5 Fresh Ways to Wear Linen Shorts in 2024

If there’s anything the past few years have taught us, it’s how important linen is in the summer. Breathable, versatile, and feather-light in texture, linen is exactly what we reach for when the temperatures rise. And if you want a piece that can seamlessly transition from city to beach, you won’t find a better option than linen. While there are a few key styles that will be really popular in 2024 (and there are countless amazing wide-leg drawstring pants and matching shirts on the market right now), it’s the understated neutrals that people are stocking up on the most, and linen shorts are taking center stage this summer.

Relaxed tailored styles are back in style, with people swapping pretty summer dresses for linen shorts. With the holidays and warmer weather just around the corner, it’s time for these comfortable wardrobe heroes to come into their own. Just a quick scroll through Instagram’s best-dressed feeds will tell you: guarantee Linen shorts are making their way into poolside attire, but how do you style this casual charm? We have a clear answer.

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When it comes to styling linen, layering simple separates always looks expensive, especially if they’re in a color-blocking tone. Of course, boxy tees, tank tops, and loose-fitting blouses are obvious choices, but if you’re looking for fresh ways to wear linen shorts this summer, we’ve rounded up five outfits that work just fine. Scroll through to see the best linen shorts outfits we’ve seen so far this year; you’ll want to bookmark them for later.

1. Crochet top + linen shorts + midi heel sandals

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Style NotesWhat happens when you combine two of the biggest trends of summer 2024 into one outfit? Crochet + linen shorts are a recipe for success, instantly transporting us to far-flung international destinations. It makes sense that all this outfit needs is some strappy sandals, and you’ve got a chic outfit perfect for an evening outdoors.

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2. Chunky knit + linen shorts + ballet pumps

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Style NotesLet’s be honest: British weather is… unpredictable at the best of times. It’s good to have some practical knitwear on hand ‘just in case’. As Lorna proves: [pictured above]Linen shorts and a cosy jumper make a super chic lounge look, especially when paired with comfortable flats like ballet pumps. Think of this as your lazy weekend uniform.

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3. Waistcoat + linen shorts + chunky sandals

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Style NotesSearch no more! You may have found the perfect summer outfit to wear to the office: Brittany’s vest and shorts combo is cool yet covered, sophisticated yet comfortable. [pictured above] It’s a masterclass in warm-weather tailoring, and a departure from the blazer and jeans combo you’ve been wearing all through autumn and winter.

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4. Linen outfit + sweatshirt

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Style Notes: If you only have five minutes to get ready and no time to think about what goes with what, a quick outfit can save you the trouble of picking an outfit. It’s hard to go wrong with this look and it’s just as quick as a tracksuit but looks so much more elegant. But we love that Marianne keeps it casual. [pictured above] Pair it with your everyday sneakers to add a subtle accent of color.

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5. Denim shirt + linen shorts + mules

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Style Notes: As anyone who wears jeans almost every day knows, blue denim pairs well with almost everything in your wardrobe. When the warmer weather gets too much for your heavy jeans, swap in some linen shorts and a versatile denim shirt for a look that can be dressed up or down with just a change of shoes.