7 Chic Ways Fashion People Are Wearing Linen Trousers This Summer

No one wants FOMO, be it for a night out, a festival, a gig or an item of clothing, and I can’t help but feel that I’ve been missing out on linen trousers for so many of my summers. The thing is, my steamer is my best friend, I use it daily, and I take it on every single trip (even travelling around South East Asia). I steam everything before I wear it to keep the creases at bay. So the idea of linen trousers that crease easily freaks me out. That was until I saw so many of my favourite influencers wearing a pair, and I soon realised embracing creases is all part of the laid-back summer vibe.

The fact is, you can invest in a pair of linen-mix trousers that won't crease as much as their pure-linen counterparts. And while I always think of these particular trousers as being semi see-through white pairs, there are so many more options, including black and pastel shades, so this might be the summer that I finally commit to the linen trouser trend. Considering I've never worn any, I'm relying on Instagram to give me some tips on how they look best. So whether you style them with a swimsuit, bandeau top, matching shirt or going-out top, these are six ways to style linen trousers that I'm considering this summer. I can't wait to try them all out (creases and all).

1. Linen Trousers + Swimsuit


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Styles Notes: As a self-proclaimed "coastal grandma," Abisola knows how to make linen trousers work on holiday. As an alternative cover-up, pop on a pair over a swimsuit to make your swimwear work beyond the beach.

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2. Linen Trousers + A Colour Pop Top


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Style Notes: Monikh is the queen of laid-back summer looks, and this proves why. Making linen trousers a statement with a bold top, the Who What Wear contributor keeps it relaxed with a carry-everything basket bag and chunky, flat sandals.

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3. Linen Trousers + Waistcoat


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Style Notes: One of the breakthrough styles of recent seasons has been waistcoats. Through autumn, winter and spring we've styled them in various layered ways. Now for summer, pair your reliable waistcoat with light linen trousers and a sandal for a put-together take on relaxed linen. For extra impact, look for a striped trouser.

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4. Linen Trousers + Co-Ord Top


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Style Notes: There's truly nothing easier than a co-ord. A ready-made pairing that can be worn as a two piece or separated for endless styling options. Keep it super chic like Amaka did by going for a monochrome ensemble with black accessories.

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5. Linen Trousers + Linen Shirt


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Styles Notes: What's better than an outfit featuring linen? And entirely linen outfit! We frequently praise the versatility of a linen shirt, and what better to pair them with than comfortable linen trousers.

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6. Linen Trousers + Bandeau


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Style Notes: We all know sun isn't guaranteed for summer in the UK, but on those occasional sunny days, why not go sleeveless and add a bandeau to your linen trouser look? We especially love this longer version that Hannah wears.

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7. Linen Trousers + Tank Top


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Style Notes: By now, it should be clear that styling linen trousers is all about ease. Whether you're opting for a plain pair, or playful stripes, a tank top is a great companion.

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Freelance Fashion Editor

Harriet Davey is a freelance fashion editor who has been part of Who What Wear's extended team since 2017. She previously worked in print at Look magazine and has since worked across print, digital and social for many other titles, including British Vogue, Stylist, Grazia, Refinery29 and Marie Claire. Also a stylist, Harriet has had the pleasure of producing cover shoots and editorials along with commercial shoots for brands including Boux Avenue, Watches of Switzerland, Benefit Cosmetics and Revolution. To add to this, Harriet also works in live TV styling for ITV’s This Morning. Back to Who What Wear. With hundreds of published stories on site, Harriet knows what the WWW reader wants. Keeping up to date with the latest It buys and runway trends, she can guarantee to keep you one step ahead of the most stylish people. When not writing or styling, Harriet loves to go shopping (yes, more fashion). If she’s not in a local Hackney bar or restaurant, you can find her forever searching for her next holiday destination.