Love ’em or hate ’em, skinny jeans just aren’t made for summer. Even in the stretchiest denim, slipping in or out of form-fitting designs takes much more effort than it’s worth. And, when it’s so easy to make a simple outfit swap, why bother?
With that in mind, we headed to J.Crew in pursuit of something more breathable that could be easily dressed up or down and even look chic on a girls’ night out. While it might not be your first instinct to breeze past the denim display, we headed straight to the suiting section and were amazed by all of the options in store.
Ahead, browse 14 alternatives to skinny jeans, including linen pants, chinos, and trousers in various materials and colors. And, if you’re still stuck on jeans, well, there’s a breathable chambray option, too, so you can look and feel cooler than cool without breaking a sweat.