Linen has made a comeback this season, as a sustainable, eco-friendly fabric that can be used in a plethora of ways. From relaxed shirts to ruffled-hemmed skirts via workwear-appropriate suits and feminine blouses, designers have taken the fabric – once relegated to the floaty kaftans of resort wear – and given it a thoroughly contemporary spin.
Of course, the most obvious place to wear linen is on holiday – the high street has plenty of striped jumpsuits and sweet sundresses made for strolling along a beach – but you'll find it works for summer in the city, too.
During the UK's unprecedented heatwave, linen is the easy, breezy answer to your sweltering nightmare commute, and it works in the office, too. Despite its seemingly relaxed aesthetic, linen has been spun into a flurry of pastel two-piece suits, as shown by Hillier Bartley's Parma Violet dream.