover Super-Flare Pants

Material: 53% cotton, 22% polyester, 13% modal, 12% spandex | Size range: XS to 4X | Pockets: 1 interior waistband pocket | Maintenance: Machine-wash cold

While we can't guarantee that this pair of super high-waist, crossover flare yoga pants will be as buttery-soft as the Neiwai ones we recommend below, we can guarantee that they'll be about four times cheaper.

And just because these aren't made from scuba-like material, their construction is no slouch — the PowerChill pants are made from moisture-wicking material with four-way stretch, as well as flat-lock seams to help prevent chafing. There's also a 100 percent cotton gusset so you can move worry-free.

Plus, we love that the sizing goes up to 4X.

Something to note: No pockets on the thigh to fit a phone

RAVE REVIEW: "As a teacher I try to find comfy clothes that can also look business casual. I got these pants and after wearing them one day went back and ordered two more pairs!" — Old Navy reviewer

NEIWAI Dance Flare Leggings

Material: 81% nylon, 19% spandex | Size range: XS to L | Pockets: 1 hidden waistband pocket | Maintenance: Hand wash

Every time I put on these flare leggings, I don’t want to take them off. The scuba-like material feels so soft, and the vertical line design on each leg gives off a flattering look. It’s perfect for working out, running errands or just lounging around in style.

There’s also a matching long-sleeved crop top to easily pair with it. These pants stay true to the brand NEIWAI’s mission to make eco-friendly, well-fitting and comfortable clothes (think: athleisure wear, loungewear and underwear) for women.

Something to note: Brand recommends sizing up if you're in between sizes

RAVE REVIEW: “These leggings are just soft as a cloud. Also, love the flare cut, quite unique compared to other leggings. I style it with a ballet cardigan, very elegant and chic.” — NEIWAI reviewer

Best plus-size lightweight pants

Parade Dream Wide Leg Pants

Material: 92% recycled polyester, 8% elastane | Size range: XS to 3XL | Pockets: 0 | Maintenance: Machine-wash cold

For something that'll look and feel luxurious, whether you're sleeping, lounging or running errands, Shop TODAY editor-fave Parade has got you covered with its wide-leg Luxe Satin pants.

Fittingly called Dream, these mid-rise, oh-so-soft bottoms are made from silky recycled fibers and come in 10 colors and seven sizes (up to 3XL). We also like the 1.5-inch elastic waist and convenient drawstring.

Something to note: No pockets, may draw static easily

RAVE REVIEW: “So comfortable, super stylish, fit is perfect. I just keep washing them because I don’t want to wear any other pajamas! A little static-y, but it really doesn’t bother me." — Parade reviewer

Nuuds Women’s Pajama Set

Material: 95% rayon, 5% spandex | Size range: XS to XXXL (regular and tall) | Pockets: None | Maintenance: Machine-wash (cold, gentle)

Nuuds founder Daryl-Ann Denner created this brand of elevated basics for people to wear and feel confident in. Fitted on real models (many of which are her dear family and friends), each style is offered with inclusive sizing that runs from XS to XXXL, in regular and tall.

Ever since I got this pajama set, I’ve honestly been wearing it at least once a week. It feels super smooth and opaque, and can be worn with or without the matching cropped T-shirt as a dressy pair of lightweight pants.

Something to note: There aren’t any pockets

RAVE REVIEW: “So comfortable, flattering and cute! Super soft material with great movement and fit. Not only does it feel luxurious to sleep in, I love wearing it around the house!”— Nuuds reviewer

Best lightweight hiking pants

Tentree InMotion Lightweight Pant

Material: 86% REPREVE Recycled Polyester, 14% Elastane | Size range: XS to XL | Pockets: 2 (and 1 hidden zipper pocket) | Maintenance: Machine-wash cold

Another pair of lightweight pants that Shop TODAY's Sales is stoked with are these Tentree ones.

“They’re casual enough to pair with sneakers, you can wear them hiking probably, and I’ve even paired them with boots and a button-down to work.” She adds that they are “so light and comfortable, and not too tight but not too loose.”

Another plus: It has a hidden zippered pocket, perfect for storing small items like keys.

Something to note: Fabric only has a little stretch

RAVE REVIEW: “Loved these pants so much I also bought them in the other available color. They are really lightweight and aren't tight to the skin like traditional athletic pants, making them perfect for travel and humid climates. Also, they're ‘long’ on me since I'm petite, but they still rest around my ankles.” — Tentree reviewer

Libin Cargo Joggers Lightweight Quick Dry Hiking Pants

Material: 92% polyester, 8% spandex | Size range: XS to 3XL | Pockets: 5 | Maintenance: Machine-wash (gentle, cold)

These breezy cargo pants, which come in 12 spring- and summer-ready options, have been the longstanding No. 1 Amazon bestseller in the Women's Hiking Pants category for a reason.

Not only are they one of the lightweight pant styles our experts say are currently trending this year, but we can also 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 the five functional pockets to keep all your things accessible. Plus, the drawstring around the comfy elastic waistband means an easily adjustable fit, and the ankle cuffs are a cute detail.

Something to note: The "water-resistant" finish is not fully waterproof, pockets can't hold anything too heavy

RAVE REVIEW: “These are a good quality, thin material. Great for lounge wear, hiking, or every day. I love the zippered pockets to keep your stuff from falling out. They were a little big, but you can roll the top down for a better fit." — Amazon reviewer

Questions on lightweight pants, answered by experts

What style of lightweight pants are trending?

Right now, what’s trending are “oversized and wide leg silhouettes, while joggers are a new classic,” says Brown. Eurdolian King adds, “Plissé pants and slightly cropped styles are also seeing a rise.”

What lightweight pant fabric is the most cooling for hot days?

“Linen is by far the best fabric to wear for hot days,” says Teich. “But really anything breathable, moisture-wicking or non-synthetic are ideal because you’ll find yourself feeling cooler (literally and figuratively!),” she adds.

What kind of lightweight pants should I wear for my body shape?

“My biggest recommendation to my clients, especially [those] who are petite or not an off-the-rack size, is to not overlook going to the tailor," Teich notes.

"I’m almost 5-foot-7, and I still rely on my dry cleaner for hemming pants to the shoe I want to wear most with them, and often have darts [seams] put in the waistband to take it in, as I have to size up for my hips," she explains.

Woman outside wearing lightweight pants and a blazer
Danielle Murphy loves these Grace Karin pants' pull-on fit, soft feel and expandable waistline. Plus, the Amazon bestseller "also feels breathable enough to make my summer commutes a little more bearable," the Shop TODAY associate editor raves.Courtesy Danielle Murphy

What are the best styles and colors of lightweight pants that are most flattering on all body types?

“Mid-rise, straight lightweight pants are the most flattering and versatile styles that can fit almost any body shape,” says Richard.

You can also choose pleated straight lightweight pants unless you want to cover up your midsection; in that case, pick a clean silhouette without any added pleats and elements that might draw attention to that area, Richard adds.

What are the best lightweight pants for traveling?

“I like to start with more classic, solid colored pants that don't wrinkle [and] that you can easily style and restyle," Eurdolian King shares. "From there, I add in more prints and fashion statement pieces or look to my accessories and tops to make a splash.”

She adds: “Joggers continue to boom, and sweats — not just in a classic cotton, but in unexpected materials like satin and metallics to elevate the dress code. Also, relaxed-fit trousers that are comfortable and wide-leg. I love classic pockets, but we are also seeing cargo pockets on the rise.”

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Note: The original version of this article was published in June 2021, written by Chrissy Callahan with Jannely Espinal contributing.