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Outfit Formula #25: The Linen Short

Outfit Formula #25: The Linen Short

July is my least favorite month, work-wise.

First, it’s a lot of sales, which I think are helpful to share but become daunting.

Second, it’s a million degrees outside, but fall is arriving in stores, so the content feels disjointed.

And this week, with temperatures that make it feel like you’re sitting on the sun, my enthusiasm for getting dressed is about as strong as my desire to turn on the oven: ZERO.

So let’s talk about a simple formula to follow when the heat is blazing but you have to look but together. 

Our key piece today is this linen, pull-on short from J.Crew, available in several neutral colors, in sizes XXS – 3X

It’s just the thing for heatwave dressing, with lots of pairing options from your current wardrobe. 

Outfit Formula #25: The Linen Short

Ooutfit Formula with linen shorts

Pull-on linen shorts, $59.50 | Leather Sandals, $155 | Headband, $24 | Gauze popover shirt, $79.50 | Raffia clutch, $148

This is a simple formula with elevating elements. 

Start with the linen short of your choice. You can use any style, from a drawstring to a traditional button and zipper. 

We’re using a pair of casual pull-on shorts. 

It’s the fabric we’re focusing on, so we need to be thoughtful with the other materials we use. 

I think there is no better option than the Gauze Pop Over, also by J.Crew. This reader favorite is an ideal top that keeps you cool but dresses up your look just enough. I call this a “better-than-a-tee-shirt-tee-shirt.” 

They added more color options, including this pretty light blue called hydrangea, with three colors on sale in sizes XXS – 3X

The shirt’s texture works well with the linen since they are the same weight and similar blend. It also adds some visual interest necessary to keep the outfit looking too flat, a challenge you run into when working with just a few pieces. 

The big question: tuck or untuck the shirt?

It’s really up to you. A little half tuck would be cute, but you can easily wear this out. Just be sure the bottom of the shirt covers the elastic of the waistband. Otherwise, it will be too long. 

But the accessories take the outfit up a notch without needing a layer. 

These tan “H” sandals from Tuckernuck are another big favorite of our community this summer. This sort of luggage tan is rich and elegant. You can find an almost identical option on Amazon here

Then, a texture-heavy bag, with gold chain detail, a big trend for fall 😉

The tan sandals and raffia bag combine to create a cohesive, purposeful look. 

Finally, I added an optional headband. You don’t need it, but if it fits your style, I like the extra hint of pattern and texture it creates. 

I would also add a simple pair of gold hoops, like this best-selling  pair from Amazon, and your everyday bracelets and rings. 

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Outfit Formula #25: The Linen Short

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quietgirl

Thursday 21st of July 2022

Megan, it may be your least favorite month, but you are doing a great job with content!! Could you perhaps do a post on all-white outfits and how to mix whites? I have a pair of JCrew off-white linen pants (rather baggy) and I have no idea white to wear with them!

Megan Kristel

Friday 22nd of July 2022

Thank you so much, that's really nice. And yes, for sure! I'll do one for this week ;)

Marianne Rohde

Friday 22nd of July 2022

@quietgirl, same and I’d like to wear them or return them if I can’t style them appropriately or if they are TOO baggy 🤷‍♀️

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