Long Pants in the Summer?? YES, THESE.


I get that not everyone is into shorts.  Before Shana gave me the (life-changing) tip of sizing denim shorts up (way up so they’re a bit baggy), I could never seem to find the right fit.  They were too high or too tight or too long or too wide or too “mom-ish.” . . .  Shorts are hard.  And that’s if you can wear them!  E recently wrote in with this question:

I’m in the third trimester of my second pregnancy, and I have developed crazy varicose veins. My doc sent me to a specialist, long story short, I’m now wearing full length maternity compression stockings. They’re horrible. Super opaque, weird beige color, full toe. How do I work with these? I’m thinking of wearing them under leggings, and then maybe going with high tops? Thankfully I only have to make it to mid-June, then presumably giving birth will remedy the situation and I can wear skirts and shorts again! Thanks for any insight!

E, you are not alone.  We get questions all.the.time about warm-weather options for hiding varicose veins (even without the complications you’re dealing with).   My favorite option?

Surf pants.

They are super comfortable (like pajama-comfortable), lightweight, cool, flattering – but youthful, too, invoking a surfer-girl vibe. They can be worn out to the beach or dressed up for a night on the town.

(Personally, I also like to wear them on the couch while watching tv, but that’s just me.)







Surf Pants (available in lots of colors; I’m wearing size medium and am usually a size 6)

Rip Curl Tank

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Como (my favorite summer lip color)

Similar Cuff Bracelet (I’m drooling over this mixed metal cuff!)

Collar Necklace

These pics were taken in Lake Havasu while I was visiting our parents and oh my Lord do I miss their pool!  Swimming in it in the morning, lounging around it in the afternoon and cocktails sitting around it during sunset . . . take me back! But I digress . . . here are some more options for finding your perfect “summer pants.”

Surfer Girl




  1. great tip for keeping covered and cool! and for wearing those compression stockings in warm weather, snip off the feet and wear them with sandals!

  2. Check out Old Navy’s Maternity Linen fold over pants. I lived in them the last trimester for my second son (born last June). They are so so comfortable and light weight. They do run a little big and tend to stretch by the end of the day so definitely size down.

  3. Loft has super cute pants too like this–and when they have a sale (think every other day) at 40% off they are a great price!

  4. Oooh, I love those ones you are wearing! And I also appreciate lots of Amazon links you use because Prime is my jam 🙂 What kind of bra do you recommend for under the top you are wearing? Thanks!

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