How To Style High-Waisted Linen Shorts

Happy #fashionwednesday, y’all! I love this week because I threw in TWO fashion posts (yesterday’s was my 50 swimsuits under $50 post – in case ya missed it). Today, I want to talk about one of my favorite pieces of clothing for this summer: linen shorts. In particular, HIGH-WAISTED linen shorts. There are so many perks to this article of clothing, namely:

  1. Breathable in the summer heat (and humidity)
  2. Makes your waist look SO TINY and fabulous
  3. Ultra comfortable to sit in

They are a win-win-win kind of situation. I am obsessed – so I’m going to show you the BEST way to style these fab shorts and two alternative outfits to rock them with, as well! Let’s dive into this.


How To Style High-Waisted Linen Shorts

How To Style High-Waisted Linen Shorts

How To Style High-Waisted Linen Shorts

How To Style High-Waisted Linen Shorts

As stated above – these shorts are literally my lifesaver this summer. I love how easy and breezy they are – they aren’t stuck to my skin, they aren’t super short, they are light and airy. Honestly, they’re the literal perfect short. 

Step One: Find the right top.

I love the way the bodysuit looks with these shorts. The contrast between the super body hugging top and the loose fitting shorts is #fashiongoals, imo. I also like how the top doesn’t in any way take away from the delicate details of these shorts. The shorts have these really adorable pinstripes, a sweet bow detail, a cinched waist – I didn’t want to take away from that AT ALL when it came to pairing a top with it. I do like how the ruffle sleeve detail at the elbow enhances the shorts as opposed to competing with them. It’s all a find balance.

ALTERNATIVE TOP: You could potentially go the other direction with tops when it comes to these shorts. A really loose and flow-y top tucked right in the front of these shorts and then layered with a chambray button would be SO CUTE OMG. I love the idea of this look and I will definitely be pairing the two together over the next few months.

Step Two: Shoes…!

I grabbed my tried and true gold slides from Soft Surroundings and they worked PERFECTLY with this entire outfit. The shorts have a tiny band of gold running through the pinstripes so in combination with the gold statement necklace, it all worked seamlessly together to create the best look. You could also potentially style your hair in a messy pony tail and tie a black and white striped bandana around it for a chic accessory. 

ALTERNATIVE SHOES: If you decided to go with the white top/chambray combination – you could totally pair this look with some plain white sneakers OR some straw wedges, depending on if you want to dress this look up or down. I think the white sneakers would be really fun and easy to walk in, while making the entire look way more casual and wearable for every day.

Step Three: Accessorizing like a champion.

This outfit calls for one of two things: a loud necklace OR loud earrings – but not both. I went sans earrings altogether and just opted for my favorite palm necklace. It’s so versatile and fun (and also was featured in my May Monthly Obsessions – as were those gold slides!). This necklace is only $16 and worth every penny!

ALTERNATIVE ACCESSORIES: If you decide to skip the necklace and go with earrings – these gold dangly beauties are PERFECT for this outfit. They tie that little bit of gold in without stealing the show. I am a big, big fan.

How To Style High-Waisted Linen Shorts

How To Style High-Waisted Linen Shorts

How To Style High-Waisted Linen Shorts


How To Style High-Waisted Linen Shorts

I hope you enjoyed this outfit and learned something new and cool today. I think these shorts are so much fun to play with. They are really easy to style, so comfortable and will flatter SO many different body types. I am really enjoying playing around with them. PLUS: they’re an affordable target find. #winwinwin.

Let me know what you think of this outfit in the comments below!


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Taylor Mobley


  1. Summer | 6th Jun 18

    You look gorgeous, Taylor! I have been on the hunt for a few pairs of shorts like this because I love the look of them and how they contrast with a tight top/bodysuit! I hope I find a few pairs soon. 🙂

  2. Helen | 6th Jun 18

    Pink, black and white is my favorite combo! I love these shorts so much! The vertical stripes are super flattering.

  3. Julia Comil | 6th Jun 18

    This is such a great look for summer! I love how your styled it

  4. Jasmine Vargas | 6th Jun 18

    Like how you styled the striped linen pants with a pink shirt.

  5. Kileen | 7th Jun 18

    These shorts are so cute and I am loving the stripes and tie!

    cute & little

  6. Helen | 7th Jun 18

    That high waisted linen shorts is beautiful. Love that you paired it with the old rose top. Great combination!

  7. Megan Elliott | 7th Jun 18

    This outfit is perfection!! Loving how you styled those shorts babe!

  8. Deborah | 7th Jun 18

    Those shorts are so cute! I love that they’re paper-bag high waist too because that’s a really flattering silhouette on all body types!

  9. Erica @ Coming Up Roses | 7th Jun 18

    OH HI you’re so gorgeous. Also I want those sandals now.

  10. adriana | 7th Jun 18

    What an adorable look! I love the bell sleeve top with these! So perfect for summer!

  11. Denise Kokinis | 11th Jun 18

    Oh my gosh these striped shorts look amazing on you! I love that they’re black, instead of the usual white or blue! They look so good paired with the color in this top! You are always so cute!

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

  12. Whitney | 13th Jun 18

    I just got high waisted shorts from Zara and I cant wait to wear them!! love it!

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