How to Wear Linen Shorts: 5 Outfits for Guys

How to Wear Linen Shorts: 5 Outfits for Guys

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By Gabi Meyers | Last Updated: Apr 28 2024 | 4 min read

Consider this Team SG’s annual reminder that linen is not reserved for ’90s boy band members in a music video set on a beach for a sad song about losing the girl, and how much they want her back, baby.

No, wearing linen is for every guy. Singing or dancing chops not required!

The way to avoid looking like you should be performing dance choreography by the ocean while wearing linen is to 1) not wear it head to toe. And 2) make sure your linen pieces are tailored closer to street clothes than billowy vacation wear.

A great place to jump into wearing linen this summer? Linen shorts.

Why wear linen shorts?

Yes, cotton chino shorts are right there. And I’ll be honest; I’m not even mad at the return of jorts in the year of our Lord 2024.

But linen! You can’t go wrong when the heat is H O T.

Linen shorts are among the lightest, most summer-y bottoms in your closet. You guys are no strangers to this style superhero of a natural fiber that just exudes ease…you can wear literally linen anything (like say, a linen suit!) and feel great in 100ºF+ weather.

(Pssst, if you want to keep the wrinkles to a minimum while keeping easy breeziness at its max? Opt for a linen-cotton blend.)

How to wear linen shorts

A lot of guys want to know how to wear white linen shorts for men, but if this is your first ride on the linen-go-round, I recommend a hue that’s a few notches away from pure white, just to be safe.

Like these J.Crew linen shorts bad boys. These light, light blue linen shorts are durable, cool to the touch, and look even better with a few wrinkles. And the slim fit ensures a clean, tailored look all summer long.

What shoes to wear with linen shorts?

As you’ll see in the outfits below, linen shorts go with all kinds of summer shoes, from espadrilles to sneakers to sandals and more. A good rule of thumb? The shoes you wear with linen shorts should have the same visual “weight” as your easy breezy shorts. So: nothing too clunky or heavy or wintery.

Shop some of the best shoes to wear with men’s linen shorts:

Below, 5 linen shorts outfits for men to wear this summer:

j.crew linen shorts outfit

Shop the outfit:

SG Says: Wear your linen shorts with a lightweight striped sweater and some espadrille-like slides.

men's linen shorts outfit with birkenstock sandals

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SG Says: Lean into the off-duty vibes of linen with a nautical-adjacent look. This striped polo from Outerknown says, “I’m about to set sail” while the white Birks say “And I brought the White Claws.”

linen shorts with nisolo sandals

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SG Says: Give your linen shorts an upscale edge with woven leather shoes and a band collar shirt.

linen shorts with tennis shoes outfit

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SG Says: I love the tennis-y vibe of this outfit, while the texture on this colorblock polo shirt keeps things from looking like you should have a racquet in your hand.

linen shorts with hoodie and sneakers

Shop the outfit:

SG Says: Try to catch me out not recommending a man wear a bubble gum pink hoodie.

Shop #SGapproved linen shorts

These men’s linen shorts are affordable, slim fit, and will have you feeling comfortable and confident all summer long.


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Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Gabi Meyers went from Team SG's first-ever intern to a trusted fashion editor and stylist. She currently lives in Chicago with a very cute dog.