Wide Leg Linen Pants – for Beach, Lunch, or Hanging out!
I’ve been eyeing wide leg linen pants for a couple of years. The look reminds me of a beach movie. You know the kind – house on the beach, long walks at the edge of the surf, loose linen pants ruffling in the wind, casual and elegant.
As we plan for a long-scheduled trip to the Big Island of Hawaii next month, my intrigue with this look has resurfaced.
“Hmmm,” I thought, “if I’m on the search for the simple elegance of wide leg linen pants, others probably are as well.” And here we are!
This post is rich in images. I’m typically careful about not overdoing it on photos. But when exploring a variety of styles or looks, images are important, right? A picture is worth a thousand words and all that stuff. So here we go!
Athleta Cabo Linen Wide Leg Pant
I’m starting with this pair of wide leg linen pants by Athleta – Cabo Linen Wide Leg Pant. This is the look I’ve had in mind when imagining me in that beach movie.
These come in four colors – chambray blue, tawny rose, black, and calla lily (white). The regular price is $79 (not sure if they ever go on sale).
The sandals are by Sam Edelman and no longer available, but I’ve linked similar t-strap styles at the end of the post.
These, as well as the other wide leg linen pants featured in this post, are linked in the widget below.
This look can take you from beach to lunch or afternoon shopping. The flowy top can be tucked or not – it’s interesting to see how different the pairing looks just by tucking in or leaving out the top.
The reviews of these Athleta pants universally mention that they run large. I would say it’s true, but perhaps less than some of the reviewers report.
In these three photos, I’m wearing two sizes down from my usual size. I tried on three sizes in the store, and I think when I bought them I took the wrong size home. This size is smaller than I need. The pants are really too snug (not obvious in the photos) and too short for my liking. I exchanged them for the next size up after taking these photos, and you can see the better size (one size smaller than my usual size) in the last photos below.
One thing to note about pants length when it comes to online shopping. I have long legs and detest my pants feeling too short. I’m hyper aware of this when online shopping and often observe that pants look shorter on models than I’d be comfortable wearing them. I remind myself that most models are at least 5’10” tall and very thin. So the size they are wearing in online photos or print catalogs looks a little short on the model because she is wearing a small size and she’s pretty tall. I now take that into account, realizing that when I purchase my size (not a size 2!) and knowing that I’m “only” 5’6″, the pants will have a very different fit on me and most often is a comfortable length.
Tommy Bahama Two Palms Linen Easy Pants
Tommy Bahama Linen Pants have also been on my radar for over a year. These pants come in six colors: linen (pictured here), white, black, island navy, tea leaf (green), and bikini (rose pink). They retail for $99.50.
I love Tommy Bahama styles for resort and beach wear. It’s their focus, and the retailer offers a wide selection of “island” appropriate styles.
I styled these wide leg linen pants for a lunch date or summer shopping. Of course, they’d also look amazing dressed down a little to fit my image of the beach movie!
The pants are paired with my favorite Gap Modern Crew Neck Half Sleeve T-Shirt (available in eight colors and linked below). I like the longer sleeves and casual neckline.
The platform sandals you see peeking out are an all-time favorite: Eric Michael, Lily. This particular style is discontinued (I’ve had them for four or five years and am now to the point of having them resoled – that’s how much I love them). They are SO comfortable. I’ve linked several similar Eric Michael styles below. Eric Michael shoes are made in Spain and Portugal and crafted with quality leathers and fabrics that allow the shoes and sandals be flexible and comfortable.
Nordstrom Caslon Linen Pants in Flax
This next style is a Nordstrom brand, Caslon Linen Pants. They are a very budget friendly price of $59.
I purchased this flax color in the store, but strangely I don’t find this color online.
Paired with an animal print tank (Banana Republic from a few years ago), this look is casual yet polished.
The flat sandals are a current fave by Sam Edelman. They are available is several colors and prints and are linked below.
Nordstrom Caslon Linen Pants – Look #2
Same pants, different look – beach ready!
Paired with a flowy tank and classic TOMS Alpargata flats (love love love how comfy these TOMS are), this is definitely the beach movie look! A beachy bag seals the deal. 😉
Add a summer hat accessory for extra style. So cute!
Nordstrom Caslon Linen in Black
Same pants as above but in black (this color is available online, as well as navy – linked below).
Here are two looks that are both winners.
The first, just below, pairs the linen pants with a very casual, loose fitting t-shirt. It’s a Nordstrom brand, Treasure & Bond stripe curve hem t-shirt (5 colors), linked below. You can’t see the curve hem in this photo, but it’s fun! The Sam Edelman flat sandals (linked below) are very versatile. Very beachy look and great for a beach-side cafe.
This look – black linen pants with a Gap elbow sleeve t-shirt (a fave but no longer available) – is a go-to-lunch-or-shopping ready outfit! The platform sandals are the Eric Michael (like the tobacco colored ones above) in black.
Strangely, the flax Caslon linen pants above are size small and the same style in black is medium. Size inconsistency seems to be a situation that I often find in budget clothes. If you decide to try these, order two sizes to determine your best fit.
Tommy Bahama Chambray All Day High-Rise Easy Pants
So I’ve stepped outside the lines with these pants. They aren’t linen. So what the heck are they doing in this post?! My only explanation is that I really like them. Although they aren’t linen, these super soft and comfy casual pants are in the same lane as the linen pants featured in this post. They are perfect for spring and summer and a great beach look.
These pants are SO SO soft. This style contains TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers created from an environmentally responsible process that transforms sustainable wood pulp into cellulosic fibers.
I’ve styled the pants with two very different tops – one very close fitting and the other very oversized. The pants can hold their own with both looks.
These pants are very casual and very comfortable (I know I already said that). They may end up staying with me.
I’ve paired them with two completely different shoes styles: a casual summer platform sandal and Rothy’s slip-on sneakers. I love the casual vibe that the Rothy’s gives the look.
If you are a Dez & Dot blog follower, you probably know that I’m obsessed with Rothy’s slip-on sneakers. I now own seven pairs in different colors. They are comfortable and wash easily in the washing machine. I’ve linked them in various colors below. Rothy’s has a “refer-a-friend” program that anyone can take advantage of. After you buy your first pair, you get your own referral code to share with friends. When someone buys with your referral code, they get $20 off their first pair and you get $20 to apply to a new pair of Rothy’s! If you decide to shop Rothy’s, please use my referral code for your $20 discount (only first-time orders are eligible): https://share.rothys.com/x/gmFy9B.
In the Wild – Athleta Cabo Linen Wide Leg Pants
I love photographing for the blog in outdoor settings that offer interest and sometimes context. After my initial indoor photo session when I realized that the Athleta pants were actually the wrong size, I exchanged them and decided to do another mini shoot. I like the length in this size.
We were headed to the Russian River area of Sonoma County, where we spend some weekends spring to fall, and I thought it would be fun to take photos near the river. The sun was a bit brighter than it should be for best photography conditions, but what the heck, I went for it anyway.
The first outfit – white tank, linen pants, and sandals – is a definite casual beach look. (The sandals are the Sam Edelman flats linked below.)
This next look is very beachy as well with a linen shirt thrown on over the tank. A perfect way to keep the chill off when late afternoons might be cooling. Because of the bright sun, you can’t see the thin blue and black stripe pattern on the shirt that makes a great topper for the chambray color of the pants.
The final look (it really is the last!) adds a Tommy Bahama Two Palms Linen Raw-Edge Jacket (linked below). It’s casual and polished and could take a beach day look to a casual evening dinner.
My newest pair of Rothy’s sneakers makes its debut with this outfit. They are so perfect – a blue-grey color called Anchor. If you missed the note about Rothy’s refer-a-friend program, scroll up to the “Rothy’s” heading to find out how to get $20 off your first pair and get your own referral code.
I hope this l-o-n-g post has been helpful if you too are on the search for a cool pair of wide leg linen pants. Let me know if you find some you love.
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