Linen is a timeless and eco-friendly choice across seasons. When summer rolls around, this temperature-regulating, breathable fabric comes into its own. 

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Keep it minimal on a steamy hot day with a European classic from Reiss. Their relaxed-fit white shirt is a lightweight linen marvel with a subtle marled texture. Order a size down for a sleeker fit, and relax: your flawlessly sharp shirt is 100 per cent machine-washable. In fact, linen threads just look better with every wash.

Vintage linen overalls

If recycled and retro are the way to go, you’ll find linen aplenty at Vintage Sole. The fabric has been around since 8000 BC! Browse preloved linen shirts and dresses, in tropical florals, gingham checks and taupe. For summertime dungarees, try their linen short overalls with cute button-up details.

Loungewear sets

Cool off in sleepwear-daywear from Byron Bay’s Deiji Studios. Light and airy in stone-washed French linen, it’s the next best thing to wearing nothing at all! The oversized box-fit shirt has floaty sleeves, while wide-leg shorts have a comfy elasticated waist. Such innovative designs are a fixture at Incu, founded in Sydney by twins Brian and Vincent Wu.

A model in a light pink set of linen shirt and shorts.
Pic via Incu website

Melbourne-made statement skirts

You’ll get rave reviews in your Dominica skirt from Lumi. Covered in hibiscus flowers, the high-waisted skirt has a flattering A-line style. Made from 100 per cent linen, it’s fully lined in soft cotton and ethically handmade in Melbourne. Thanks to Lumi’s small-batch ethos, you’ll be wearing an ensemble that’s almost unique.

It-girl dresses

For that indispensable warm-weather frock, check out what’s hot at Alpha60. In soft black or festive blue-and-red check, their midi-length Shaw dress is loose and easy to wear. With side-seam splits to catch the breeze, this sleeveless shift is your new summer staple. Melbourne Fashion Fest regulars Alpha60 know how to keep cool when the sun shines.

100% linen jumpsuits

Looking for that statement all-in-one outfit that’ll take you from the beach to dinner? Look no further than ELK’s 100 per cent French linen jumpsuits. With side-pockets and wide legs, these fuss-free garments have a loose, elongated silhouette. ELK’s ethically sourced fashion is designed in Melbourne. Order online, and ELK will donate $2 to help reforest the planet.

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Elk

Palazzo pants

Add a ray of sunshine to your wardrobe, and step into palazzos from Sydney label See Saw. Available in Carlton from Idyl, the roomy, wide-leg pants are cut from breathable pure linen. It’s literally the season’s coolest fabric. Blue-and-white striped, these slacks scream Venice, gelato and life on the beach.

Classic cut skirts

Local fashion house Digbys puts a practical spin on the regular tube skirt. Their midi-length version is in European linen, with an elasticated hem. Falling straight to the knee, the skirt finishes mid-calf with a subtle bell curve. Gathered at the waist, it’s effortlessly elegant and tailor-made for layering. Choose yours in denim, fig or olive.

Linen trousers

Natural fibres are a hallmark at Melbourne-designed Nique. Their zip-front linen pants have a tailored loose fit and wraparound pockets. With an ankle-grazing length, they’re a hit with sandals in the heat or boots when it’s cooler. Want more Nique linen? Take a look at their massive range of minis, maxis and tees.

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