It's official: The fashion world is losing it over linen this summer. Be it a midi dress or shorts, structured blazer or a button-up skirt, there are very few wardrobe staples that this fabric hasn't had its way with. Historically, my main issue with linen is that it can look a bit, well, earthy. Its textural finish paired with a slouchy silhouette can end up resulting in "Gwyneth Paltrow at a yoga retreat" vibes. And while this isn't necessarily a bad thing (in fact, it's very useful for holidays), if you want something city-ready to wear for both remote working and the occasional trip out for coffee, it's not so useful. Enter the linen suit.
First thing's first: The 2020 linen suit comes in many iterations. Naturally, there's plenty of polished two-pieces that wouldn't look out of place in an office, but what I've loved is how some influencers have incorporated mis-matched linen blazers and trousers to give a more eclectic finish. You can basically make it as pulled-together or as laid back as you like.
Most of the designs this season come in beige and cream hues, which are classic enough to look good for many seasons to come. However, if you're looking for a little more personality, you will also find brighter shades from the likes of Joseph and ASOS. Personally, I'll be wearing my suit with a white tee and Birkenstocks for a Zoom-ready smart-casual look, but I can also imagine Joseph's lilac-coloured get-up looking fab with a chunky chain and heels for a 20201 wedding. Scroll down to see and shop the best linen suits available to buy now.