The 11 Best Men’s Linen Pants for 2022

By Beau Hayhoe  |  May 16, 2022

The 11 Best Men’s Linen Pants for 2022
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Summer is plenty casual, plenty breezy, plenty easygoing–yet not every day is a sunny, sandy beach vacation. What if there was a way to harness that energy even in situations that lean more formal? Situations where you have to wear, y’know, actual pants? A tricky predicament at times, but that’s where linen pants–and not just any linen pants, but the best linen pants–arrive to save a sunny day. 

Think of linen pants not quite like the bread and butter or the meat potatoes of your menswear pyramid, but a valuable source of sustenance all the same. Lighter than thick cotton jeans, cut with a bit more leg room than most jeans, and less stuffy than dress pants, linen pants can touch on notes both tailored and more casual. 

They can work with loafers and a polo shirt, or with a blazer in a contrasting color, but the best linen pants are, at times, even suited to wear with a well-fitting T-shirt and leather sneakers. We’ll call out a few of our favorites when it comes to this underrated set of summer trousers. 



Best Overall


Todd Snyder Italian Linen Beach Pants


 

When searching for the best linen pants, we considered a few crucial factors – price chief among them, since linen tends to run more expensive in the production process given the finer fibers and more delicate design. Of course, price counts as much as quality–a long-lasting, durable fabric–and the right fit (relaxed but not overly so).

As the mercury rises, Todd Snyder tends to seek inspiration from warm coastal climates – these linen drawstring pants are perfect for work or play, though. The garment-dyed and washed Italian fabric is luxe without being overly expensive, and they’re easy to wear with a Todd Snyder button up or even a graphic tee. The patch pockets lean right into casual seasonal vibes, too.



Best on a Budget


MANGO Slim-Fit Linen Pants


 

As we like to say here at WERD, shopping on a budget doesn’t mean sacrificing quality. With MANGO, it’s the name of the game, (quality plus style). The budget-conscious shopper should also consider, as we did, versatility – neither too dressy nor too laidback – plus the proper fabric blend (in this case, cotton + linen).

MANGO’s linen pants feature a modern, tailored fit that still offers up room to breath, and belt loops provide a dressier touch that allows you to show off a finely crafted leather belt if you tuck in your dress shirt. Four easy-to-style color options provide style points aplenty, too.



Best Splurge


Aspesi Garment-dyed Linen Chino Pants


 

Splurging on something like linen trousers actually makes sense if it’s within your reach–a more niche item, especially one that’s not worn every single day, will take on added meaning whenever you wear it. And a premium fashion label like Aspesi provides exceptional quality and accessible luxury, too.

You can trust the fabric, the tailored style and the streamlined fit, all key considerations on our end. The beige color wears well with summer style staples like a navy polo or a white cotton T-shirt, and also rests pleasantly over leather loafers or luxe suede driving shoes.



Other Considerations...



J.Crew 484 Stretch Cotton-Linen Chino Pants


 
$89.50

Recall what we mentioned about cotton adding some depth to linen pants – that’s what J.Crew has done here, using its famed 484 slim-fit design to craft an office-ready, cocktail hour-approved pair of linen pants. A variety of sizes, plus cool colors like Dusty Mustard, add to the unique appeal of (arguably) J.Crew’s most popular pants design.





Alex Crane Sham Linen Pants


 

Linen pants often stand apart from typical trousers thanks to the slant hip pockets, similar to dress pants, but these pants use a four-pocket build not unlike denim. The sturdy-yet-soft French linen hits all the right relaxed notes, but the look is a nice way to ease into the world of linen pants while still looking just a bit like your favorite jeans.





James Perse Lightweight Linen Pants


 

If you want to truly lean into the super-casual nature of linen pants, it’s best to get a pair that already looks like they’ve got some character–like the pleated, relaxed and dusty-hued option on hand from James Perse. The Mineral Pigment option is visually interesting when paired with other earthy colorways, and back patch pockets provide room for a few EDC essentials.





Sunspel Cotton-Linen Drawstring Trouser


 

Linen is a time-honored fabric prized for its super-lightweight nature and visually interesting texture, but sometimes, it’s made all the better (and just a touch more sturdy) with the infusion of cotton. It gives these drawstring trousers some nice weight while still keeping them breathable, and vivid color options like Atlantic Blue fall right in line with summer’s best looks.





Joseph Abboud Linen Slim-Fit Dress Pants


 

Fancy trying linen pants in a dressier setting, like an outdoor summer wedding–probably the optimal time to wear them? Consider getting a pair you can also team up with a matching suit jacket, like the visually intriguing Light Blue shade on tap here from Joseph Abboud. The tailored fit manages to lean more classic than overly tight, too.





Proper Cloth Di Sondrio Linen and Tencel Chinos


 

There’s a reason you’ve probably seen so many linen pants on summer style mood boards (hello, Pinterest). They give off a polished yet devil-may-care vibe, the kind that looks supremely cool when worn with a little flair. These beige stretch pants exude comfort, yet provide the kind of style points to wear with a faded chambray suit for a coastal summer escape.





Haspel Cafe Au Lait Tan Linen Pants


 

Haspel’s seersucker suits are an undeniable classic, with heritage and history to back them up. But in addition to those time-tested striped, puckered suits, they also make a mighty fine pair of linen pants. They’re made in the USA, hence the slightly higher price tag, but that investment is worth it in every way. Note that they arrive uncuffed, so you might need to have them altered by a trusted local tailor.





Tommy Bahama Relaxed-Fit Linen Pants


 

Tommy Bahama knows plenty about tropical style, these versatile drawstring linen pants included. The waist is easygoing and comfortable, yet easy to cover with a Hawaiian shirt–no one will know you’re not wearing a belt. The black color also isn’t overly loud, a plus if your top half features more color or pattern.



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