When I’m in tropical or warm-weather destinations, I’d really love to live in my swimsuit, shorts, and tanks. Growing up, those were my chosen clothing items all summer, and when the day came that I finally had to wear pants, they felt weird on my legs.


As an adult, I pack a variety of clothing items for tropical trips, and have found a favorite pair of linen pants (that I now have in three colors) that always make the cut. Athleta Retreat Linen Jogger pants are casual enough to wear in the most relaxed circumstances, but dress up perfectly for a dinner out or beach-formal event.


The 100% linen pants are semi-fitted with a high rise, sitting at the natural waist. A drawcord can be tied at the waist for a custom fit. As a fabric, linen is breathable, allowing airflow to move easily through the garment, which is exactly what you want in warm-weather conditions.


The jogger style has a loose fit with a tapered bottom, ending in an elastic cuff at the bottom of the legs. There are two front zippered pockets deep enough to fit your phone, and two back pockets that are shallower, but also useful.


Sure, linen wrinkles. But after wearing the Retreat Linen Jogger on plenty of trips, I’ve never felt that they were ever so wrinkled that I couldn’t wear them without ironing them. When it’s time to wash the pants, they can be easily machine washed and dried.


The Retreat Linen Joggers come in undyed (a natural, off-white color), calla lily (white), and black, and list for $79 on the Athleta site. There have been occasions when Athleta has offered these pants in bright colors, so keep checking back if that’s your preference.

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