Struggling with power dressing due to stuffy weather conditions? We have two words for you: linen suits. Whether you’re pondering what to wear to work, or you’re looking for something other than the usual line-up of wedding guest dresses to don to your next invitation, the good news is that there are plenty of linen suits women can turn to.
Designers like Brunello Cucinelli and Veronica Beard lead the way in suiting with fresh, summery twists. Their linen designs are particularly sought after, as they take on a cooler and less heavy-duty approach to tailoring without bypassing the brand’s usual meticulous details. At the same time, there are just as many stalwart options from more accessible retailers. If you’re looking to give your favourite linen dresses a run for their money, then opt for either H&M’s linen blazer and skirt suit or Topshop’s linen waistcoat co-ord.
Linen’s low thread count (which usually lies between the 80-150 mark) makes it well adapted to warmer climes – i.e. perfect for RN – but really easy to layer, too. So if you’re someone who has one big wardrobe rather than separate seasonal ones (we salute you), you’ll appreciate just how multitasking the linen suit is.
Do linen suits wrinkle, we hear you ask? Though linen is known to crease easily, especially in comparison to wool suits, it remains one of the best fabrics to own thanks to its more sustainable ethos and laid-back sophistication. Why do you think so many two-piece sets and co-ords are made of the material? Linen suits – involving a blazer paired with matching suit trousers, shorts or a skirt – will therefore be your warm-weather saving grace.
Who makes good linen suits? Find our editor-approved picks of the best linen suits women can wear below, from earth tones to statement hues.
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