These bestselling M&S summer trousers cost less than £20

Trust good old Marks and Spencer to solve a seasonal sartorial dilemma: the perfect summer trousers. Sometimes it’s too hot to contemplate pulling on a pair of skinny jeans but you don’t want to bare your legs. Step up M&S’ Pure Cotton Tapered Chinos.

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A flattering mid-rise cut with a gentle taper (no calf strangling here), a slight crop flashes enough ankle to make them summery – and they come in three lengths (short, regular and long) so every height is catered for.

The soft, 100% sustainable cotton means they tick the box when it comes to the all important comfort factor. And these chinos come in an impressive 11 different shades. While the best-selling colour is classic navy (they also come in soft white or khaki if you’re after other versatile options) they’re also available in zingy sorbet colours of yellow, lavender and orange. We’re particularly taken with the bright cobalt blue.

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The joy of a good pair of chinos, of course, is that you can style them up or down. Add a crisp shirt or smart blouse, and wear with this season’s loafer-mules for an office appropriate look. Or roll up the hems and sling on a jersey tee and sandals for off-duty days.

The very best bit? These multi-tasking trousers only cost £19.50.

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They’re part of the M&S’ Love It For Less campaign, featuring summer staples at new lower prices. In addition to the bestselling chinos, you can snap up a cotton t-shirt for less than a fiver (£4.50) and a nautical-striped midi summer dress for £35.

The push to highlight M&S’ affordable clothing comes as the retailer announces the planned closure of over 100 stores across the UK between now and 2022 as part of a ‘radical transformation plan’. Luckily, if your local M&S has bit the dust, the chinos are available online, too.