Famed for it’s ability to crease so easily, linen sometimes gets a bad press but it’s actually lightweight, 100% natural and breathable making it perfect for summer. Granted, as someone who loathes ironing (I ‘strategically hang’ clothes), linen has not always been my first choice, but my love of off whites, various shades of beige and creams this season has drawn me to the fabric like a fashionable moth to a flame.
The trick to wearing linen is to balance it with more fitted items or choose pieces that boast little details to give this loose fabric structure. Given the loose nature of linen, you can risk drowning your shape if you pile on too much in the wrong cut. However, head to toe linen is achievable as I like to think I’ve proven with my new Primark suit. The belted paperbag waist nips me in (at my non-existent waist) and rolled up fitted sleeves prevent this two piece from making me look like Tom Hanks’ character in BIG (my favourite oversize suit reference) – so the devil is in the detail. This is indeed my first suit (believe it or not) but if I’m honest, while I love it more than I expected to the likelihood is I will probably get more wear out of it as separates than together.
If you are keen to try the linen trend my advice would be to go the simplest way into it with a blazer and jeans. If you’ve followed me for some time you will know I am a big advocate of the blazer. A linen version is a great way of easing yourself into smart summer styling and it looks effortless when worn over a classic t-shirt.
My other tip would be to go for natural shades of beige, stone, ecru and white. A neutral colour can be integrated into your wardrobe easily and when paired with a classic palette it gives a luxe finish.
As always, I’ve styled up four different ways to wear the trend from the High Street that I hope you will find useful and might help sway you over to the linen side…
A linen blazer softens an outfit without compromising it. The pinstripe on this jacket will elongate your frame as well as smartening up your look in a heartbeat.
Perfect for warmer days, this linen dress with oversized eyelets can be dressed up or down. I’ve teamed it with a simple pair of sandals and a denim jacket for a relaxed look.
Proof that linen can work with for the office, simply pair a loose jogger style pair of trousers with a classic shirt and blazer and you’re good to go.
The ultimate weekend outfit, a linen jumpsuit will not only be comfortable, the loose fit of it means it’ll skim over any lumps or bumps you’d rather not display.
This post was not sponsored. All thoughts, writing and opinions are my own.