5 easy summer outfits with lightweight trousers

This week, I gave myself a little style assignment: to take a break from my jeans and put together my daily outfits with lightweight trousers instead.

Summer outfits with lightweight trousers

Lightweight trousers for summer: Susan B. wears a striped tee and slim utility pants from Banana Republic, and fisherman sandals..

necklace (similar) | tee | pants | sandals

I love jeans, and they’re my “default setting,” but it’s good to have some lightweight trouser options that are just as easy to style.

I’ve been wearing these slim utility pants quite often anyway, so pairing with a navy striped tee was a slam-dunk. Those are the Madewell fisherman sandals, which are plenty comfortable for running errands and walking the dog.

👉 For those who live where it’s too hot for sleeves, here’s how I wore these pants with a sleeveless linen top.

Susan B. wears a casual outfit with lightweight trousers in coral and a linen shirt.

earrings (similar) | necklace | shirt | bracelets (similar) | pants (similar) | sandals

I purchased these Marc Cain coral pants last fall in London, and have been looking forward to warmer weather to wear them. (Here’s another similar style.) I really love these lightweight trousers, and you’ll be seeing more of them this summer!

Susan B. wears a casual summer outfit with lightweight trousers, a linen tee, and green linen-blend cardigan.

cardigan | necklace (similar) | tee | pants | sandals (similar)

Did I mention that I liked those slim utility pants so much I ordered a second pair in navy? 😉 These are also lightweight, and quite versatile. The navy color is close to the Bright Navy in my Spring palette, but is pretty neutral, so could also work for Summers.

I’ve had this necklace for at least 15 years; it’s a costume piece from Ralph Lauren. I’ve made a point of keeping it because it goes with almost everything. For an inexpensive piece, it’s held up very well! Here’s one with a similar look. The Birkenstocks are a couple of years old in a rose gold metallic, here’s a similar current style.

Susan B. wears a summer outfit with lightweight chino trousers and a Breton stripe tee.

necklace | tee | bracelets (similar) | pants | espadrilles (similar)

These are the relaxed chinos I mentioned here. I’m wearing a 6 Petite. As you can see, they have some ease, but aren’t super baggy. I like a little ankle showing, but you can also wear them uncuffed.

Even though this tee has sleeves, it’s very comfortable to wear on warm days as the fabric is so light. I’m wearing the XS, which is still plenty roomy.

Susan B. wears a denim jacket, French Kande gold necklace, lurex tee, navy utility pants, gold fisherman sandals.

necklace | jacket (similar) | top (similar) | bracelet (c/o) | ring | pants | sandals

Here’s what I wore out to dinner last night. See what I mean about these utility pants being versatile?

I purchased the tee last year in Italy. It’s from Italian brand Momoni, more pieces here. Wore the tee before here.

The jewelry is all from the new French Kande “Cité” collection. (I think this might be my favorite collection yet!) The gold fisherman sandals are from Tory Burch, and currently on sale! They’re quite comfortable and really fun. I’m usually a size 7.5 in closed shoes, took a 7 in these.

While I’m ready to add my jeans back into rotation, I think I will be wearing lightweight trousers more often this summer!

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  1. It’s so nice to see the lightweight trousers. They look good on you and are stylish in so many colors. You can dress them up or down depending on tops and shoes. The fisherman sandals are a nice touch. Thanks for setting aside the jeans.

  2. Those coral pants are gorgeous on you. It is such fun to find new and different things while travelling. Even the stunning tee is elevated to a new look and I am sure you are reminded of your trip when you wear it. On another note, your hair is looking fabulous in your perfect colour.

  3. Love all these outfits you’ve put together with the light weight trousers . Denim is my default too and find summer dressing difficult when you are a trouser girl so having some light weight trousers are essential. Thank you for all your brilliant ideas with your Spring colours , I’m a soft Autumn but still get inspiration from you .

  4. Love the casual looks. I am loving your hair! I did the same about 6 years ago and I get so many compliments. Are YOU loving your hair?

  5. Thanks, Susan! This is terrific inspiration for me to break out of my “white jeans and colorful tunic” beach uniform and visit some of my lightweight pants in COLOR! They like to come out and play, too, on occasion! I travel between 2 homes in the city and at the beach…hazy, hot and humid mid-Atlantic…you and your blog have REALLY helped me pin down my likes and dislikes and focus what works BEST for ME! Forever grateful for the content, inspiration and beauty you’ve shared over the years! I’ve been living my BEST life this last decade! GRATITUDE!!

  6. I love the idea of giving yourself a fun little “style assignment”. I may try that myself this week!

  7. Your last look is my favorite. I think the cargo pockets add nice structure to the pant and I like the added sparkle on your tee and shoes.

  8. Great post Susan! It was nice to see the Talbots relaxed chinos on you so I can imagine how they would fit me. I can’t wait for my Banana Republic cargos to arrive. Thanks for showing an alternate to long sleeves.

  9. You did ever so well. I really like all outfits and would wear them in a heartbeat.

  10. Just a note to say thanks for your blog and styling ideas. You always look so put together and chic. I also like the idea of a style assignment for the week. Cheers to you and all your readers!


  11. Another great column, Susan! Especially helpful to those of us who need a trouser look (rather than jeans) for going out. I like the utility pants on you but I’m an inch shorter than you with short legs, so this style pant becomes a trouser length on me–ugh.

  12. I love lightweight colored jeans for a change over blue jeans. I’m ashamed to say how many I have, but I want more!