This summer, ditch heavy denim in favor of lightweight, water-colored bottoms. These chic Chicagoans — photographed in River North July 11 — picked pants that pop, paired with bright white on top. For both guys and girls, neutral shoes and accessories keep the focus on bold britches. When the workday is over, add a lace-up heel or glossy belt, and you’ll have a serious leg up on the fashion competition.
Photos by Ramzi Dreessen