How to style linen shorts – three ways

Girl wearing a black one shoulder top and tailored linen shorts in a burnt orange / pink colour. The shorts have a high waist and braided belt detailing.
Girl wearing a navy polka dot blouse and tailored linen shorts in a burnt orange / pink colour. The shorts have a high waist and braided belt detailing.
Girl wearing a white knit from Sportscraft and tailored linen shorts in a burnt orange / pink colour. The shorts have a high waist and braided belt detailing.
Girl wearing a black one shoulder top and tailored linen shorts in a burnt orange / pink colour. The shorts have a high waist and braided belt detailing.
Girl wearing a navy polka dot blouse and tailored linen shorts in a burnt orange / pink colour. The shorts have a high waist and braided belt detailing.
Girl wearing a white knit from Sportscraft and tailored linen shorts in a burnt orange / pink colour. The shorts have a high waist and braided belt detailing.
Girl wearing a white knit from Sportscraft and tailored linen shorts in a burnt orange / pink colour. The shorts have a high waist and braided belt detailing.
Girl wearing a black one shoulder top and tailored linen shorts in a burnt orange / pink colour. The shorts have a high waist and braided belt detailing.

Here we are at the end of summer in the northern hemisphere. The sharp crisp early morning are just beginning to tease us. The leaves haven’t begun to turn golden, but soon. You can feel it. That said, I thought I could squeeze one more summer-related post in before the autumn content begins as these outfits have been sitting in my backlog of photos for too long. They might be helpful for those of you down south too, where the weather is warming up, I hear. High-waisted tailored linen shorts are one of my favourite things to wear in summer. The tailoring of these linen shorts makes them feel polished but the breathable fabric – one of my favourites – gives them the outfit effortless resort-style vibes. This is a pair I bought from Shona Joy late last year and they’ve been on repeat this summer. The high waist and braided belt detailing cinches in the waist creating a flattering hourglass silhouette and they’re the perfect length – not too short. Here’s three ways I’ve styled them. 

With a polka dot print

I’ll always have a soft spot for a polka dot print. A perennial favourite with a hint vintage made modern. This navy polka dot blouse (I actually have two the same – I liked it that much) I’ve had for many years and it goes with just about anything in my wardrobe. That said, I really like it styled with these linen shorts. When I do add colour to my wardrobe I often like to use the colour wheel as a guide. Colours opposite one another on the colour wheel often tend to look quite striking together (known as, colour harmony) which is why I think this navy top goes so well with the burnt orange hue of the linen shorts. Muted tones are my favourite adding a splash of interest without looking too bright. 

With a Statement Top for a smart casual look

You’ll have seen this top featured many times before. I love how the asymmetrical neckline dresses up the linen shorts (a more casual piece) and, with a pair of heels, transitions it into a smart casual look you could wear to a lunch or dinner out. I’ve never been one to feel comfortable showing a lot of skin – just something personal – so I often find myself pairing shorts or a mini skirt with a top which covers more of my neckline or arms. The asymmetrical design of this top is a bit more daring but not to the point of making me feel uncomfortable. I think it’s always important to dress in a way which makes you feel the best – however that is. 

With a sweater for cool summer nights or a transitional look

Unless the temperature range is in the high 30s I’m rarely without a jumper or light weight knit, even in summer. I’ve just been caught out by a cool breeze one too many times to fall for that trick again thank-you-very-much. For those hard to read in between season days, shorts and a jumper can be a good compromise. I always feel warmer if my core is rugged up. If you slip a tank top underneath you can always peel off the layers if warmer weather catches you unawares.

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These are just a few ways I’ve style these tailored linen shorts. But they are such a versatile piece which could be styled in so many ways. Simply stying them with a tank top or t-shirt for summer and a pair of slides would be an easy casual chic look to throw on for a day of errands.  

What’s your favourite way to style tailored linen shorts? 

Outfit details (all pieces are old but I’ve linked similar items): Shorts – here and here, One Shoulder Top – here and here, Polka Dot Top, White Knit.

Photos: Sara Eshu

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