Pants That’ll
Keep You Cool

Best men's lightweight pants in 2022

Pants That’ll Keep You Cool

Cooler than jeans, but more respectable than shorts

Welcome to the dead of summer. Out of necessity, you have probably been wearing shorts more frequently, and who could blame you? It was not until a few years ago when I started wearing shorts again. I could never find the right pair that fit the way I wanted them to. Plus, giving into shorts felt like giving up somehow. I still gravitate towards pants during the warmer months. I'm not sure what it is, I just love how secure they feel. Plus, they also prevent sunburn.

You might think I'm crazy for wearing pants during the sweltering summer months, but the key is knowing your fabrics. You need the right lightweight options. Linen or a breezy woven cotton will keep you cool, but you want the pants cut in a relaxed or wider silhouette to give them room to breathe so they don't stick to your legs whenever the temps get out of hand.

And one upside to climate change is that plenty of brands are now making these pants. Relaxed-fitting chinos or fatigues will always keep you cool. A nice drawstring pant with an elasticated waist works wonders, especially after one too many beers or hot dogs. Then there is the travel-ready pant that looks more like dress pants (which never require any ironing). To help you pick, we've selected a few of our favorite brands in various fits and price points that will keep you looking and feeling cool through the fall.

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The Best Men’s
Lightweight Pants in 2022

Buck Mason Carry-On Pant

Carry-on pant,
$135 by Buck Mason

Wythe Flat-Front Chino

Flat-front chino,
$188 / $131.99 by Wythe

Corridor Rainbow Weave Drawstring Trouser

Rainbow weave
drawstring trouser,
$225 / $135 by Corridor

Alex Mill Pull-On Pant
Alex Mill Pull-On Pant

Pull-on pant,
$145 by Alex Mill

TOAST Cotton-Linen Carpenter Trouser

Cotton-linen carpenter trouser,
$315 by TOAST

Flint and Tinder 365 Cotton-Linen Chino

365 cotton-linen chino,
$98 by Flint and Tinder

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Universal Works Fatigue Pant

Fatigue pant,
$234 / $129.34 by Universal Works

La Paz Tapered Linen Drawstring Trouser

Tapered linen
drawstring trouser,
$160 by La Paz

Alex Crane Cham Pant
Alex Crane Cham Pant

Cham pant,
$145 by Alex Crane

imogene + willie Fethive Patchwork Pant
imogene + willie Fethive Patchwork Pant

Fethiye patchwork pant,
$198 by imogene + willie

UNIQLO Ultra Light Two-Way Stretch Pant
UNIQLO Ultra Light Two-Way Stretch Pant

Ultra light
two-way stretch pant,
$49.90 by UNIQLO

Gramicci NN Pant

NN pant,
$110 by Gramicci

Maxwell COOLMAX Chino

COOLMAX chino,
$98 / $84.50 by Maxwell

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Barena Pull-On Trouser

Pull-on trouser,
$229 / $155 by Barena

3Sixteen Drawstring Pant

Drawstring pant,
$198 by 3Sixteen

A Kind of Guise Banasa Print
A Kind of Guise Banasa Print

Banasa pant,
$242 by A Kind of Guise

Jungmaven Pacific Coast Pant
Jungmaven Pacific Coast Pant

Pacific coast pant,
$211 by Jungmaven

Howlin Seersucker Drawstring Trouser
Howlin Seersucker Drawstring Trouser

Seersucker drawstring trouser,
$225 by Howlin'

Todd Snyder Cotton-Linen Carpenter Pant

Cotton-linen carpenter pant,
$248 by Todd Snyder

JJJJound Relaxed Chino

Relaxed chino,
$220 by JJJJound

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That’s how many days are left of summer. Enjoy all the pool parties and cookouts before it’s time to start wearing jackets again.

NOTE: Items featured in this story are independently selected by the editorial team. Purchasing via our links may earn Valet. a portion of the sale, which helps fund our editorial mission.

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