Women’s Lightweight Business Casual Pants for Summer

Something I hear often from my women’s personal styling services clients is, “How do I look professional in hot weather without being sweaty?!”

The good news is, there are plenty of lightweight pants out there that are perfect for summertime — you just have to know what to look for.

Read on for my suggestions for women’s lightweight business casual pants for summer.


Model Wearing Next Level Wardrobe's Pick For Women's Lightweight Business Casual Pants For Summer Pull On Linen Blend Pants By Theory

Perfect for: Business Casual, Casual, Work From Home Dress Codes

Linen is a classic summer fabric for a reason: It’s lightweight and breathable.

While the phrase “linen pants” might bring to mind wrinkly, loose-fitting white pants, linen is available in tons of different colors and styles.

To avoid the wrinkling issue, look for lightweight pants in a linen blend, like this cropped pair from Theory that would be appropriate for any business casual office.

The dark denim-esque shade is a core color that will go with just about anything in your closet.


Wide Leg Kaye Chino Pants By Rag & Bone Are Women's Lightweight Business Casual Pants For Summer

Kaye Chino Pants | Rag & Bone

Perfect for: Business Casual, Casual, Work From Home Dress Codes

Keep things breezy this summer with a pair of wide-leg pants.

Instead of pants that are tightly fitted down the leg, a looser lightweight pants silhouette will allow air to flow and help keep you cool.

Look for a natural fabric like cotton or linen to maximize breathability.

This olive green pair from Rag & Bone would make a great addition to a wardrobe that’s already well-stocked in core colors.

Try pairing them with a black, white, cream, or gray top for an easy, put-together summer business casual for women look.

Light Colors

Flavin Double Weave Cotton Ankle Pants By Akris Are Women's Lightweight Business Casual Pants For Summer

Perfect for: Business Casual, Casual Dress Codes

In the heat of summer, try swapping your usual black pants for white, cream, or khaki.

Lighter colors reflect more heat from the sun instead of absorbing it, keeping you cooler (and yes, less sweaty).

They also look more seasonally appropriate than the typical black trousers you might wear to the office.

This white ankle-length pair in 100% cotton from Akris would look great with a lightweight blouse and a pair of heeled sandals — or dress them down with a fresh pair of white sneakers and a tailored tee.


Need help assembling a summer business casual for women wardrobe? Check out my women’s personal styling services.

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Cassandra Sethi is a NYC Personal Stylist and Image Consultant. After working over 15 years in the Fashion Industry, most recently as a Senior Buyer for Equinox, she created her business, Next Level Wardrobe – a luxury personal shopping service for successful professionals. Cassandra’s been featured in Greatist, Livestrong and NY Mag.


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