For the past few weeks, trying to dress for the sweltering heat without melting hasn’t been easy. London’s uncharacteristic heatwave means it’s time to ditch the wool and denim staples and swap in some linen – something we Londoner’s aren’t always prepared for. With its breathable, breezy composition, linen offers a chic alternative to more conventional, insulating natural fibres and is a real treat to wear after a long winter spent wrapped up in tweed and flannel. So, get on the bandwagon and revamp your wardrobe with one of these little numbers. You’ll feel all the cooler for it, literally.
The Californian brand and its beach-inspired designs are just the thing to bring a louche summer staple to the big smoke this summer. Whether you’re heading out for a relaxed weekend in the countryside or picnicking with friends in Hyde Park, Mollusk’s ‘Strange Geometry’ linen shirt is a go-to for balmy weather. With its cotton-linen blend fabric and eclectic multicoloured print set against a creamy white backdrop, it can be worn comfortably unbuttoned with a signature light-pink Mollusk t-shirt, paired with pale-blue suede Vans sneakers.
£90, shop now
2. Luca Faloni
Known for its time-honoured craftsmanship and elegant materials, Bergamo-based Luca Faloni showcases a classic summer look in its Striped Forte Linen Shirt complete with soft stripes, muted blue tones and a trendy grandad collar. With its ethos of pure linen only, Luca Faloni features a diverse range of casual, tonal shirts with pastel and tobacco-coloured linings, topped with stylish twists like mother of pearl buttons and one-piece collars. Throw this on and hit the city confidently dressed with tan linen pleated shorts, sandals and a chocolate-coloured woven leather belt.
£120, shop now
3. Turnbull & Asser
New for the season, Jermyn Street shirtmaker par-excellence, Turnbull & Asser, has introduced a new range of chic linen button-down shirts, cut in the best Italian linen from Albini. Emphasising summer’s bold colours and some textures, this luxurious range has a number of stand-out pieces, including this open-structured tangerine shirt with its long ‘Cambridge’ button-down collar and signature three buttoned cuffs. If the heat’s proving too oppressive, cool off in this, styled with navy seersucker cotton shorts and a pair of classic all-white, leather sneakers.
£215, shop now