28 Linen Looks To Keep You Cool All Summer Long

Esther Newman

Long relegated to resort-wear and our summer holiday packing, over recent seasons linen has become a mainstay on the runways and in our wardrobes. Like veganism, the secondhand shopping boom, and even fashion's return to the '70s – the period in which the environmental movement took off – linen's return can be credited to an ever more eco-conscious consumer and a wish to return to simplicity (such as woven textures, other raw materials and earthy tones).

On the SS19 runways, Jacquemus, Tibi and Rejina Pyo continued to make the most of the fabric, in the form of flowing, goddess-like gowns and daring uber-mini dresses (Jacquemus), relaxed incarnations of the Bermuda short (Rejina Pyo) and oversized suiting (Tibi). Indie label Kage even dedicated its SS19 lookbook to the fabric, offering textured separates and playful jumpsuits.

Thanks to its lightness and natural breathability, linen is the ideal choice for hot, sticky summer days. The high street is awash not only with holiday-ready sundresses and jumpsuits (check out ASOS and Nasty Gal) but also office-appropriate blouses and suits (& Other Stories and Mango). At the higher end of the scale, our favourite brands for linen pieces are Staud (think prairie girl blouses), Faithfull The Brand (which has garnered a reputation for pretty linen sundresses) and Zimmerman (a Sydney-based brand favoured by Aussie fashion girls like Emily Yates and Olivia Cooke).

While many of us have a linen horror story to tell ("it looked fine on the hanger..."), in 2019 it's time to embrace the creases – they're part of linen's easy, breezy charm. If you're still scared, aim for structured pieces such as blazers, form-fitting tops, dresses that cinch at the waist and pieces with detailing that will distract (like pockets, print and buttons).

Ahead, we've rounded up our favourite linen pieces, from shirred tops to Bardot dresses.

A powder blue linen will make you look cool in the office and feel cool on your stuffy commute.

Mango Linen Blazer Suit, $49.99, available at Mango

A mini, belted playsuit is structured enough to keep creasing to a minimum.

& Other Stories Belted Linen Blend Romper, $69, available at & Other Stories

Button up to look professional and put together; unbutton over a cami and shorts, or even use as a swimsuit cover-up for an easy, holiday look.

Violeta By Mango Structured Linen Jacket, $79.99, available at Mango

Amp up the sweetness of this fitted, puff-sleeve mini dress with kitten heels and a structured bag.

ASOS DESIGN Linen Mini Dress With Puff Sleeves, $30, available at ASOS

Loewe is one of our favourites for SS19 linen. This asymmetric maxi skirt looks extra cool with a graphic T-shirt tucked in; we would also style with our favourite trainers, big gold hoops and a denim jacket for a Sunday brunch.

Loewe Asymmetric Maxi Skirt, $625, available at Farfetch

Embrace linen's roots and go for a natural, earth-tone dress like this one by Rejina Pyo.

Rejina Pyo Michaela Dress Linen Sienna, $575, available at Rejina Pyo

Did you hear? Shirring is back. The pretty, prairie detailing looks great in linen.

Faithfull the Brand Cette Shirred Linen Mini Dress, $210, available at Net-A-Porter

Add a sunny pop of marigold to your summer wardrobe with a linen camisole; it looks great with other key SS19 trends: white denim, lightweight knitwear and animal print.

Topshop Yellow Button Wrap Camisole with Linen, $19, available at Topshop

Add a pair of straight-leg linen trousers to your shopping bag, stat. We promise that as soon as summer's heat hits, you'll thank us.

Violeta By Mango Straight Linen-Blend Trousers, $59.99, available at Mango

Nineties spaghetti straps? A square neckline? Shirring? A peplum hem? Sign us up to this linen beauty by indie brand Kage.

Kage Sofae Dress, $244.17, available at Kage

This button-up, belted nude linen dress by Mango offers a retro '50s silhouette (ideal if you've just binged Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel).

Mango Buttoned Linen-Blend Dress, $59.99, available at Mango

This is one way to stand out in a sea of black, navy blue and grey as you battle through the rush hour crowds.

Whistles Linen Double Breasted Blazer, $111.2, available at Whistles

Whistles Linen Crop Wide Leg, $79.2, available at Whistles

Wide-leg white linen trousers are a summer season must. Pair with your bikini top for poolside drinks, a sexy cami for date night and a blouse and blazer combination for the office.

Jacquemus Ligurie Wide-Leg Linen Trousers, $415, available at MatchesFashion.com

Not only is this ASOS number a great holiday buy, it also comes with pockets – win win!

ASOS DESIGN Curve Square Neck Linen Mini Sundress With Wooden Buckle, $22, available at ASOS

Pair with other pastel hues for another of our favourite SS19 trends.

ASOS DESIGN Linen Wide Leg With Contrast Button, $28, available at ASOS

Bermuda shorts are everywhere this season. They're more structured than a maxi skirt, offer more comfort than trousers or jeans on a hot day, and can double up at the beach.

Rejina Pyo Renee Striped Cotton And Linen-Blend Shorts, $290, available at Net-A-Porter

An oversized blazer is a staple item in any woman's wardrobe. Update the look in linen for a more casual, summer look (we all know that the office dress code tends to slip a little as the temperature rises).

& Other Stories Double Breasted Linen Blend Blazer, $79, available at & Other Stories

This Jacquemus dress is proof that linen can be sexy and grown-up.

Jacquemus Bambino Halterneck Linen Midi Dress, $460, available at MatchesFashion.com

For that family barbecue you have coming up – style with simple leather sandals and a straw boater (just watch out for grass stains and rogue ketchup).

Staud Maya Tie-Front Linen-Blend Maxi Dress, $270, available at Net-A-Porter

We'll be styling this pretty, '90s-style linen blouse as seen here: with our favourite slinky maxi skirt and the chunkiest sandals we can find.

Warehouse Linen Mix Square Neck Top, $29, available at Warehouse

Sometimes the simplest pieces are the best.

Marina Rinaldi Pure Linen Jacket, $296, available at Marina Rinaldi

Going on holiday and worried about your luggage allowance? A linen jumpsuit is great because you not only have an outfit in one, you can also double it up as trousers when teamed with blouses/cardigans.

Faithfull the Brand Sainte Marie Shirred Linen Jumpsuit, $220, available at Net-A-Porter

Summer is the time for The Little White Dress. Wear with woven, raffia accessories, as seen here.

Violeta By Mango Decorative Strap Dress, $69.99, available at Mango

Who doesn't want a Barbie pink suit for the dullest of days?

& Other Stories Belted Linen Blend Bermuda Shorts, $69, available at & Other Stories

All hail the holy grail clothing item: dresses with pockets.

Warehouse Linen Midi Cami Dress, $45, available at Warehouse

A shirt dress can either be buttoned up, as seen here, or unbuttoned and worn as a swim cover-up.

Marina Rinaldi Pure Linen Shirt Dress, $230, available at Marina Rinaldi

Because we're still loving SS19's puff-sleeve trend. Wear with lace-up sandals and layered gold jewellery for a destination or beach wedding.

Zara Linen Wrap Dress, $29.99, available at Zara

If you've got a little more money to splurge on your summer wardrobe, we recommend Theory's linen edit which features great staple pieces like this shirt - it's cut like a man's shirt for a slightly more relaxed, oversized look.

Theory Pure Linen Classic Menswear Shirt, $275, available at Theory

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