Linen kind of gets a bum rap. It doesn't always look crisp and it has us constantly breaking out the iron. But for a lightweight alternative to heavy, itchy wool, it can't be beat. Banana Republic has added a linen blend (60 percent linen, with just a tad of stretch for fab-fit purposes) to its line of Martin trousers, a universally flattering cut that sits low on the waist and has just a bit of a flare at the bottom.
This creamy tan suiting pair of Martin trousers ($50, were $89) is such a breath of fresh air after a season of heavy black wool. Take this light, summery pair for a spin, but only if you don't rely on grungy public transportation to get you around.
A sophisticated take on your favorite khakis, these oatmeal striped trousers ($50, were $89) would look great paired unexpectedly with something bold (think acid yellow or deep cobalt). Accent with metallics, and you'll stand out from the traditionally suited masses.
You really can't go wrong with charcoal gray, and these pinstriped trousers ($40, were $88) are a wardrobe must-add. The tiny, elongating stripes are so flattering, and you'll be grateful you traded your winter wear for these light linen slacks as soon as the mercury starts a'rising.