I’m a Stylist—5 Ways I’m Wearing My Linen Trousers Now and Into Autumn

I'm a Stylist—5 Ways I'm Wearing My Linen Trousers Now and Into Autumn

If there’s one wardrobe item that I rely on most heavily once summer arrives, it’s my linen trousers. As a non-dress person, I just find nothing else in my closet really hits the spot in the same way. They’re breezy, effortless, polished and cool (Gen Z told me so). As soon as the mercury starts to rise, I pull my favourite pairs out of hibernation and start wearing them on regular rotation again, even all the way through autumn. They obviously work so well on holidays, and I particularly love them for how versatile they are—they look just as good on the beach or poolside as they do dressed up in the evening, making it much easier for me to stick to my luggage restrictions. But I don’t reserve my favourite trousers for just a few weeks of the year—I also wear linen pants on relaxed summer weekends in London either running errands or popping to meet my friends in the pub; and when the weather starts to get cooler I layer them with a blazer or knit and trainers or loafers for the office. 

I admit, I have a few pairs of linen trousers, including Arket’s drawstring style (that I often wear as a co-ord), M&S’s tailored style and H&M’s joggers (which make for the perfect plane or travel trousers). But there’s one pair in particular that I reach for the most, and that’s my white Reformation Olina pants. They’re a little more expensive than my other high street versions, but the quality of the linen is so beautiful. I love the slouchy-ness of the shape with the adjustable drawstring waist that you can wear high waisted or low slung, but they also have a crispness to them which helps when dressing them up. 

As a stylist who loves a capsule wardrobe, I love it when you can play around with one item and style it in so many different ways, which is probably why I love these Reformation linen trousers so much. There are countless variations in which I wear them, but if you keep scrolling you’ll find my five favourite outfits that I’m wearing on repeat right now, and will be until October’s chill prizes them off me. Hopefully, they provide you with inspiration to shop your existing wardrobe (as most pieces are basics you probably already own), and I’ve also added links to the shoppable products below, too—just in case. 

Linen can often feel like quite a relaxed fabric, so to balance this out I always love pairing my trousers with a matching linen shirt. The co-ordination instantly pulls the look together, and it works whether you’re wandering around a European city, having lunch on the beach or meeting friends at home. 

Blue and white is a time old colour combination that always feels really fresh for summer, making a classic denim jacket the perfect addition to these trousers. Here, I’ve thrown it over a black tank top, which I must say is my most worn item with these trousers. Arket’s raffia crossbody completes this easy but chic look that’s perfect for running errands and a relaxed brunch on spring and summer weekends. 

Whether it’s a date night or just some well-earned drinks with the girls, this is the time to show off how effortless it is to dress up a pair of white linen trousers. I find a simple bandeau silhouette balances out the loose leg of the pants perfectly, and I can’t get enough of this elevated green style from a Reformation set I invested in recently. I’ve added a statement earring and my favourite new barbie-approved strappy Mango heels, with a top-handle rafia bag which is dressy, but still in line with the “natural” look of the trousers. 

While white linen trousers are eternally chic, there’s always the worry that the inevitable creases will make you feel a little unkempt. One of the ways I combat this is wearing them with polished silky fabrics like this Matteau shirt. It’s still airy and super relaxed but it gives a refined air to the whole outfit. Although I would wear this outfit to both the office and locally during high summer, it’s the kind of look I see being perfect for a long, holiday lunch (or dinner), and I’d switch the tank for a Hunza G swimsuit if I was heading straight to the beach afterwards. 

I’m loving the waistcoat trend at the moment, and wearing one with nothing underneath is a great, smarter alternative to wearing a basic tank top in summer. The monochrome palette, gold earrings and heeled sandals also keep this look work appropriate. Add in Anthropologie’s expensive-looking woven shoulder bag, and you’re all set. In the next few weeks I plan on adding a trench coat over the top and I’ll switch my sandals for Sambas on rainy days. 

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