One day, we’ll show off fits in real life again, even if it takes a little re-learning along the way. The Highsnobiety Summer Style Guide is here to help, ensuring that lightweight pieces still result in heavyweight looks.

There was a rare plus 70 Fahrenheit day in Berlin recently, and as well as wondering what the hell had happened to spring, I realized that I was totally ill-equipped on the pants front. Not saying that I would have broken out the shorts this early into the year, but some lightweight pants would have definitely been welcome.

Jeans are looking less appealing as the days roll on — if they've even been considered at all this year thanks to sweatpants. In place of denim and thick grey jersey, we're eyeing up a welcome return to the boundless comfort of linen, nylon, and Issey pleats when the warmer weather sets in.

As such, we hit the internet to bring you a carefully considered list of lightweight pants for summer that give your legs some room to breathe. These come courtesy of Arc'teryx, Soulland, Toogood, and more.

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Uma Wang Tied-Waist Trousers

Printed Tied-Waist Trousers

Printed Tied-Waist Trousers

$1264

Uma Wang

Buy at Farfetch

Suitable bottom-half uniform for loungewear gods, these stunning viscose and cupro blend trousers come courtesy of Chinese fashion designer Uma Wang. It's parkwear 2.0.

5 Moncler x Craig Green Nylon Pants

5 Moncler Craig Green

5 Moncler Craig Green

$213

Moncler

Buy at Highsnobiety

When it's really hot, a law of the lighter the better applies. Nothing comes much lighter than nylon. These 5 Moncler x Craig Green trousers are ice cold.

Edward Crutchley Satin Trousers

Drawstring-Waist Silk-Satin Trousers

Drawstring-Waist Silk-Satin Trousers

$324

Edward Crutchley

Buy at Matchesfashion

If you happen to be returning to the office this summer, then your black formal pants are going to be a hard sell. Swap the discomfort for some silky satin.

Toogood Linen-Blend Drill Trousers

The Driver Linen-Blend Drill Trousers

The Driver Linen-Blend Drill Trousers

$411

TOOGOOD

Buy at Matchesfashion

Linen is gold to those looking for lightweight pants for summer and this pair takes the comfort even further with waist pleats and loose-fitting legs.

Soulland Illustration Pants

Fadi Illustration-Print Trousers

Fadi Illustration-Print Trousers

$323

Soulland

Buy at Farfetch

Silk isn't only for pajamas and Soulland is here to prove it. Bearing fairy tale book-style illustrations, these airy pants feel weightless as they float around your legs.

Arc'teryx Incendo Pants

Incendo Pant

Incendo Pant

$129

Arc'teryx

Buy at REI

If you're going up the mountain trail this summer, then linen probably isn't going to cut it. Arc'teryx's Incendo pants were made for trail running and boast moisture-repelling and air permeable properties.

Issey Miyake Pleats 2 Trousers

Tailored Pleats 2 Trousers

Tailored Pleats 2 Trousers

from $297

Issey Miyake

(Available at 2 Merchants)
(Available at 2 Merchants)

Issey pleats have been a secret weapon for those that hate jeans for years and they remain so. The pioneering designer's unique pleating method gives magic levels of movement. They also look way more interesting than your tired denims.

Barena Venezia Linen Pants

Bativoga Check Linen Trousers

Bativoga Check Linen Trousers

$234

Barena Venezia

Buy at Matchesfashion

Be prepared for the "are you wearing curtains" jokers. They're just jealous their pants aren't as comfortable.

Uniqlo Ultra-Light Pants

Ultra Light Pants

Ultra Light Pants

$40

UNIQLO

Buy at uniqlo

Lightweight pants for summer don't come much more affordable than these by Uniqlo. Air holes sit inside the pockets and at the back of the waist for ventilation, while the material is quick-drying and stretchable. A godsend for under 50 bucks.

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