In my experience, linen is one of those fabrics that gets a bad rap. My theory is that there are a lot of people who hate ironing (I mean, fair enough), and as a result, don't understand just how chic it can be. Other than its propensity to crease easily, I also think it's often associated with a kind of old-fashioned or dated hippie style, so people fear it might age them. I can see why: Flowing, shapeless outfits hardly make you feel streamlined and polished. But the latest linen trend I've spotted on the high street couldn't be further from that.
Right now, there are three stores leading the way when it comes to linen: Zara, Arket and Marks & Spencer. The good news is that each one has its own style. If you're looking for summer-ready items that won't look out of place on a night out or on the beach, then Zara is where to go. But if you're after tailored items and co-ords then it's Arket you want to go to (the purple matching set is on my list). As for M&S, this is where you want to go for dresses and basics. So keep scrolling for the best linen pieces you'll find this summer.
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This piece was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.