You don’t have to limit your warm-weather wardrobe to skirts and shorts if you have these breathable beauties in your roster.

Once the mercury creeps above 80 degrees, the idea of pulling on thigh-encasing, sweat-inducing, heat-creating trousers sounds like the least appealing sartorial proposition ever, especially when a breezy midi skirt or casual cotton shorts are just one hanger over.

There are, however, certain circumstances—work, for one—that sometimes call for a pair of pants, even in the dog days of summer.

Thankfully, the fashion world has offered up a solution to this uncomfortable conundrum: Enter the culotte. While the term may call to mind youthful skirt-fronted shorts (or worse—boxy, awkwardly hemmed khaki pairs), we invite you to take a look at the new, more modern, flattering, and—perhaps most importantly—comfortable take on the style.

The definition of “culotte” has shifted over the past few years to reflect a fashion-forward style of pant that has a wide cut and hits at mid-calf or a little below. They are essentially the pant version of a midi skirt, falling at that universally flattering part of the leg. And thanks to the roomy silhouette, they’re equally as blissfully breezy in hot and humid temps.

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