It’s official… LINEN IS IN!
Over the past month, I can’t believe how much linen I’ve seen in stores. And I’m not just talking about the classic linen shirts and cropped pants you see in the likes of Sportscraft. It is seriously everywhere.
From cute little vintage inspired dresses in Glassons, to high waisted wide leg pants in Forever New, linen is the new black.
I like linen, but have probably never really worn it much before because it’s mostly been available is classic styles, not so much ‘on trend’ pieces. Well let me tell you, linen is definitely on trend this season and here are some of my key pieces that I think you’ll love too.
And don’t forget linen in DESIGNED TO CREASE! Don’t worry about it, embrace the crease I say.
NOTE: not every style is 100% linen, but has a linen component and look
These are seriously gorgeous (and rather inspired by Zimmermann) Sitting nicely on the waist and with a lovely lace down detail, you can keep everything else simple. Remember when any pant or skirt has a detail at the waist like these, you’re always best to wear tops tucked in. I can see these pants not only dressed up with a silky cami and heels, but casually with a white tee and sneakers.
For those of you looking for something more causal, you can’t go past a good striped drawstring pant. Wear them cuffed to expose your ankles with sneakers or sandals, remembering that this is more flattering for most people than sitting on the shoe.
For me I probably prefer a little more structure to my linen, and a linen blazer is a great investment. Often linen blazers are unlined, meaning they’re more lightweight in the summer months They also look a bit more causal because the of the natural creasing, so are great for weekends over t-shirts and jeans as well as over a summer work dress.
This is such a great skirt in both style and length. The front buttons give it a modern feel but also allows you to work in some great tan accessories. If white on the lower half is not for you, it also comes in a light khaki. Whilst some of you might look at this skirt and think it’s going to accentuate the stomach with the tie and buttons, you’re wrong. It will actually camouflage the tummy and as long as you wear it on your waist (not hips) it will be flattering.
How gorgeous and feminine is this top? The colour is just lovely, pairing back with white, cream, navy or denim. The cross over style is great for big busts and the waist belt will help to create shape. This is NOT a top to tuck in, so works best over flat fronted pants and skirts.
This is definitely a very wearable style and I love the vintage inspired look and fabric (also available in a soft raspberry) Throw on some wedges or espadrilles, a wide brimmed hat, a cropped denim jacket if it gets chilly and its the perfect daytime dress for a day out at winery, a ladies afternoon tea or Christmas Day.
If you really want to make a statement this summer, try a bright denim onesie! If you want to be a bit more subtle, it also comes in black. Wear casually with sneakers or upstyle with a wedge or platform shoe and layer some statement bangles and necklaces. The jumpsuit can be worn without the belt (as styled on the website) but my advice is that for most of us, the belt is a must add.
Another classic style that many of my clients love for weekends. With additional stretch, this pant is super comfy and is a great alternative for those of you who prefer to cover your legs (rather than wear shorts) If you find the tie belt too fussy, you can remove it for a cleaner look.
The classic linen shirt from Sportscraft, a wardrobe staple if you like tailored linen. This comes in a variety of colours and its always a good go-to with denim. Roll up the sleeves for a more causal look, team under a blazer for a dressier look. The curved hem of these shirts is very flattering.
For a softer version of the linen shirt, Witchery have these organic fabric options in a variety of colours. You can wear untucked or if you want to create a bit more shape, do the half tuck as pictured.
For something fun and feminine, this blouse is super cute. Remember that when something comes with it’s own waist belt, ensure you wear it on YOUR waist, not necessarily where the loops are. Your natural waist might be higher or lower. You can easily find this out by removing the belt and tying it at your waist, and see if the belt loops are higher or lower. If so, simple cut off the loops and wear the belt on your natural waist.
Another wearable (and possibly more sun smart) dress option, this one from Glassons. Change up the belt to add some contrast and match your shoes or belt (not both) As pictured, a leopard print belt or shoe would work really well with this colour.
The sister to the classic linen shirt, the classic linen shirt dress. This really never goes out of fashion. For petites, you may need to shorten this style. It will work best sitting on the knee. You can change up the best by adding your own tan woven style.
OMG. LOVE THIS! But not sure how it would translate to the regular punter (i.e. not a tall model) But we can all admire yes?
Scanlan Theodore linen check culotte $400
Great style if you’re looking for something more office appropriate. Throw on some heels, tuck in a crisp white shirt for a summer corporate look.
If you can keep white white, go for it. This longline blazer is another great option for corporates to soften a traditional work dress or pants. Equally, wear with jeans and sneakers on the weekend (and don’t rest your elbows on the table!)
Lee Mathews Linen Culotte $399
These won’t be everyone’s cup of tea (after all, how boring would it be if we all dressed the same?) but I love the white stitching details around the fly, pockets and cuffs and the balance of the wide leg and high rise. I may like them so much I purchased them 😉 Stay tuned for an appearance on Instagram.