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A $100 Linen Shorts Suit

I know what you’re thinking,

“Meg, maybe get a spray tan before you take warm weather outfit pictures.”

Well, I DID.

I got an actual spray tan the day before I took this picture, so even I’m startled by how pale I look.

I guess we’re going up a few shades next time 🙂


How cute is this linen shorts and blazer set?

I’ve wanted to share this style for a while, but had a hard time finding the right thing.

Some options looked like a business suit but make it shorts, and others seemed a little sloppy or were crazy overpriced with no sizing.

So I am thrilled I found this affordable look and stunned at the level of quality, from Old Navy, in sizes up to a 4X. 

Double-Breasted Linen-Blend Suit Blazer, $64.99 | Extra High-Waisted Taylor Linen-Blend Trouser Shorts 6-inch Inseam, $36.99 | Bag, $55 | Mules, $50

Sold separately, I love a “set” that you can break apart and mix and match.

Worn together, this is surprisingly comfortable, and even though it’s a linen blend, I didn’t find it to be a wrinkled mess, even when I took it out of the shipping bag.

For reference I am 5’10 and wear anywhere from an 8 – 12, or a medium and large. I am actively working to reclaim my fitness, so my sizing is all over the place.

The shorts run true to size. And I am wearing a regular size large in the shorts which have a 6″ inseam. (I’m not wearing the tall option).

However, the blazer runs big. I’m wearing a large, but, it’s too big; I going back for the medium.

It’s a bit too full in my shoulders.

After months of working out, I finally dropped a dress size; the over-40 fitness struggle is real.

But also, the blazer is oversized, so keep that in mind.

I styled them with these $50 mules from Amazon’s the Drop, but I would also wear them with sneakers.

These black and white Veja’s would be sporty and adorable.

Take the pieces and pair the blazer with summer jeans and bottoms, and the shorts fit well and would like great with a crisp white camp shirt or black and white striped tee.

I just wore this to lunch on a warm day instead of my usual jeans, and it felt SO NICE to get dressed and full pulled together. It’s amazing how it can change your entire mood.

A $100 Linen Shorts Suit

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Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

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Thursday 4th of May 2023

Thats a great outfit and you look wonderful. Im going to buy if for the spring and summer months. Thanks for your wonderful blog!


Thursday 27th of April 2023

Are we still so far away from a time when people can feel comfortable in their own skin? Why can there only be one shade that is socially desirable when baring skin in shorts and bathing suits? It makes me sad to think about so many dark skinned people who have been unfairly oppressed because of the color of their skin. Can you imagine their desire to be lighter toned? I cannot fail to see the irony in trying to cover pale white skin with artificial color. I do not believe anyone should be made to feel self conscious about the color of their skin while bearing it in summer styles. Sun screen should be the only skin accessory needed.

Megan Kristel

Thursday 27th of April 2023

Oh my GOD can we calm down? If a woman feels a little more confident with a spray tan - LET HERE LIVE.

Penny Smith

Thursday 27th of April 2023

I'm naturally blonde and light skinned as well. It is frustrating that those of us with that coloring have to be ashamed of our pale skin (especially legs). Why can't our shade of skin be pretty too? Why is tanned skin (which is so hard to achieve naturally for us) so worshipped in our culture? I think all skin tones are beautiful-black, white, brown, in all the variations of humans. I just wish our society would stop making us feel less pretty for having white legs.

Your shorts suit is really pretty on you, and your legs look great, just for the record. : )


Thursday 27th of April 2023

You chic! The outfit is fabulous, but shorts are out at my school. Yes, I am a 6th grade Science teacher. 😊


Thursday 27th of April 2023

I love the blazer but I prefer an 11" inseam for my shorts. I'll see if ON carries longer shorts. Just a better look for me.

Maribeth Quinn

Thursday 27th of April 2023

So chic! You look amazing! Just ordered! 💕


Thursday 27th of April 2023

I will check out that blazer! The shorts, however, are not for me.


Thursday 27th of April 2023

Love it! You look great (and that's about as "tan" as I can ever be lol)

Terri Willoughby

Thursday 27th of April 2023

I have those shorts, and they are so flattering!!


Thursday 27th of April 2023

I love this look! Just ordered it - I've been really liking this short suit idea for spring and summer, so am thrilled that you found one for us! Can't wait to wear it!