Summer is well and truly here! A season devoted to soaking up the sun, weekends by the pool or at the beach and most importantly playful summer outfits. But the key to making summertime dressing easy is – function and comfort. If you’re looking for an easy way to stay cool and chic this summer, then linen is the answer. We all know that linen is scientifically proven to be the coolest fabric, but can it also be versatile enough to wear all summer long? Short answer – yes! It’s time to wake up your wardrobe, so let’s delve into how you can live luxe in linen, whatever the occasion.
SHORT AND SWEET
Mini dresses are known to be one of the more breezy options for summer, and by opting for a linen mini, you won’t even feel that heat wave that everyone’s talking about! Dare to be different, and add a little pattern into the mix. Featuring Seed Heritage‘s perfect chocolate polka dot mini dress, an essential piece for balmy climates and the ideal number for your summer holiday. Boasting a square neckline and a statement puff sleeve to balance the length, it’s easy to throw-on-and-go for a day at the beach or a weekend brunch! We have styled it for a casual lunch with fresh accents, a Sheike phone pouch and matching sandals from Seed Heritage. The perfect ‘effortless’ look, that actually is!
IT’S A MATCH
Have you ever struggled with a case of “I have nothing to wear!” five minutes before leaving home? Us too. Save the stress, and invest in a few matching sets this summer. A matching set is not only effortlessly simple to put together but also incredibly versatile, as you can wear each item separately – pair the top with denim shorts or the bottoms with a crisp cotton tee. A matching set gets the ‘girl math’ tick of approval. Seed Heritage‘s white linen set is one of our top picks of the season – elevated and versatile. The backless halter vest has a structured yet comfortable shape, with a large statement button that effortlessly elevates the outfit. The matching tailored linen pants offer endless outfitting options, taking you through many summers to come. Both pieces are crafted from premium French linen and are perfect for your summer capsule wardrobe. Paired with bold black accents, a Nine West leather bucket bag and chunky slide, and Pigeonhole black cat-eye sunnies for a chic look.
We’ve all heard of the little black dress (LBD), but have you heard of the Long Linen Dress (LLD)? Similar to the LBD, the long linen dress is intended to be long-lasting, versatile, and the perfect ‘no thinking required’ outfit that makes you feel like a page from a magazine. Everyone knows Dissh are the masters of linen, so it’s no surprise that this gorgeous linen dress is from the linen lovers themselves. The Catania dress pictured is one of our favourites from their new collection .The gathered pleats and drop waist feature give it the perfect modern edge, whilst the linen fabrication exudes effortlessness. Paired with Nine West‘s chunky black slides, a crocheted bag from Sheike and our favourite cat-eye sunnies from Pigeonhole, this look is our casual go-to for the weekend.
Balmy summer nights are upon us, and the dress code is linen! This gorgeous black midi dress from Dissh seamlessly transitions from day to night! Its elegant silhouette and low back details show off just the right amount of skin whilst still being chic and comfortable. Balance the all-black moment with a pop of white, a Nine West mid-height heel, and a Seed Heritage pleated barrel bag. Finish off the outfit with a minimal pearl earring from Pigeonhole, and this outfit will make you look incredible whilst still keeping you cool.
FOR THE GENTLEMEN
Gentlemen, hop on board the linen trend; it’s easier than you think! Stick with the basics: a light blue long-sleeve button-up paired with navy mid-length linen pants from M.J. Bale. These two items are versatile and comfortable, essentials in every capsule wardrobe. Pair them with a leather sneaker from Aquila for an elevated casual look or a sandal for a beach day. From here, it’s easy to start building your refreshed summer wardrobe. For example, opt for a pair of beige shorts and pair them with the blue button-up, or invest in a white linen button-up and pair it with the navy pants or the beige shorts. Versatility is endless! These styles can be worn separately with a lightweight knit or denim or together as a complete linen outfit. Remember, mix and match your linen pieces, and you will look fresh and ready all summer long.
Now you know the ins and outs of linen; it’s easy breezy from here! The key to mastering linen is to not overthink it. Linen is a timeless and long-wearing fabric that comes as a blessing each year when the warm weather takes us by surprise. Each outfit can be interchangeable with different accessories to seamlessly go from weekday to weekend or from lunch to date night. What’s even better, linen is low-maintenance, so don’t worry if your ‘fit has a few creases! Staying cool in summer without A/C? Now that’s cool.
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