Long relegated to resort-wear and our summer holiday packing, over recent seasons linen has become a mainstay on the runways 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).
On the SS19 runways, Jacquemus, Tibi and Rejina Pyo continued to make the most of the fabric, in the form of flowing, goddess-like gowns and daring uber-mini dresses (Jacquemus), relaxed incarnations of the Bermuda short (Rejina Pyo) and oversized suiting (Tibi). Indie label Kage even dedicated its SS19 lookbook to the fabric, offering textured separates and playful jumpsuits.
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 holiday-ready sundresses and jumpsuits (check out ASOS and Nasty Gal) but also office-appropriate blouses and suits (& Other Stories and Mango). 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 2019 it's time to embrace the creases – they're part of linen's easy, breezy charm. If you're still scared, aim for structured pieces such as blazers, form-fitting tops, dresses that cinch at the waist and pieces with detailing that will distract (like pockets, print and buttons).
Ahead, we've rounded up our favourite linen pieces, from shirred tops to Bardot dresses that will keep you cool as temperatures soar this week.