How to Style Linen Shorts: Everyday Outfit Ideas I Love

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I’m currently on a little getaway in Scottsdale and have been soaking up all the sun I can get. After a long and cold Indianapolis winter, it’s safe to say I’m thrilled to feel some warm temps again. Because this is my first time visiting this desert town, I honestly wasn’t quite sure what to pack. Swimsuits, cover-ups, and dresses were clear “must pack” items, but one piece that I’m so glad I tossed into my suitcase is linen shorts.

Linen shorts are an obvious go-to for the spring and summer season, but after wearing them throughout this trip, I’ve realized just how versatile they really are. They offer an effortless look (while providing ultimate comfort) and they can be worn for just about any occasion, depending on what you style them with.

Ready to give these timeless bottoms a spot in your closet? Here, I’m sharing a handful of spring and summer-worthy ideas on how to style linen shorts. While these outfits are simple, they all result in a put-together and chic look.

How to Style Linen Shorts

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Linen Shorts and a Cardigan

My love for cardigans runs deep because I truly feel like they complement every type of look. Because I went with a pair of white shorts, I wanted to give the top of my outfit a dose of color. The combo of neutral bottoms with a bright sweater and tank made just the statement I was looking for.

If you tend to be more of a neutral girlie (I’m with you), you could always opt for a white tank underneath the cardigan. Oh, and I can’t forget about the accessories. I thought gold would be a chic choice here, so I added this leather belt and these comfortable heels.

linen shorts with a red sweater
linen short outfit idea with a red sweater

Linen Shorts and a Denim Jacket

For those in-between weather days, layer your linen short outfit with a denim jacket. I’d be surprised if you didn’t already have one on hand, which makes this look so easy to pull together.

Underneath the jacket, I’m wearing a simple striped tank, which would pair perfectly with so many other wardrobe must-haves. If you don’t already have one in rotation, I’m linking several cute finds below—you’ll get great use out of them throughout all seasons.

I’d wear this outfit for any and all daytime occasions, whether I’m running errands, meeting friends for lunch, or heading to the office.

p.s. This tote bag fits soooo much in it and is made with such great quality!

linen short outfit with a striped tank and denim jacket
linen short outfit with a denim jacket and large tote bag

Linen Shorts and a Puff Sleeve Blouse

I have been getting lots of questions about this puff sleeve blouse, which I know will look adorable with so many of my summer staples. It’s lightweight and doesn’t stick to your skin—a crucial factor to consider when dressing for warm weather.

Pair the blouse of your choice with white linen shorts and some nude heels for a sophisticated look. You could wear this for a date night or for brunch with the girls. Just add a belt, a fun handbag, and some sunglasses and you’ll be set!

linen shorts outfit with a puff sleeved blouse

Linen Shorts and a Button-Up Shirt

If the blouse above doesn’t fit within your budget, try a basic button-up shirt instead. This makes for such a simple outfit that truly will never go out of style. Plus, there are so many button-up options to choose from, whether you want something patterned, plain, or colorful.

I personally lean more toward neutral pieces, but with that being said, I still do like to incorporate some color and prints into my outfits. This cropped shirt has consistently been a best-seller and I think it offers the perfect mix of neutral and “fun.”

For the finishing touches, slip into some white sandals or kitten heels, then add a purse. And if you want to go for an even more feminine feel, these scallop linen shorts would look so cute!

linen short outfit with a button down top and sandals
linen short outfit with a striped button down shirt and sandals

Linen Shorts and an Eyelet Top

Eyelet is always “in” but there’s something about it that feels particularly well suited for the summer. It just so happens that linen shorts and an eyelet top make for sweetest combo. I’m a big fan of versatile outfits that you can wear all day but also keep on well into the evening—this look provides just that.

I’m wearing this exact top in the photo below and love that it has a tie-front design. I also came across this one, which has a similar look and fit.

I went more casual with the overall vibe here, but if you wanted to dress things up you could certainly swap the sandals for heels and the tote for a clutch.

linen short outfit with a black top and sandals

The Best Linen Shorts

Now that I’ve (hopefully) gotten you hooked on linen shorts, you might need to snag a pair of your own. There definitely isn’t a shortage of options out there, but that can honestly make it even harder to pick just one. Here are a handful that I really love—and that would make a great addition to your spring, summer, and even fall wardrobe.

I hope this post helped you figure out how to style linen shorts. Please let me know which outfit idea you like best by commenting below!

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