It seemed as though summer 2020 was all about basics, whether it was the perfect tracksuit, the ultimate white tee or the most versatile throw-on dress. This adoration for all things classic also brought about a renewed love for shorts, specifically linen shorts, and the obsession has well and truly continued into 2021. Holidays might be a little uncertain this year, but this comfortable wardrobe hero is sure to instantly transport you to those sun-drenched beaches, wherever you are.
With its breathable and light texture, linen is exactly the sort of fabric you want to be wearing when the temperature rises and you need something to carry you from sofa to desk to supermarket with ease. Typically, this is a style that comes in neutrals, such as white, beige and black, and while there are plenty of these low-key buys about this year, there is also a good selection of bright colours and feel-good prints for those who want them.
When it comes to styling, I recommend sticking to simple separates. A linen shirt will also make for a fun pairing, as will a boxy tee or a tank top. More tailored iterations will also lend themselves to more polished blouses or blazers for when you crave a smarter finish. Ready to go? Scroll down to shop what is sure to be summer 2021's hardest-working staple.