9 summer-ready trousers that you'll want to wear while working from home

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Beat the heat and avoid your trusty denim jeans at all costs during the heatwave — these are the best trouser alternatives to keep you cool.

Unpopular opinion: who else is bored of wearing sweatpants? A bit like drinking eggnog for breakfast and an entire box of Quality Street as an afternoon snack on those in-between Christmas and New Year’s days, the novelty of not wearing real clothes has officially worn off.  

It’s time to shake ourselves out of our lock down malaise; getting our head back in the game starts with getting our work from home wardrobe back up to scratch. It’s time to trade in our leggings and trackpants for an item that immediately makes us feel poised, confident and in control: trousers. 

The power of the perfect pair of trousers is not to be underestimated, and we’re looking for a style that will make us feel polished and pulled-together when we sit down at the dining table that now serves as our desk. Not just that, but our dream pair needs to look just as chic in the office when the time comes to venture back to our normal lives. 

Let’s be honest, no one needs the snug fit of a high waist band digging in right now. Nor do we want skinny and cigarette trousers that make getting comfortable on the sofa – we mean work from home pod – impossible. Instead we’re looking for body skimming pieces that won’t feel like a culture shock after a month of living in our cosiest loungewear. 

Taking inspiration from Emma Watson and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, this season designers are offering us a abundance of chic, colourful trousers that make a bold style statement while still being smart enough to wear on the 9-to-5. We’ve whittled them down to an edit of the top nine trousers to reach for this summer. 

From the pull-on pairs that will ease you back into tailoring to the bold styles that will revive your wardrobe, we’ve found the best summer trousers to buy now.  Sorry, sweatpants, you’ll be heading the back of our wardrobes for the foreseeable. 

  • Alkesandre Akhalkatsishvili wide-leg trousers

    Given that vibrant orange trousers just knocked us straight out of our staying-in stupor just be looking on them, we can only imagine how revitalising it will feel slipping them on. A total style refresh in a single piece, wear this bold pair at home with a relaxed fit t-shirt and then take them straight into office with a crisp white shirt. 

    Shop Alkesandre Akhalkatsishvili wide-leg trousers at FarFetch, £228

  • Topshop striped wide leg trousers

    It’s the summer update on the navy pinstripe that we all deserve: the blue jacquard trouser. For those who can’t wait to get back into suits, this style can be worn with a coordinating blazer. But if you want to keep things a little more casual, consider pairing with a colourful cardigan, belted at the waist for added structure. 

    Shop Topshop striped wide leg trousers, £45

  • ESCVDO high-rise cotton wide-leg trousers

    A dramatic wide-leg silhouette feels like the perfect antidote to our shapeless sweatpants. When the time comes, we’ll be wearing these in office with a silk shirt. Then, we’ll be taking this exact same pair on the getaways we’re planning for 2021, and wearing with swimwear and rattan accessories for a chic look that exudes 1950s inspired glamour. 

    Shop ESCVDO high-rise cotton wide-leg trousers at Matches Fashion, £198

  • H&M pull-on linen-blend trousers

    We’ll be honest, we might be over wearing sweatpants but we are still highly interested in trousers with pull-on appeal. This vibrant fuchsia style feels like pure fun – especially when styled with a racerback top – but thanks to a tapered leg is smart enough to wear on the 9-to-5 too. 

    Shop H&M pull-on linen-blend trousers, £17.99

  • Sandro cotton-blend drawstring-waist trousers

    The appeal of a drawstring waist cannot be denied and thankfully this chic beige style is sophisticated enough that no will guess how comfortable it really is. Pair with an oversized blazer and loafers for a polished cool that feels (almost) as comfortable as pyjamas. 

    Shop Sandro cotton-blend drawstring-waist trousers at Selfridges, £209

  • &Other Stories pleated twill trousers

    The power of colour can’t be understated, and even on grey days we’re looking to pastel pieces to boost our mood. While this soft shade of lavender might feel playful, tailored pleats on the trouser legs keep this pair formal enough to wear to meetings and interviews. Why not add a pair of square toed heels and an elegant wristlet to take this versatile pair straight into evening event too? 

    Shop &Other Stories pleated twill trousers, £85

  • Zara paperbag trousers

    Paperbag trousers are so effortlessly easy to wear that you’ll find yourself reaching for them instead of your go-to jeans. Khaki is this season’s most-wanted shade – and for good reason – it feels like a fresh, summer ready alternative to black and navy, but is every bit as smart. Plus, unlike white, wearing it to a BBQ doesn’t feel like an adrenaline sport. 

    Shop Zara paperbag trousers, £25.99

  • Ganni stripe cotton trousers

    Reminding us of our school summer dresses, these striped trousers feel like the perfect pair for the season. Add a linen blazer for a grown-up take on prep school chic, slip on a pair of brogues and you have an instant statement look that won’t feel too fussy to wear in an informal office or off-duty. 

    Shop Ganni stripe cotton trousers, £155

  • Baum Und Pferdgarten

    Channel your inner Great Gatsby with a pair of checked trousers. Unlike woollen styles, this cotton pair will keep you feeling fresh even when the temperature starts to climb come summer. Wear with white ankle boots for a smart yet chic office look, or add chunky black sandals to take them straight into the weekend. 

    Shop Baum Und Pferdgarten checked cotton-blend pants at My Theresa, £139

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