The Easy Summer Item Fashion People Turn to When It's Super Hot

Over the past few years, fashion has turned back to the reliable classics that have proved themselves over years, and decades. We've brought tailoring back to the fore, returned to pretty summer dresses, and have a renewed love for shorts, specifically linen styles. As we plunge into summertime, holidays are approaching and warm weather is breaking its way through the grey days, leading us once again to call upon our linen shorts as the comfortable wardrobe hero to rely on.

Woman on street wearing matching linen set

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With its breathable and light texture, linen is exactly the sort of fabric you want to be wearing when the temperature rises and you need something to carry you from sofa to desk to a picnic date with ease. There's a few key styles that have really come to the fore for 2024, like relaxed elasticated waist styles as well as sharper tailored iterations. Typically, this style comes in neutrals, such as white, beige and black, and while there are plenty of these low-key buys about this year, there is also a good selection of bright colours and feel-good prints for those who want them.

Woman wears linen blazer and woman shorts

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When it comes to styling, I recommend sticking to simple separates. A linen shirt will also make for a fun pairing, as will a boxy tee or a tank top. More tailored iterations will also lend themselves to more polished blouses or blazers for when you crave a smarter finish.

Woman on boat wears black top and striped linen shorts

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