These lightweight summer trousers are perfect for a heatwave

From linen and ripstop to tencel and bamboo, we’ve dug out and zipped up the best trousers to tackle summer in style…

Shorts are getting shorter. Too short, in our opinion. Because, though the temperatures may be rising, why must hemlines follow suit to such a revealing degree? After all, if you find the right pair of trousers, they can be just as lightweight, breathable and comfortable as shorts — as well as enjoying a considerably higher level of versatility.

So, if you’re interested in joining us in the ‘no-thigh zone’, take a look at the seven summer-suited pairs of trousers below. Each is cut and created using a different, well-ventilated material — from linen to seersucker — and will ensure you step from home office to garden party in well-tailored, coolly crafted style…

Sir Plus Sand Drawstring Trousers

What are they made from? Linen — because where else would we start? The king of lightweight, breathable fabrics, these trousers are designed with a straight leg fit and elasticated waistband for versatility and easy dressing.

Why will they help in the heat? The classic silhouette will help somewhat — with breezy, slightly wider legs keeping you cool. But it’s that soft-but-substantial linen, made in Europe, that’s the real star of the summery show.

These lightweight summer trousers are perfect for a heatwave

Sir Plus Sand Linen Drawstring Trousers

£155.00

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Connolly Blue Rip Stop Trousers

What are they made from? Rip Stop, a fabric often woven from nylon or polyester that is both thin and lightweight — and almost completely resistant to tears. Here, Connolly has stitched the über-fabric into a pair of elasticated waist trousers.

Why will they help in the heat? Firstly, that casual cut and loose waistband will stop you sweating by keeping the trousers away from your skin. Secondly, as the material is uncoated, you’ll still be able to feel the breeze on your knees.

These lightweight summer trousers are perfect for a heatwave

Connolly Blue Rip Stop Trousers

£280.00

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Sunspel Men’s Travel Trousers

What are they made from? The finest Italian wool — which may not sound like the lightest, most summer-suitable option. But Sunspel’s crease-free ‘Melange’ blend makes use of a fine, silky wool that is as breathable as it is refined.

Why will they help in the heat? The lightweight wool isn’t the only temperature-regulating masterstroke here. Sunspel has also played with the cut, adding a mid-to-low rise waistband to ensure your trousers are still smart — but have added casual credentials. 

These lightweight summer trousers are perfect for a heatwave

Sunspel Men’s Travel Trousers in Melange

£120.00

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Huntsman Navy Seersucker Trousers

What are they made from? Now we’re talking. Huntsman’s summer trousers might have a price tag to make you sweat, but their seersucker material — light, airy and virtually uncreasable — will ensure you keep your cool.

Why will they help in the heat? Because seersucker, a thinly puckered, all-cotton fabric, was made for summer — literally. Invented for the stifling humidity of British India, these Savile Row strides may be trimly tailored — but they’re as breathable as trousers come. 

These lightweight summer trousers are perfect for a heatwave

Huntsman Navy Seersucker Trousers

£495.00

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New & Lingwood Single Pleat Trousers

What are they made from? Here’s an interesting one; they’re made from bamboo. Woven in Italy, New & Lingwood’s finest summer trousers make use of a naturally occurring, super sustainable fabric derived from the plant.

Why will they help in the heat? Because bamboo offers excellent ventilation, thanks to the tiny holes in its fibres. It’s also hypoallergenic, sweat-resistant, protects against UV radiation — and the British brand also offer complimentary alternations. It’s a win-win.

These lightweight summer trousers are perfect for a heatwave

New & Lingwood Single Pleat Bamboo Trousers

£295.00

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A Day’s March Smart Trousers

What are they made from? While we’re on the subject of sustainability, let’s pull on these tencel trousers from A Day’s March. Created from raw eucalyptus wood, this fabric is a revelation; as durable as it is renewable.

Why will they help in the heat? Because they’re slightly tapered — but not too tight. They’re super soft and incredibly inoffensive against sensitive skin. And, thanks to eucalyptus’ sweat-wicking properties, they’ll keep you feeling light and bright all summer long. 

These lightweight summer trousers are perfect for a heatwave

A Day’s March Smart Tencel Trousers

£110.00

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Mr Marvis ‘The Longs’

What are they made from? High-quality, Oeko-Tex certified, cotton twill. That means, once again, it’s a fabric that goes above and beyond for the environment — as well as your comfort. With a slight stretch, these could be the most comfortable trousers on the list. 

Why will they help in the heat? They may not have the lightweight construction of linen, or the natural breathability of tencel — but Mr Marvis’ twill trousers are the best option if you want a pair of year-round, dress code-spanning strides that will tackle summer in style. 

These lightweight summer trousers are perfect for a heatwave

Mr Marvis ‘The Longs’

£109.00

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