It's finally hot enough to stop wearing jeans, but you can't get away with shorts in the office. The alternative? A good pair of lightweight trousers will see you through the work week while saving your knees from public display.
While summer usually ends up as linen overload in stores, there's other options too - let us run down the options.
1 Chambray (above)
It's not just for shirts you know. Chambray is a great choice for summer. It's close enough to denim to avoid having to work out new outfits but lightweight enough to avoid having your legs feel they're stuck in a trouser press in summer.
A good pair are these by Adriano Goldschmied ($148, AGJeans) - they're slim enough to look contemporary but not so slim you look like you're auditioning for a Russell Brand tribute act.
Seersucker's never been away but it's reputation has gained the air of stale Werther's Originals. Because of this, we don't blame you if you've ignored Seersucker, but there are several people doing great things with the fabric.
One such brand is Brooks Brothers, purveyors of all things US inspired, have a new cut of seersucker trousers, called the Milano. It's the slimmest they've ever done, but that's still nowhere near Pete-Doherty-in-his-prime slim, so they'll fit most body types.($77, Brooks Brothers)
We had to mention it. Linen, despite being pushed on men every summer, still endures a bad rap.
But there are ways to wear it without looking like a child on a summer holiday. The first and most important tip would be to slim it down.
It's the cut that makes it look so old fashioned, not the fabric itself.
Secondly, get it in a relatively neutral colour (a great choice is this pair from ASOS, £40). Follow these basics and you won't look like a dad trying to jazz it up on a holiday. Even if that's exactly what you're doing.