In San Diego, the casual pant of choice for most women is a pair of leggings. Yet, even in temperate San Diego, leggings can be a disaster in the summer. I find it a chore to get into them on a regular day, let alone when the temperature is above 80 degrees. I do not appreciate how thick a pair of quality leggings can be on a humid day. On top of it all, wearing leggings in the summer means you're relegated to athletic wear for tops, and my friend, those articles present the same issues as leggings: too tight, too thick, feels like a workout just to put it on... So what's a girl to do when she wants relaxed comfort? Wear a pair of chic, casual pants. I promise these are easier to get on and more breathable than your favorite yoga pants.
Vince Side Strap Jogger Pants
Vince Side Strap Jogger Pants, $295
For those who prefer a straighter leg, these black Vince joggers work well. Dress them up with a button down blouse and pumps, or keep it casual by pairing them with a striped tee and red flip flops. These run true to size.
Splendid Classic Camo Joggers
Splendid Classic Camo Joggers, $128
One thing to keep in mind when shopping for casual pants is their shape. You want something that has a feminine cut, otherwise you run the risk of getting lost in a pair of ugly sweats. These sassy joggers, with their cuffed ankle and tapered legs are as flattering as they are comfortable. Pair with a white tee and chic sneakers or a coral top and funky sandals. These run a bit large, order one size down if between sizes.
Caslon Linen Jogger Pants
Caslon Linen Jogger Pants, $35.40 / Plus Size Version Here
Like the Splendid pants above, these linen joggers from Caslon offer a very attractive shape as well as incredible comfort. Currently on sale and under $40, they are begging to be added to your cart. Pair with a graphic tee and flip flops. They are available in petite and run large. Order one size down. Avoid them if you have very thin calves; the cuff will be too loose.
James Perse Jogger Pants
James Perse Jogger Pants, $245
For the perfect white jogger, look no further than this style by James Perse. They are insanely comfortable and more flattering than any sweatpant-adjacent article of clothing should be. Rendered in 100% cotton, these are perfect for those with sensitive skin. Pair with a blush tee and nude sandals. These run large, order one size down.
Ann Taylor Jogger Pants
Ann Taylor Jogger Pants, $59.99-$79
If there is such a thing as a dressy jogger pant, this is it. Despite being polyester, these pants feel incredibly luxe. They look as good with sandals as they do with heels. I love these in the darker colorways: black, navy, and olive. Tip: if you are petite and want these to hit below the ankle, order the regular fit. These joggers run true to size.
Loft Fluid Drawstring Pants
Loft Dotted Fluid Drawstring Pants, $69.50 / Plus Sizes Available Here
For those of you who prefer to avoid cropped pants, these fluid pants from Loft are a perfect fit. Dress them up with a black wedge and button-down top or go for a more casual vibe with a t-shirt and flat sandals. When wearing a looser pant, it is important to balance the proportion with a more fitted top. These drawstring pants are available in petites, plus, and run true to size.
A.L.C. Pierce Crop Pants
A.L.C. Pierce Crop Pants, $345 / Beige Version Here
With their ultra-flattering high waist and button detail, these fashion-forward casual pants from A.L.C. are a treat. Something about them makes you feel special, like you're about to board a yacht. They are also available in beige at Neiman Marcus. These run true to size.
Ralph Lauren Wide Leg Crop Pants
Lauren Ralph Lauren Wide Leg Crop Pants, $145
If you're interested in wide leg crop pants, look no further than this linen version from Lauren Ralph Lauren. They are definitely a dressy casual pant, with a coordinating blazer available for purchase. However, I prefer them with a graphic tee and sandals. They run true to size and a bit long. For those of us under 5'5", these will not be cropped.
Caslon Wide Leg Crop Linen Pants
Caslon Wide Leg Crop Linen Pants, $65, Similar Plus Size Version Here
For those of us on the petite side, Caslon has another great wide leg option. Pair with a striped tee and sassy sandals for that French Riviera-chic look. I find this length perfect for travel, as it prevents the bottom of your pants from being dirtied by city streets, sandy coasts, or gravel roads. These run large. Order one size down.
Sanctuary Eyelet Cargo Pants
Sanctuary Terrain Eyelet Cargo Crop Pants, $109
Cargo pants can be difficult to pull off. If they're too baggy, it looks like you stole your husband's pants. If they're too tight, they can look dated and tired. This eyelet version from Sanctuary avoids those issues by offers a flattering fit, feminine details, and functional cargo pockets. Pair with a blush tee and nude sandals.
I'm Jaquelyn Wahidi. I'm a personal fashion stylist, writer, and entrepreneur in San Diego. I help women organize their closets, define their style, and shop with intention. My style blog features practical fashion advice for women everywhere. Addicted to blazers since 2004.