For such an ideal warm-weather option, linen is all too often overlooked in favour of sleeker, more contemporary fabrics. Although for decades it has been synonymous with shapeless holiday attire, which – quite rightly – gets a bad rep, to not look past these missteps is to do this most wondrous of cloths a disservice. Made from the hollow fibres of the flax plant, linen is both thermoregulating and heat conducive – scientific ways of saying that it keeps the wearer cool and composed. Perhaps most importantly, linen is a highly renewable and sustainable crop – considerations that are hard to ignore given our increasingly volatile climate.
Here, we present three thoroughly modern ways to wear linen through the warmer months.