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Stay cool in some of Amazon's breeziest, flowiest pants — all under $40

From palazzo styles that feel like PJs to dressy pairs you can wear to a wedding, these flattering picks are versatile and comfy.

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Who says you have to wear shorts to stay cool this summer? (Amazon)

Just like sunscreen, flip-flops and swimsuits, flowy pants are a summer essential. There's something about the air cooling your legs and the lack of sticky fabric clinging to your (very) sweaty skin. We all deserve to feel lovely and breezy when it comes to summer fashion, right? Flowy pants are also one of the most versatile pieces you can have in your closet. Wear them to the beach, running errands, to the office, out to dinner ... or while buying more flowy pants. They also don't have to be costly — Amazon is stocked with plenty of comfortable, flattering pairs for less than $40. Below are eight fan favorites that have won over thousands of shoppers.

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There's a reason — several, actually — why these pants are a No. 1 bestseller. The standout design includes a wide, smocked and stretchy waistband, two side pockets and an easy pull-on fit. Basically, they're the ultimate everyday-wear pants. Grab 'em in 23 colors.

"These are beautiful, lightweight, flowy, comfortable and wonderful," said a five-star reviewer. "[I] put them on and immediately got a compliment from my husband. So happy, I bought a second pair, and am looking at a third. Perfect for these hot summer days."

$36 at Amazon

Everyone needs a good pair of lightweight travel pants, and these are just the ticket. They're comfy enough for long flights thanks to the elastic waistband and chic enough to feel put together (even at the airport).

"These pants are very classy," shared a five-star fan. "Nice and cool and light. The material is a cotton/linen mix and flows when you walk. They look expensive!"

$30 at Amazon

These pants are so billowy that we initially thought they were a maxi skirt. The extra-airy style means you can easily dress 'em up with heeled sandals for an al fresco dinner or keep things casual with a tee and sneakers. 

"I bought these culottes to step up my game for an upcoming vacation trip to the 'big city' and I'm so glad I did," explained this flowy-pants fan. "The wide legs are cooler than the usual summer pants and they are pretty and flattering."

$27 at Amazon

Loose and lightweight, these breezy capris have an elastic waistband with a drawstring and feature two large side pockets. The super-soft fabric moves with your body, so you can even do yoga and pilates in them.

"My mother is 68 and is a woman of comfort," wrote one Amazon reviewer. "She is modest but does not like long dresses. These are her summer pants, because they are soft, loose-fitting without being frumpy, and they have pockets."

$19 at Amazon

These textured pants scream "beach vacation" and deserve a spot in your suitcase. Made with a lightweight, cozy, breathable fabric, they feature subtly sexy side slits and would work as a stylish swimsuit cover-up. 

"It's a great look for stunning at the beach and going for cocktails or lunch without a change of clothes," wrote one fashionista in their five-star review. They also added that "the elastic waistband is forgiving" — love to hear it.

$29 at Amazon

You may never want to take off these pleated wide-leg pants. Although they feel like you're wearing pajamas, they're dressy enough to wear to a summer wedding. Plus, the tie waist and vertical stripes will make you want to strut your stuff all season long.

"So comfortable," wrote one fan who owns them in four colors. "The material is soft, flows and has a wonderful split up the sides. I can wear them to any occasion and always get compliments about them! Doesn’t shrink and doesn’t need an iron."

$36 at Amazon

Made of a linen and rayon blend, these go-tos offer breezy style with a touch of stretch. Reviewers love the high-waisted silhouette, thick waistband and drawstring closure for keeping things slim and streamlined. 

"These are so flattering and comfortable! I feel like they slimmed my hips down and made me look taller than I already am," wrote one fan

$35 at Amazon

Yes, this is a jumpsuit — but shoppers love it so much that we just had to include it here. This throw-on-and-go piece not only makes getting dressed incredibly easy, but it's also super flattering on any body type thanks to the adjustable spaghetti straps and a wide-leg silhouette.

"The fabric is stretchy, so it was easy to get on and off. It feels like I’m wearing pajamas! You can dress it up enough to wear it to dinner or keep it simple to wear while running errands," said one shopper.

$28 at Amazon

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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