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Wide leg trousers are a versatile piece to have in your wardrobe all year round. Come summer, when our go-to jeans are packed away in the 'too hot to contemplate' box, wide leg trousers really come into their own.
While there are plenty of fabrics to choose from, it's hard to think of a more breathable material than linen. That's why we've hunted high and low for the very best versatile, breezy option.
This hard-working piece isn't an easy spot to fill in your wardrobe, but Marks & Spencer's wide leg linen trousers caught our eye.
At just £22.50, these trousers are as at home with a crisp white shirt and sandals in the pub garden as they are paired with a t-shirt for a slow morning pottering around the garden.
Why we rate it:
When hunting for the perfect pair of linen wide leg trousers, we were looking for breathability. Not only do the trousers leave space for your legs to breathe, the elasticated waist-band means you can actually breathe, too.
Available in five colours; navy, black, white, stripped and light blue, the trousers can be paired with almost any top you already have in your wardrobe.
Plus, the hundreds of reviews confirm that they're very flattering, comfortable and fashionable, what more could you want?
Over a swimsuit on the beach, with a shirt for a meeting or with a tank top for a laid-back afternoon around the house, there's not much these trousers can't do.
Plus, they get extra points for just how well they go with a pair of chunky sandals (hello, Birkenstocks).
As well as a wide selection of colours, the trousers also come in sizes six to 24 and in short, regular or long.
What the reviews say:
You don't have to take our word for it, these trousers are a hit with customers, too. It's no surprise women keep coming back to add more to their basket.
"Smart, casual, flattering and comfortable. What more can I ask for?"
"Good quality and perfect size and length. I’m 5’4 and bought the short version after reading the reviews which fit just right."
"Beautiful cut and very flattering pair of linen trousers, very fashionable being a wider leg."
"Bought two pairs – fit well, comfortable and excellent value for price."
"Great quality linen. The style is on trend and the fit was true to size. Great trousers for smart or casual, I now have 3 pairs."
Buy it: Linen Rich Wide Leg Trousers | £22.50 from Marks & Spencer
Looking for something with a belt?
The equally popular Belted Wide Leg Trousers, £29.50, come in the colours natural, black, white and navy. The linen belt heightens a day outfit, making them a great choice for an evening out or a day at the office.