As we start to welcome warmer weather, it’s time to embrace our breezy, easy-going side with the perfect spring and summer staple: linen pants. As someone who always prioritizes comfort without sacrificing style, I totally love a linen pants outfit.
Linen pants are lightweight, comfortable, and effortlessly cute, making them an absolute must-have addition to any wardrobe. Plus, they’re versatile enough to wear year-round — they aren’t just reserved for warmer weather.
If you’re unsure of how to style something other than your much-loved jeans, I put together this list of what to wear with linen pants. These ideas are perfect for anyone who has trouble styling a new closet staple, or for those who just need a little outfit inspiration. Let’s get into it!
What to Wear With Linen Pants
Heels, Sandals, Sneakers….
Picking which shoes to wear with linen pants really comes down to the look you’re going for and the occasion. Are you going for a chic vibe? Opt for heels. Are you going for a “it’s too hot out and I don’t want to wear jeans” vibe? Try flat sandals. Or, if you’re going for a casual and low-effort look, add your favorite neutral sneakers.
One other thing to keep in mind: if you know you’re going to be on your feet all day, you’ll definitely want to wear the most comfortable pair of shoes possible. Just remember that when it comes to styling linen pants, your shoes will set the tone of your outfit.
Regardless of your style, a form-fitting bodysuit is a wardrobe staple. I wear bodysuits on repeat throughout the spring and summer. I swear that they make putting an outfit together so much easier.
Since a good rule of thumb is to pair loose-fitting pants with a tight top, styling a bodysuit with linen pants is a no-brainer. A bodysuit like this one (which comes in almost every color possible) adds to the simple aesthetic you get with linen pants.
I also swear by the Black SKIMS bodysuit. It’s both seamless and a thong, making it ideal for white linen pants – no panty lines here.
Given the fact that linen pants are typically a dressed down and casual article of clothing, adding a flashy top can create a more elevated look.
If you want to avoid looking like you just rolled out of bed in your pajamas, opt for a fitted blouse or tank top to pair with your linen pants. This will create contrast between the loose, relaxed look of the pants and a more structured top.
For an even more sophisticated look, try a looser-fitting button-down shirt. But be sure to tuck it in or tie it at the bottom to show off your figure. It can be an animal print blouse, a fun patterned crop top, or even a vintage graphic tee. While matching linen sets can be cute, they’re best reserved for more casual occasions like a day at the beach.
Accessories are the fun part of styling any outfit. Just like choosing which shoes to pair with your linen pants outfit, accessories are simply based on the overall look you want to achieve. You can always get away with a pair of oversized sunnies and a wide brim sun hat.
How to Style Linen Pants
- Balance out the loose-fit of linen pants with more fitted tops.
- Add some contrast to your outfit by pairing linen pants with harder textures like leather or denim.
- If you’re on the petite side, cropped linen pants will create the illusion of longer legs. Also, stay away from flat sandals and opt for tucking in your blouse or shirt to appear taller.
- If you have an hourglass figure, wear linen pants that highlight your waistline and showcase your feminine curves. A more fitted style will accentuate your hips and hug your body in all the right places.
- Depending on the occasion, a matching linen set can take you from a casual day of errands to a chic Sunday brunch
- When accessorizing your linen pants outfit, opt for minimalist jewelry. Keep the focus on the relaxed yet stylish nature of the pants.
- Pro tips for linen pants: triple check that your white linen pants are made with quality material so they are not see-through.
- Linen fabric and wrinkles have a toxic relationship. Embrace the wrinkled look or take some time to iron the. Or, hang them up in the bathroom when you shower and let the steam do the work.
5 Linen Pants Outfits
Casual business attire has different rules for different professions. But normally we associate business casual with crisp jeans and a nice blouse. I’m going to let you in on a little secret: chambray blue linen pants with a white button-down looks both casual and professional. Pair with a chunky block heel and leather tote and get down to business.
Also, I know that it can turn into an endless battle (and multiple blisters) to find the perfect pair of comfortable heels. Whether you’re going to work event or formal dinner with friends, I’d highly recommend these Loeffler Randall Penny Pleated Bow Sandals. I have had them for years and think they are hands-down one of the best purchases I have ever made. I love them so much that I even got the same pair with a shorter heel!
Coast to Coast Vacation
Linen pants are an absolute must-pack item for any beach vacation. They take up little to no room in your suitcase, (but remember what I said about wrinkles) and can be worn at any point during your vacation.
For a tropical oasis style, pair white linen pants with a boho crop top, a lightweight crepe top, a ribbed tank top, or the Perfect Boyfriend Shirt. Seriously, pretty much any top you pack will go with linen pants. All that’s left is throwing on some strappy heels or sandals (even these white Birkenstock dupes would work and they’re perfect for traveling!)
Black and Grey Grunge
Channel your inner ’90s garage band grunge, but with a sprinkle of new-age rebellion. A pair of black linen pants with a vintage knotted tee and white sneakers (or go all in with these all-white Chucks) is always a winner in my book.
Accessorize with a baseball cap (this Nike vintage style cap is cute), and an oversized denim jacket, which you can also rock with black leather leggings. This is such a good look to wear to a concert, on a road trip, or to run errands in.
Posh in Stripes
There are endless possibilities when it comes to styling a pair of striped linen pants. You can pull off the Posh Victoria Beckham look with a tailored or pleated linen straight-leg pant, a black bodysuit, and sexy pumps. Or, get a more casual look with this blue linen striped pant and white oversized linen shirt.
Then, add a fun colored tank-top and comfy heels (I love these Sam Edelman heels because there are so many color options.) Complete the look with a mini tote bag and summer jewelry, and then all that’s left is an Instagram photo-op!
Pop of Color
For those of you who do want a winter outfit, here it is. This is an outfit that takes little effort to put together, but the completed look has the “I get dressed by a stylist” vibe.
Bold colors like sunburst yellow, petal pink, or emerald green are the star of the show when planning your linen outfits—and also a perfect reason to wear linen pants in the winter. The rest of your look should be focused on neutral tones that don’t clash with your bold color linen pants.
For a top, grab a simple bodysuit (an item that will never fail when styling linen pants) or an oversized sweater. Or, up your whole outfit game with this Faharty Legend Shirt and a neutral trench coat. Finish off the look with your favorite winter boots. I highly suggest this pair, the 3.5 inch heel is exactly what you need to keep your wide-leg linen pants from dragging in slushy snow.
Which linen pants outfit will you style first? Tell me all about it below!
There’s nothing quite like slipping into a pair of linen pants on a warm, sunny day. Not only are they comfortable and breathable, but they’re also incredibly stylish, making them a must-have wardrobe staple.
They’re versatile enough to be dressed up or down. You can also mix and match them with your favorite tops — don’t be afraid to add your own personal touch!