Long relegated to resort-wear and our summer holiday packing, over recent seasons linen has become a mainstay on the catwalks and in our wardrobes. Like veganism, the secondhand shopping boom, and even fashion's return to the '70s – the period in which the environmental movement took off – linen's return can be credited to an ever more eco-conscious consumer and a wish to return to simplicity (such as woven textures, other raw materials and earthy tones).
Thanks to its lightness and natural breathability, linen is the ideal choice for hot, sticky summer days. The high street is awash not only with staycation-ready sundresses and jumpsuits but also home office-appropriate blouses and trousers. At the higher end of the scale, our favourite brands for linen pieces are Staud (think prairie girl blouses), Faithfull The Brand (which has garnered a reputation for pretty linen sundresses) and Zimmerman (a Sydney-based brand favoured by Aussie fashion girls like Emily Yates and Olivia Cooke).
While many of us have a linen horror story to tell ("it looked fine on the hanger..."), in 2021 it's time to embrace the creases – they're part of linen's easy, breezy charm. Ahead, we've rounded up our favourite linen pieces, from shirred tops to Bardot dresses that will keep you cool as temperatures start to soar.