I'm 32—This Is the Summer Trend I'm Buying From M&S, Arket and H&M

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In my experience, linen is one of those fabrics that gets a bad rap. My theory is that there are a lot of people who hate ironing (I mean, fair enough), and as a result, don't understand just how chic it can be. Other than its propensity to crease easily, I also think it's often associated with a kind of old-fashioned or dated hippie style, so people fear it might age them. I can see why: Flowing, shapeless outfits hardly make you feel streamlined and polished. But the latest linen items I've spotted on the high street couldn't be further from that.

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Right now, in my expert opinion, there are three high street stores leading the way when it comes to linen: H&M, Arket and Marks & Spencer. The good news is that each one has its own style. If you're looking for summer-ready items that won't look out of place on a night out or on the beach, then H&M is where to go. But if you're after tailored items and co-ords then it's Arket you want to head to (the matching sets are a staple in my summer wardrobe). As for M&S, this is where you want to go for throw-on dresses and basics, and their pull-on linen trousers are also a sellout hit. So keep scrolling for the best affordable linen buys you'll find this summer. 

1. ARKET

2. H&M

MARKS & SPENCER

Next Up: 30 Expensive-Looking Summer Buys From H&M, & Other Stories and Arket

This piece was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.