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How Designers Are Rethinking Linen This Summer

08/12/23

Author: Divya Venkataraman

DOCUMENTED BY: RIISE

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At RIISE, the classic summer fabric is getting a refresh.

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At RIISE, the classic summer fabric is getting a refresh.

When you think about summer, what fabric comes to mind? Breathable, soft cotton would once have been top of mind, but in recent years, the sturdier, earthier linen has taken over as the hero fabric to outfit even the season’s dog days. Sourced from flax plants in the picturesque regions of France and Belgium, near the North Sea, linen embodies sustainable elegance. Its breezy texture, enhanced absorbency, and effortless drape make it an ideal choice for sun-kissed afternoons or poolside moments. Aesthetically, linen has classically leaned towards neutral hues and simple cuts. But this season, designers on RIISE are showing that linen’s limits are only what you make of them.

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Documented By: Arnsdorf

Linen pants swept the stores of designers and lower price point brands alike some summers ago, and their dominance is still yet to slow down. Is there a more versatile staple than a flowy, simple pair that allows room (and an elasticated waistband) for all of the eating, drinking and dancing that summertime is made for? Arnsdorf’s knack for minimalist tailoring shines through in its Hydra Linen Pants, which are made of entirely repurposed Italian linen and slit at each hem. Who said linen couldn’t have a bit of edge?

Wear them with the Hydra Linen Shirt, either thrown open for laissez-faire styling or buttoned up for maximum coordination. Otherwise, take them to the beach with just a bikini on top (minimum fuss and maximum tan), or style with a feminine prairie blouse for an easy work-ready look.

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While neutral tones and crisp whites are summer classics in the linen space, this season, designers are embracing styles in bold crayon hues or fitted with unexpected details. Take Bondi Born, whose latest drop takes advantage of Barbie fever with a suite of separates in a bold, candy pink. The Bondi Born Delphi Crop brings on-trend corsetry to a beach-ready silhouette, and it’s asking to be your statement summer piece this party season.

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Documented By: Jillian Boustred

We also love Jillian Boustred’s Arc Dress which matches playfully feminine piping with a prim silhouette. It comes in a soft, powdery lavender and blush pink. For a more toned-down colourway, opt for the Jillian Boustred Sadie Dress which adds an exposed bra detail to an otherwise simple look. On the steamiest of summer days, it’s so much more palatable to just throw on one, light layer than a button and zip and squeeze yourself into more. These dresses will breeze through work events, Friday drinks and weddings alike. 

And the best part? If you look after linen well, it can last you for summers and summers to come. Make sure to check the care instructions on your particular piece, and let the fabric dry flat to avoid deep creases that require heavy ironing. Let the natural, crinkled look make up the character of your piece—and if you must straighten it out, opt for steaming over ironing for the most gentle touch.

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