If You Buy Anything This Summer, Make It This Simple 2-Part Outfit

If dreaming of sunny weather has been distracting you from your Who What Wear reading lately, this one sentence should bring you up to speed: The fashion world always loses it over linen. From breezy dresses to chic trousers, linen fabrications are cropping up in every product category. However, if there's a piece that's proving incredibly popular, especially on our Instagram, it's the linen shorts set.

A move-on from traditional suiting, linen shorts sets are summer's answer to co-ords. Breathable and versatile, they're a dab hand in a heatwave but also bring polish to your seasonal outfit rotation. I love how my favourite influencers are styling theirs each summer, whether over swimwear or jersey basics and paired with trainers or sandals. Fashion types are donning their linen shorts sets in myriad ways, the best of which I've outlined for you below. You're welcome.

Many of the designs boast beige and cream hues, which are classic enough to look good for future seasons. However, if you're looking for a little more personality, you will also find brighter shades at Asceno

Scroll on to see my picks of the best linen shorts sets. Then, once you've found your perfect duo, why not head on over to see the summer sandals that'll look perfect with them? That's the definition of summer styling made so easy.



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Carmel shows how fresh white looks with a pop of red.


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Naturally, your linen shorts set will also act as the perfect beach cover-up. 


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Aïda Badji Sané gives her linen shorts suit a cool spin by tucking the shirt into the shorts.


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Tick off all of summer's top trends in one with a linen shorts set, a basket bag and "ugly" sandals. 


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Look for sunny hues of yellow and orange to give your wardrobe a jolly spin. 


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You can't go wrong with stripes!


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Don't be afraid to mix and match hues.


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Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over thirteen years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content specifically for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, leads the editorial team in their SEO strategy and keyword planning, works closely with the beauty team on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media, including her own Who What Wear UK TikTok franchise, French Style Fridays. Previously, Maxine appeared on ITV's This Morning in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship at Look magazine, she was offered a position on the brand's fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. Her passion and natural talent for writing and styling meant she swiftly rose through the ranks to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as InStyle.co.uk’s fashion and beauty writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief, overseeing both print and digital, before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others.

Maxine is based remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh where she spends her downtime renovating her house, walking her dogs, hosting friends and trying to master the art of making Old Fashioned cocktails.