The 11 Best Linen Shorts for Women in 2024

Easy, breezy, beautiful.

Bella Ema seen wearing a black sunglasses, silver earrings, a black oversize LeGer blazer, a creme satin crop top from LeGer, a creme linen shorts from LeGer, a white leather handbag on March 28, 2022 in Berlin, Germany
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We’re entering the dog days of summer—those muggy days where you can hardly step outside, let alone put together a cute outfit. That’s why I’m focusing on the lighter things in life, namely the best linen pants, linen dresses, and linen shorts. If linen pants are for your coastal grandma-inspired trips out of town, then linen shorts are for those scorching days when clothes seem impossible.

There are a ton of different linen shorts available right now, so you’re bound to find one in your preferred style, colorway, or budget. There are drawstring shorts that make for a great bathing suit coverup, the kind you can keep in your beach bag all summer long. Or, shop tailored versions that look great when paired with a linen blazer or a coordinating linen shirt as a summer work outfit (that is, if your office lets you wear shorts). 

Linen shorts are also a great alternative to denim shorts—they’re just as wearable if you buy them in a neutral color like navy blue, white, black, or tan, but they’re often far more comfortable. Plus, the styling opportunities are endless once you find a pair that you love. To prove it, I spoke to Zoe Gofman, a celebrity stylist who has worked with supermodels like Adriana Lima and Shanina Shaik.

How To Style Linen Shorts for Daytime

“For a daytime look, I always like to take advantage of the fact that we can wear all-white looks during the summertime,” Gofman tells me. So, try to keep it simple. “I would normally go for a basic white tee with a white linen shirt or a plain black tank.” And when it comes to accessories, stick to the basics of your summer wardrobe. “You can style linen shorts with sneakers, ballet flats, or sandals depending on the occasion for daytime looks.” Bonus points if your all-white outfits match your coolest all-white sneakers.

How To Style Linen Shorts for Nighttime

This may be surprising to say, but linen shorts can be sexy for nighttime, especially when you style them with trendier accessories that show a little skin. One way I love styling linen shorts for nighttime is to wear them with a button-down, little open-toe heels, a little belt, and a clutch,” says Gofman. Or, follow her lead and opt for a pair of linen shorts that come in shades like navy blue or black. “Even during the summertime, I always tend to add a darker color to my nighttime look to give more of a night vibe, so many of the accessories styled with linen shorts during the nighttime are dark-colored.” 

Deals on Linen Shorts

Abercrombie & Fitch Ultra High Rise Linen-Blend Pull-On Short, $60 $51 at Abercrombie & Fitch

Abercrombie & Fitch Ultra High Rise Linen-Blend Pull-On Short, $60 $51 at Abercrombie & Fitch

These best-selling linen pants are available for 20 percent off right now on Abercrombie & Fitch's website. Shop them in this bright yellow color for a cute vacation-ready outfit. 

The Best Linen Shorts

Meet The Expert

Zoe Gofman
Zoe Gofman

Zoe ‘Zaz’ Gofman, is a New York and Los Angeles based fashion stylist, wardrobe stylist, personal shopper and creative consultant. She is known for marrying her bold flair with her love for vintage pieces and the classic crispness of French fashion. 

Growing up spending her summers in France, Zaz was continually immersed in and inspired by international fashion trends at a young age. She curated and refined her stylistic eye throughout young adulthood by sourcing and sewing textiles, working at local clothing stores, and being hired as a personal shopper in her hometown of New York City. 

In addition, her passion for fashion, zaz possess a unique musical talent and went on to college at Tulane University, with the long-term goal of entering the music industry. Graduating from Tulane in 2020, Zaz began to think about ways to merge her creative interests as she sought to lay the foundation for her career path. However, that career path found her. Zaz’s intrepid style and unmatched confidence turned heads when she attended NYFW in September of 2021, catching the eye of big industry names and landing her a job as Shanina Shaik’s wardrobe stylist. since then, Zaz has taken on several additional clients including Adriana Lima, Meredith Duxbury, Elisha Herbert, Charlotte McKinney and more as well as styling for various brand campaigns and contributing her style expertise in articles for InStyle, Harper’s BAZAAR, People, etc. Whether she is styling someone for a night or dressing an entire brand campaign, Zoe is devoted to creating timeless looks that capture not only a moment, but also the people in that moment, and making them feel like they’re the only one in the room. ‘\

Julia Marzovilla
Fashion E-Commerce Editor

Julia Marzovilla is the Fashion E-Commerce Editor at Marie Claire, where she reviews the latest launches from fashion and beauty brands, finds the best on-sale items around the internet, and interviews experts to find the best products in any category to share with her readers. She also creates shopping guides that span every vertical on the site as an expert in everything from the best laptop bags to the best laser hair removal devices.

In her near decade of experience, Julia has both written for several top outlets in the E-Commerce space and worked at major fashion labels. Prior to joining the Marie Claire team, she contributed similar shopping stories to sites such as Bustle, InStyle, The Zoe Report, Who What Wear, and worked as the Trending Fashion and News Writer STYLECASTER. You can find her across the internet at @JuliaMarzovilla. In real life, you can find her creating shopping guides for her friends, cooking or baking in her too-small kitchen, or buying tickets for the next time Harry Styles is in town.

Julia has a Bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Journalism from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. She lives in New York City, her hometown.