Regular readers may recall that I’m a huge fan of linen. It’s a durable, breathable fabric that’s comfortable in a range of temperatures and is often travel-friendly. (It’s lighter and dries more quickly than cotton.) Linen is also a less resource-intensive crop than cotton, requiring less water and fewer pesticides.
During our visit to Paris in 2019, we had our first experience with a canicule (extreme heat wave). I’d packed an Eileen Fisher linen tunic shirt (similar), and was able to find a pair of navy linen trousers (middle image above) as well as a couple of linen tees in Paris. They were the only clothes that were comfortable enough for venturing out in temperatures that ranged in the mid-90’s F. (Yes, there were some creases by the end of the day, but it was a small price to pay.)
I’m finding a nice selection of women’s linen clothing this season. Good linen styles do tend to sell out as the weather warms up, so I pounce when I see something I like.
I call this the “Easy White Shirt,” and it’s been one of my wardrobe staples for years. (Plus). I’ve worn mine as above, and open as a lightweight topper over a tank top. I’m not bothered by the (inevitable) creasing as it’s the nature of linen. But you can also try “broomsticking” to make any creasing look more intentional.
This easy popover is available in a few colors, but I like the stripes the best…
If creases are a dealbreaker, you might find linen knits a more workable option. All of the breathability of linen, less wrinkling…
Casual cool in black and white stripes…
I just received this linen tee in Navy (as part of my ongoing Instagram collaboration with Chico’s) and really like it! Enough so that I’m going to order it in more colors. It’s opaque and relaxed but not oversized. Sizes 00/(0-2) to 4/(20-22). I sized down to the 00 and am happy with the fit. There’s also a navy striped version.
Looking for something with long sleeves? This striped linen tee also has a nice shoulder button detail.
Leave it to Ralph Lauren to come up with a plaid this gorgeous…
I’ve been getting a few requests for dresses to wear for special occasions. Here’s a simple linen-blend dress that could go from day to evening. The cutout detail on the sleeves makes it feel more special. Sizes 000-4 / (0-22)
I’m usually not the world’s biggest fan of tie-dye, but this one is pretty.
I bought a similar pair of these linen lantern pants last year, and found I wore them quite often during the warmer months. I love the shape, and they’re just so darn comfortable in the heat! In Misses/Plus and Petite sizes, also in Coriander (green). Beige here. If the lantern shape doesn’t appeal to you, there’s also a straight leg style.
Are you a fan of linen? What styles do you wear most often?