How To Style Linen Shorts

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By Jess
25 May 2023
How To Style Linen Shorts
linen shorts, linen button down, sweatshirt

I’m gonna go ahead and say that linen shorts are the ultimate summer shorts. They’re breathable, light, breezy and so comfortable. When I was working on this post I was kind of shocked by how many options are out there. Linen shorts are having a moment and I love it. They come in so many different styles, colors and options, there really is something for everyone.

Whether you like linen bermuda shorts, a casual drawstring pair or a high waisted style, I’ve rounded up a ton of cute linen shorts for summer. If you’re not sure how to wear linen shorts or just looking for the perfect pair, I’ve got you covered. I’m rounding up linen shorts outfits, the cutest styles and giving plenty of tips for how to style them this season.

If you’re looking for more ways to wear linen you might like this older post where I styled a linen jumpsuit or this linen shirtdress.

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How To Style Linen Shorts

casual and effortless

Linen shorts are such a great casual style for every day. Wear them with white sneakers or birkenstocks and a white tee for an easy and effortless outfit. Keep your white t-shirt tucked in to your linen shorts so it looks polished.

pay attention to proportions

Linen shorts can be baggy and have a lot of volume. Be careful not to dress in pieces that overwhelm your frame. Even though I’ve paired an oversized linen shirt with linen shorts, the length of the shorts works well with the button down because they’re not too long. Keep the hem shorter if you’re wearing a loose top or go with a fitted top if your shorts are on the baggier side.

elevate your outfit with structured pieces

If you want to style linen a bit dressier or more work appropriate pair structured pieces like a blazer with your linen shorts. There are a lot of really great tailored linen shorts that are a much better option for work or a dressier occasion.

stop stressing about wrinkles

The number one question I get about linen is always, “but what can I do about the wrinkles?” Here’s the thing, linen is going to wrinkle. Honestly, I think it’s one of the things that makes the fabric easy and fun to wear. Wrinkles are just a part of wearing linen, embrace it, or pick a different fabric! I use a steamer for my linen pieces but know that it will wrinkle when I wear it.

Linen Shorts Outfits

Linen Shorts Outfits

Elastic or Linen drawstring Shorts With White Linen Button Down

For a casual outfit that still looks chic and effortless, elastic or drawstring linen shorts are such a great style for summer. I gravitate towards neutrals and these linen shorts from Madewell are a nice elevated style. Drape a cozy sweatshirt or sweater over your shoulders for added style.

Striped Linen Shorts with a white tee

For a preppy take, try striped linen shorts. I love a matching set but you can also keep it simple with a white linen button down or basic tee. I think this would look really cute with white sneakers or a strappy leather sandal.

cotton/linen shorts with matching top

You might already know my love for matching sets this summer, but these cotton/linen shorts are a great option. The fabric is super soft and comfortable, lightweight and breezy. It looks so chic with the matching tank but you can also wear it with a simple tee and sneakers.

Linen Bermuda Shorts With Fitted Tank

If you like a loose fit, try bermuda shorts paired with a fitted tank. Strappy sandals and a simple belt are great accessories for bermuda shorts. Opt for linen bermuda shorts with a high waist and tuck in a fitted tank or tee.

High Waisted Linen Shorts and Linen Blazer

If you’re looking for an outfit to wear to a dressier event or even to the office, try high waisted linen shorts with a linen blazer. Add a feminine blouse or button down and strappy sandals.

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