In the summer you want easy-to-wear, comfortable linen clothes that work with lots of things in your wardrobe and that don’t need lots of special care. Simple, unfussy, hard-wearing items that you can throw on for a trip to the beach or a picnic, or just for pottering around the house. Linen really comes into its own in the warmer summer months. It’s lightweight, cool (it regulates your body temperature so you stay comfortable all day), easy to pack for vacations, easy to care for and looks great on its own or layered on chilly evenings.
If you are looking to add some linen garments to your capsule wardrobe, or need some beautiful linen clothes, linen dresses or linen tunics for an upcoming holiday, here’s our edit of essential things you will love this summer.
Cut from super-soft, drapey pure linen dress will become your go-to summer item. The fresh Aqua colour will work brilliantly with sun-kissed or darker skin, as well as flattering paler tones. The knee-length makes it easy to wear with pumps or sandals for daytime and cross over into evening by simply adding some chunky jewellery and heels. We love the roomy pockets at the front, and the delicate tie detailing at the back.
Flowing yet structured, this sweet linen blouse is perfect for everyday wear in summer. The capped sleeves and interesting neckline lift it above most simple linen tops, and it looks lovely either tucked into shorts or worn over slouchy trousers. The Emily blouse from LinenMe comes in white and indigo. We want both – one for hot days and one for the office or in cooler weather.
Flattering yet comfortable, this gorgeous linen robe is perfect for wearing around the house over a summer nightie, or for wrapping up in after a day outdoors. We love the 3/4 length sleeves that show just the right amount of wrist, and the handy pockets that create a relaxed silhouette. This robe comes in four colourways so you can find one that works best for you.
A linen scarf like this will work hard for you this summer. Pair it with a dress to lift your look from casual to smart, drape over your shoulders for a chilly summer’s evening drinks party, use as a make-shift blanket for an impromptu picnic, or cover up a snoozing baby dreaming in the shade. Linen gets softer with each wash and the crumples add to its charm, so this scarf is very low-maintenance too.
Loungewear doesn’t have to mean shapeless, dowdy old garments that you are embarrassed to answer the door in. These beautifully cut pure linen pyjamas, pictured here in a muted grey, are the ideal combination of style and comfort. Soft, easy to wear yet flattering, the details like the mother of pearl buttons and gently gathered long sleeves make these the ultimate in luxurious homewear. Linen is great for sleeping in too, thanks to its temperature-controlling and moisture-wicking properties, so if you suffer with overheating in the summer these could be your saviour.
If you are curating and maintaining a capsule wardrobe this summer we think these hard-working, super-flattering and luxuriously soft clothes are just what you need. For more on how to care for your linen, this will help. And if you need advice on how to pack for your vacation, go here.