And we are so here for it
Your mum probably wore this trend loads on holiday in the late 80s, and I bet you thought it wasn’t very cool, but it’s making a sexy comeback (again) for summer 2019 and I am 100% there for it. In case you hadn’t guessed, I am referring to the linen trend.
Last year it slowly but surely took over my Instagram, with fellow editors and fashion influencers such as Monikh, Hannah Crosskey and Anna Vitiello turning to the natural fabric for a fresh and paired back take on summer dressing (call it maximalist fatigue maybe).
On the catwalk, Rejina Pyo, Alexa Chung and Loewe led the way, giving the once un-cool fabric a sexy twist with clean shapes like pencil skirts and military jackets, and opting for earthy hues of beige and khaki.
Off the catwalk, the high street – Warehouse, Mango and French Connection – have served up sell-out options including a button down-dress and oversized suit. If your budget allows it, look to STAUD, Nanushka and Three Graces for some great investment standout pieces with a vintage twist.
This really is a minimalist trend, so do opt for neutral tones and few accessories – it works especially well with a coin necklace or gold hoop. I like a linen blazer thrown over a silk slip dress, paired with a tan flat sandal and beaded bag. I’m also a big fan of the shorts suit which is the perfect office-appropriate outfit during a heatwave.
If you’re into colour, then there are some great retro tropical prints around, and SS19 also allows for muted pastel hues and colour blocking, which will look great with a tan.
For the holidays, opt for a simple white dress with a basket bag and wedges. Mara Hoffman has some great options in the sale right now. Shop my edit of the best linen buys below.