Never mind short shorts and tank tops: Linen is the real secret to staying cool in the heat. A pair of navy linen pants I own have made it through trips to Africa, Croatia, and three New York summers. They're the bomb. And I've been searching for another pair like them for ages. This weekend, in J.Crew, I finally found them.
Like my original navy favorites, these are a linen/cotton blend. They have a boyish fit, which I love. And they're ridiculously comfy. The obvious way to wear them is at the beach with sandals. But a button-down and ballet flats lend a smartness to them that could work at the office. And, if you roll 'em up and wear them with heels, they're actually totally appropriate for a fancy-ish dinner.
Get them here, in "sunwashed sand."