A Wrinkle in Time: How to Wear Linen
It may be the holy-grail summer material but how do you wear linen without it crinkling? We’ve got just the tips to breeze you through it
The humble linen shirt is the unofficial emblem of British Summer Time. Lightweight and airy, this ultimate summer fabric can make your outfit inherently more elegant and wonderfully cool on warmer days thanks to its natural texture and high absorbency. But if you too, jumped on the Coastal Grandma Chic trend last year, you’ll know the struggles of wearing an entire linen outfit, because while it may rest beautifully on a rail, linen can be frustratingly quick to crinkle. So how do you wear linen without looking like a crumpled mess? Liberty curates the ultimate stress-free guide to wearing, washing and styling linen.
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How to Wear Linen Shirts
Linen shirts are one of the most versatile pieces in your wardrobe. Whether it be for a smart day in the office or a day lounging on the beach, a linen shirt is prepared for anything. It’s wise to curate a collection of classic shades, including a light blue linen shirt, a navy linen shirt and of course – the staple – white linen shirt, but this summer, earthy tones are also on the horizon. Think beige, taupe and khaki. For holidays, pair your linen shirt with raffia pieces, like woven shoes and basket bags with a matching pair of shorts or casual beach trousers to fully embrace the effortlessly cool aesthetic.
Style tip: Create a visual illusion with your outfit to distract from fabric wrinkles. Stripes are excellent for tricking the eye, drawing attention away from any unwanted creases, or opt for linen shirts with large buttons or patterns down the front to distract from the rest of the material.
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How to Wear Linen Dresses
Less is more when styling a linen dress, but don’t forget accessories can elevate even the simplest of dresses from a casual daytime look to a sophisticated evening outfit. Off to the beach? Pair your linen dress with a summer hat and a wicker basket big enough to fit all your essentials. In the evening, swap the flip-flops out for a pair of espadrilles or heels and layer up on the shell or pearl jewellery particularly when heading out for holiday sundowners .
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How to Wear Linen Trousers
Next up: linen trousers. There are various shades and styles of linen trousers, from a tailored, wide-leg office pair, (TOTEME, AJE and Aligne have plenty to choose from), to the white linen beach trousers all over Instagram. No colour is off-limits, but like your linen shirts, the neutral shades are the easiest to style. If you’re trying to achieve the pyjamas in public look, then opt for a loose lightweight t-shirt or oversized shirt you can tuck in and pair with loafers or clogs. Alternatively, layers are a safe bet, so look to a fitted vest or tight t-shirt you can wear with an oversize jacket or cardigan.
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How to Wear Tailored Linen
If you’re not keen on the crinkled look, a linen blazer will be your best bet on tackling the trend as they’re the most crease-proof, and are great for formal occassions. Alternatively, waistcoats are everywhere this summer, and the linen kind will keep you cool. Style with a matching pair of tailored trousers to master a monochromatic outfit or a summer slip skirt to balance textures.