Casual Or Dressy: Linen Shorts Are Perfect For Summer

Fun fact: linen is made from flax. The process of growing flax uses very little water and is more carbon-neutral than the process of growing cotton. Plus, it’s perfectly cool and comfortable for summertime—which is why we adore this fiber. Linen shorts, in particular, hold a timeless quality, they never go out of style, and are a staple for the warmer months.

They remind us of movies like The English Patient, exuding a sense of adventure and a feeling that anything is possible, especially when the thermostat has reached above 85 degrees. Linen shorts can be dressed up or dressed down and are always comfortable.

Below are five brands making these staples ethically, sustainably, and with the earth in mind.

1. Indigo Short by The Wylde, $140 AUD | These gorgeous linen shorts are made with 100% linen and plant dyed with honey and mango leaf in a small family-run factory in Bali. The Wylde is committed to manufacturing with the use of earth-friendly practices and ethical production methods.

2. Alberello Shorts by Sézane, $135 | Sézane is committed to not only a give-back model, but add in their Environmental Sustainability Program, and everything they do is rooted in creating conscious fashion. These floral patchwork shorts are ultra-timeless, a sweet nod to time gone by and are made from low-impact fabric.

3. Theodore Short by Reformation, $128 | Made from 100% breathable linen in Reformation’s Los Angeles-based factory, these lightweight shorts are the perfect staple for the summer. We love the high rise waist and paperbag style, making these shorts the ultimate in easy summer style.

4. Valentina Shorts by Whimsy & Row, $88 | We love Whimsey & Row’s sustainable Los Angeles-made closet staples. These shorts are the perfect day-to-night summer pants for an evening looking at the starts on the beach.

5. Ducky Short by Posse, $116 | We love the draping silhouettes of this ethically handmade clothing collection. Posse’s clothes are made by mostly craftswomen in Bali who have the flexibility to work from home to be with their children.


Courtney Jay Higgins is the Associate Editor at The Good Trade. She is also a Yoga Instructor, vegetarian, wellness and fashion enthusiast. Originally from Colorado, her soul found California when she came to get her degree in Visual Communications at the Fashion Institute Of Design & Merchandising. She has a background in telling a story through writing, creative direction and content creation. Check out her blog and Instagram for her unique perspective on the mergence of fashion and spirituality.