Beat the Heat in These Linen Outfits

by Rachel Tan
LIFESTYLE  |  June 24, 2019
  • With its rustic charm and sweat-wicking properties, linen is a perennial warm weather staple.
    1 / 8 With its rustic charm and sweat-wicking properties, linen is a perennial warm weather staple.

    The ancient Romans knew what they were doing when they chose linen as their go-to textile to stay cool in the warm Mediterranean summers. Woven from fibres of the flax plant, linen is a hardy fabric that does not cling onto skin, conducts heat well, and has high air and moisture permeability — keeping the wearer cool and dry.

    While it tends to bring to mind shapeless tunics in varying shades of beige, we have scoured the web for the looks you never knew humble old linen was capable of. From wardrobe staples in modern cuts to loud, printed dresses, here are our picks to help you stay in style in Singapore’s relentless heat without breaking a sweat.

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  • Zara Linen Skirt, $99
    2 / 8 Zara Linen Skirt, $99

    Its association with hot, sunny days gives linen the unfair rep of being too casual for work, but this A-line midi skirt from Zara dispels those misconceptions. Its magic lies in its duality. For the office, wear with a linen shirt and chunky brass jewellery; on weekends, dress down with a relaxed cotton tank and sandals.

    Available at Zara

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  • Everlane Linen Notch Short-Sleeve Shirt, approx $80
    3 / 8 Everlane Linen Notch Short-Sleeve Shirt, approx $80

    (Also read: Healthy Ways to Beat The Heat in Singapore)

    The American retailer’s notched lapel shirt comes in a chic, modern boxy cut, and pairs well with skirts, jeans, or denim shorts. Its short-but-not-too-short length also means it looks equally good tucked in or out.

    Available at Everlane

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  • Mango Linen Strap Dress, $89
    4 / 8 Mango Linen Strap Dress, $89

    In a soft seafoam green, with mini polka dots and ribbon-tied straps, this midi number from Mango is the personification of Spring and it couldn’t be further from ‘frumpy’. Turn it beachside holiday-ready with delicate demi-fine jewellery, a straw bag, and strappy sandals.

    Available at Mango

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  • H&M Linen-Blend Blouse, $34.95
    5 / 8 H&M Linen-Blend Blouse, $34.95

    If Parisian It-girl Jeanne Damas could see this, we are sure she’d also approve of this blouse’s vintage vibes, with its subtle puff sleeves and playful peplum details. Try it with Damas’ signature red lips and minimal makeup for an easy French girl cool look.

    Available at H&M

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  • Rowie The Label Luka Wrap Top, $149
    6 / 8 Rowie The Label Luka Wrap Top, $149

    (Also read: Heaty Foods to Avoid in Singapore’s Hot Weather)

    Stocked at new local online multi-label store Urban Gypsy, this wrap top from Aussie brand Rowie The Label has both a twist and a tie-front detail for a subtle peekaboo, along with a large oblong cut out at the back. What a way to elevate the simple white top. Loose linen pants complete the boho look, or try it with jeans or a midi flared skirt.

    Available at Urban Gypsy

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  • Topshop Twist Back Linen-Blend Jumpsuit, $96.90
    7 / 8 Topshop Twist Back Linen-Blend Jumpsuit, $96.90

    Business in front, party at the back: Topshop’s stripey linen-blend jumpsuit features a high neck and a surprise low back twist behind. Great for both the office and for weekend brunches — just keep a blazer handy for the former.

    Available at Topshop

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  • The Reformation Marseilles Dress, approx $273
    8 / 8 The Reformation Marseilles Dress, approx $273

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    Linen clothing are usually made breezy and loose-fitting, but we can count on The Reformation to do things a little differently. The sustainable US label’s linen dress is a figure-flattering, slim-fit mini with a wrap bottom and adjustable straps, complete with a straight neckline. Keep accessories to the minimum when you wear this — its prints have already done half the job for you.

    Available at The Reformation

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