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As far as summer fabrics go, linen is worth its weight in style gold. The irony being, of course, that the flax-derived fibre is heralded for being airy and ultra-breathable.

Crisp, quality linen is always a strong packing list contender if you're off somewhere warm. An oversized shirt layered over a bikini or a cool-girl suit shorts co-ord both pass the holiday vibe check with flying colours, but no summer wardrobe is complete without a pair of flowy, flattering trousers. 

Fashion week guests wearing linen trousers© Getty
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Hello! Fashion shares the best ways to style linen trousers: 

Emilie Joseph wearing striped linen trousers © Getty

With a skirt overlay...

The noughties, Trinny & Susannah-approved layering combo of a dress over trousers is back for SS24. All the edgy Instagram It-girls are doing it, but is it a step too far IRL? This 'skousers' ensemble feels unexpectedly chic, owing to the fluidity of the fabrics. Consider a minimalist, cover-up-style skirt over a classic pinstripe for a sense of offbeat cool.

Caroline Issa wearing linen trousers © Getty

With a ribbed tank and a runway-approved belt...

The white ribbed tank is the laidback summer staple that goes with absolutely everything - from denim cut-offs to timeless mini skirts. But the piece also pairs really well with semi-sheer tailored trousers. A pleat down the centre of each leg gives an air of polish and we adore this measured take on the ubiquitous bow trend in belt form.

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Fashion week guest wearing beige linen trousers© Getty

With a matching waistcoat...

Fresh, summer tailoring is hard to beat, and this waistcoat and trousers moment is a masterclass in warm-weather smart-casual. A light, neutral shade such as biscuit or beige looks categorically luxe, and creates a sense of cohesion from head to toe. For an injection of colour, choose bright, poppy accessories.

Sonia Lyson wearing green linen trousers© Getty

With frill accents...

Wide-leg linen is one of the most versatile summer trouser trends, pairing beautifully with leather flatforms. But for a slightly more romantic, whimsical effect, look out for linen trousers with frill-lined hems. This draws the eye to the ankle, allowing for a chic shoe focal point.

Fashion week guest wearing light brown linen trousers © Getty

With an oversized blazer...

The slouchy, relaxed-fit blazer is a bit of a seasonless hero, but it really comes into its own when the temperature kicks up a notch. Style yours open over a daring crop top with matching baggy, high-waisted linen trousers for guaranteed cool-girl casual.

Aline Kaplan wearing linen trousers © Getty

With a vibrant jacket...

A minimalist white top, tucked into fluid linen trousers is a summer outfit as old as time. But to enliven your look with a hit of colour, a bright jacket is a stellar choice. Consider paying tribute to the hue of the moment - hazy, butter yellow springs to mind for SS24, but this bubblegum blazer adds an element of fun. 

Anna Rosa Vitiello wearing beige linen trousers © Getty

With strapless texture...

For days when the weather dips, a linen layering moment is super easy to put together. A tight-fitting textured focal point works well under straight-fit trousers and a double jacket combo. For a sense of occasion, style with peep-toe mules and timeless shades.