Skip to Content

StarFREE! Wardrobe Checklist Download + Weekly Newsletter DOWNLOAD

Outfit Formula : 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. 

52 Outfits in 2022!

Follow Us on Instagram!

Our Style Content is Inspired by Our Readers

Our readership inspires all of our posts and is not sponsored or paid for by brands or retailers. 

Recommendations are based on my experience as a personal stylist and wardrobe consultant for over a decade. I worked with busy, down-to-earth women who wanted to look chic and feel confident but were often confused by so much of retail. 

Some links are affiliate links, which means if you purchase via our site, we receive a small commission.

If you enjoy our content and would like to help us grow, please  follow on Instagram and join our Private Facebook Group to access more advice and exclusive in-depth conversations with other like-minded women.

Learn about our mission to help women look and feel their very best, every day, here

Sign Up for Daily Content and Receive Our Free Classic Wardrobe Checklist

Outfit Formula : The Linen Short

Related Posts

 Join Megan Kristel for a comprehensive, 3 hour long, LIVE Virtual Workshop sharing personal style and shopping tips for women over 40 on March 31, 2023.


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.

Never Miss a Post

Enter your email address below to sign up for our newsletter and get your free copy of our Wardrobe Essentials Checklist sent to your inbox.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


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 🤷‍♀️