36 Elevated Linen Buys to Suit Every Budget

Linen is a notoriously tricky fabric for retailers because it has the habit of looking like a crumpled mess in no time, but over the past few summers, fashion buyers are going back to it like it's an ex-partner who's promised they've changed. It still creases, but linen has somehow become the one fabric that can add effortless ease and polish to a warmer weather outfit in an instant.

With a return to raw, natural fabrics like raffia and hemp, the slight crinkle can also have a lovely charm to it. Though, you will still probably want a steamer or iron on hand for the mornings, of course. Whether you're off on holiday soon or not, linen looks just as good on a beach as it does in the city, and the vast array of different linen styles on offer for 2024 only proves how versatile a fabric it is.

With linen taking over new collections, though, it's hard to know where to actually find the very best pieces. Well, that's where we come in. As long-time lovers of linen, us Who What Wear editors have put our heads together and come up with the list below of 35 of the very best linen pieces you should see for this spring/summer. From easy dresses that will take you from holiday evenings to countryside weddings; to relaxed shirts you can wear just as easily to the office or as a cover-up on the beach.

Plus, we've been sure to cover all budget bases, so you'll find affordable M&S styles next to more luxurious pieces by The Frankie Shop—luckily linen is one of those fabrics that can make you look rich no matter what the price tag.

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The Best Linen Shirts & Tops


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The Best Linen Sets & Co-Ords


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The Best Linen Trousers & Shorts


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The Best Linen Dresses


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The Best Linen Blazers + Jackets


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This story was published at an earlier time and has since been updated.

Emily Dawes
Affiliate Editor

Emily Dawes is the very definition of a fashion multi hyphenate. An editor, stylist and writer with over eleven years’ worth of experience in the industry, Emily is known for her impeccable taste, elegant outfit choices and being able to spot the next big thing in fashion from a mile off. Our readers loyally trust her advice and shopping suggestions; so much so she began her own column documenting the most expensive-looking pieces on the high street, which has become a top-performing piece of content for the Who What Wear brand.

Emily has worked for Who What Wear UK since 2020 in a myriad as roles, spanning from contributing editor and branded content editor. Now, she holds the position of affiliate editor and is responsible for the brand’s overall affiliate strategy, ideation and content execution. Working closely with Who What Wear UK’s affiliate manager, Emily has been instrumental in securing and nourishing brand partnerships, surpassing her goals as standard. Leading the team in tentpole shopping moments including Black Friday and Peak Trading, with Emily’s guidance and leadership, team Who What Wear is in a stronger affiliate position than ever before.

Prior to joining the Who What Wear team, Emily served as YOU Magazine’s acting fashion editor where she managed the fashion team and oversaw all fashion content output for the fast-paced weekly title. Emily is a stylist in her own right, having worked with a slew of VIP clients including writer and television personality, Elizabeth Day, as well as styling and art directing several celebrity cover shoots for glossy print publication, Grazia. Her adept fashion knowledge means brands regularly sought out to work with her as a consultant: previously she has developed marketing and content plans for brands for Cocoon and Edge of Ember. Before entering the industry, Emily obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English and American Studies with International Study from Nottingham University. Fun fact: Emily spent a year studying in America which saw her join a sorority during her time there.

When she’s not working or tracking down the chicest, new-in items to share with our audience, you’ll find Emily bestowing her East London home with her stylish flair, reading everything from the classics to cowboy romance novels and escaping to the country with husband, baby boy and dog, Roo, whenever she can.

Emily is currently on maternity leave.