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The perfect summer trousers – cropped linen trousers from F&F

Tescos linen trousers

I think I have actually found the perfect pair of summer trousers! They’re a beautiful soft linen, cut off at the right point, and have a good stripe!…


linen cropped trousers

This outfit was actually planned for a beach day whilst away on a camper van road trip around Devon. However, true to form, the British summer didn’t oblige and we woke up near Salcombe to high cold winds and a grey cloudy sky. So instead we went inland and found this gorgeous woodland with the river Plym running through, and in this sheltered spot we decided to take the photos for this blog post. (It was a lovely place, but you have to admit, this outfit would’ve been perfect for the sand between your toes and a blue sea and sky background! – Oh well!)

Tescos linen trousers

styling summer trousers

I’ve called these my perfect summer trousers for these reasons:

  1. They are made of a linen viscose mix – they look and feel like linen, but are softer and crease a bit less.
  2. They are cropped, but at the right place for my height. Cropped trousers often look awful on me and make my legs look even shorter and stumpier than they are, but these finish at a length that flatter my ankles, so that’s nice.
  3. And therefore they are perfect to wear with my favourite chunky sandals.
  4. They are a pale summer colour, but aren’t white. Bright white doesn’t suit me anyway, but white trousers? They just aren’t me at all. These have the ideal mustard yellow shade for the stripe, and also a narrow grey stripe, and in-between it’s more of an off-white. Perfect.
  5. The linen trousers have a high-ish elasticated waist at the back, so nice and comfortable to wear; but is flat at the front, so you don’t get the unflattering gathers over your stomach. It’s a really good design.
  6. They are from F&F at Tesco, or Next online, so are good ‘affordable’ value.
  7. For once, the pattern cutters at F&F have got the sizing right. My usual size fitted, but I went one up to be a bit baggier around my big thighs. (See my rant about cheap plus-size clothing in my last F&F fashion blog post!)

styling linen cropped trousers

Styling cropped linen trousers

I’m not usually happy wearing trousers with short tops, so I styled these with a skin-coloured vest underneath, and an off-white thin knitted long top from Joe Browns. It’s nigh on impossible to find nice-looking winter trousers with a comfy elasticated waist (god – how old even am I?) so I look forward to being able to wear my longer tunic tops with summer trousers, as they never look quite right with skirts.

Joe Browns lace tunic top

This lacy top is so gorgeous and delicate; I absolutely love it and know I’ll be wearing it a lot this summer.

Styling linen pants

And yes, as you were probably wondering – I definitely did do the Dirty Dancing dance on this fallen tree!

Shop the look: (White lace top similar from New Look; cropped linen trousers the same.)

cropped trousers


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