9 trousers to wear that aren’t sweat-inducing jeans

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Harriet Davey
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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.

When it comes to a heatwave, we can’t think of anything worse than pulling on a pair of skinny jeans – aside from the Central line, that is.

We usually rely on our trusty jeans at any time of year, and while there’s no denying that white jeans are the epitome of summer chic, this hot weather calls for us to drop denim and look for cooler alternatives. 

Luckily, the fashion team have been busy searching the sites for the trouser styles that’ll not only look stylish this summer, but will assist us all in avoiding sweaty legs. 

With an abundance of styles to choose from, our editors have whittled them down to an edit of the top nine trousers to reach for in a heatwave

From Reformation’s linen gingham style (in one of this season’s key prints) to Arket’s super comfortable stretchy waistband pair, these are the trousers that’ll give you more leg room, and keep you looking chic, too. They’re a win win if you ask us — so sorry, jeans, you’ll be heading the back of our wardrobes for the foreseeable. 

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  • Reformation gingham linen slim leg pants

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    Summer trousers: Reformation

    Grown up gingham is one of this season’s key prints — so much so that the picnic blanket check is practically on every site right now. 

    Look to Reformation for a cool linen pair. The best part is, if the linen creases the check will disguise it.

    £180, Reformation

  • & Other Stories high waisted belted flared trousers

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    Summer trousers: & Other Stories

    When it comes to summer trousers, the baggier the better. A belted waist pair will create a slightly more tailored fit and look sophisticated with any top, from vests to puff sleeved

    £79, & Other Stories

  • Stine Goya Bob cady flared pants

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    Summer trousers: Stine Goya

    Kick flare trousers are the stylish pairs that not only work across seasons, they’re also slightly cropped so they’ll show off a great pair of sandals. 

    Wear these with a cream racer vest, rope sandals and seashell jewels for summer.

    £190, Stine Goya

  • Topshop petite check slouch trousers

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    Summer trousers: Topshop

    New from the petite section, these beauties will also look good as a cropped style, too.

    Wear with a loose fitting white t-shirt and slider sandals for an effortless vibe.

    £39, Topshop

  • Zara flared trousers

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    Summer trousers: Zara

    Beige trousers get our vote every time. Anything but boring, this hue is the underrated colour that’s getting more attention this year. 

    Team with anything from neons to brights or neutrals. 

    £49.99, Zara

  • Sea Leo high-waist cropped cheetah print cotton pants

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    Summer trousers: Sea

    The animal kingdom is continuing to inspire our outfit choices, season after season. 

    Opt for these statement cheetah print trousers and team with tonal shades of creams and browns to keep them chic.

    £4351, Sea

  • Uterqüe trousers with snap buttons

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    Summer trousers: Uterqüe

    Although we’ve been shouting about tangerine orange as a key colour this season, basically any colourful hue gets a thumbs up. 

    The sleek button detail and wide leg style will be the floaty pair you’ll welcome into your everyday, and evening, wardrobe. 

     £89, Uterqüe

  • Arket fluid twill trousers

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    Summer trousers: Arket

    A stretchy waistband can save the day in the summer. Not only do they look effortlessly slick, they can also be worn lower on the hips, high on the waist or whereever feels most comfortable. 

    Thanks, Arket!

    £69, Arket

  • H&M polka dot wide leg trousers

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    Summer trousers: H&M

    We can’t help but see polka dots everywhere; if it isn’t that Zara dress it’s dresses that look like it. 

    Now there’s trousers too. Pair with a halterneck top (very 90s) and midi heel mules for after dark.

    £39.99, H&M

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