Leggings provide an easy-to-style foundation for many an outfit, but when the weather turns warm, we’re in need of an alternative. Right now, we’re looking to cropped pants with a slim fit on top, ranging from flowy wide-legs to frilled hems to satin. Why? Like leggings, they are comfortable, take zero effort to throw on and provide endless styling options thanks to the fitted upper half. However, this season’s range of silhouettes and details offer a bit more pizzazz—think of cropped pants as the forward-thinking option that’s both versatile and lightweight in the heat. Worn with a T-shirt and sneakers, a button-down and slides, or the fashion-girl-approved dress-over-pants pairing, the look is flattering, chic and appealing even to those hesitant to wear actual leggings. Here, three ways to try the ultimate summer alternative—never any harm in a little experimentation.