It looks like linen is finally having its moment – and we couldn’t be happier.
The fabric is one of the most sustainable out there, even more so than organic cotton. This is because it’s made from flax, which is a regenerative crop that enriches soil, and it requires less water too. According to the European Confederation of Flax and Hemp (EFCL), it only takes 6.4 litres of water to produce a linen shirt, whereas it takes 26 to produce one in cotton.
There’s more. Linen garments contain no plastic, which means no microplastics released through washing, and the fabric is longer-lasting than many others – including cotton – so will last in your wardrobe for years.
We could go on. If that isn’t enough to sway you that linen is a great choice, perhaps the plethora of designers who used it in their SS21 collections will. The use of linen jumped 102% on the SS21 runways compared to to SS20, with Fendi, Dior, Louise Vuitton, Jacquemus and Maison Margiela all embracing it for the season.
However it’s actually been on the rise for some time. In a study by the EFCL, it was found that 25 percent more linen was used in 2020 compared to 2019 and this year, we’ve started noticing it in every high street shop.
Mango, H&M, Arket and Zara are just a handful of the brands diving head-first into linen this summer, and while many items offer the minimalist aesthetic, there are plenty that don’t. From colourful, to classic oatmeal, here are our favourite buys.
Linen Blend Dress, £27.99, Zara – buy now
Check Linen Shirt, £80, Uterqüe – buy now
Elastic-Waist Linen Trousers, £55, Arket – buy now
Oatmeal Penne Linen Skirt, £150, Reformation – buy now
Celia Shorts, £169.46, Faithfull The Brand at Net-A-Porter – buy now
100% Linen Jumpsuit, £49.99, Mango – buy now
Dusty Yellow Linen Blend Mini Dress, £40.95, NA-KD – buy now
Lime Linen Top, £90, Uterqüe – buy now
Swiss Embroidery Linen Short, £49.99, Mango – buy now
Basic Linen Shift Dress, £75, LF Markey – buy now
High Waist Linen Shorts, £65, & Other Stories – buy now
Sleeveless Jacket Dress, £34.99, H&M – buy now
Atlanta Off-the-shoulder Shirred Linen Midi Dress, £245, Sleeper at Net-A-Porter – buy now
Stripe Linen Vest, £65, TOAST – buy now
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Linen Shirt, £59.95, Massimo Dutti – buy now
Linen Blend Cut Out Mini Skirt, £65, & Other Stories – buy now
Giorgiana Cutout Linen Midi Dress, £310, STAUD at Net-A-Porter – buy now
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