HIS STYLE: Fall in Love with Linen

With a reputation as fashion’s easy-to-crease fabric, men often shy away from linen. But whether it’s the relaxed fit or the fact it keeps you cool in the heat, there are plenty of sartorial reasons to embrace it this summer. LISA PIDDINGTON picks her elevated essentials from HARVEY NICHOLS.

THE LONG-SLEEVED SHIRT: For a quick-fire injection of signature style this Ivy League-inspired Polo Ralph Lauren slim linen shirt, £110, is a must. Pair with your go-to swim shorts or a smart pair of chinos for holiday dressing at its best.

THE BOMBER JACKET: Give linen an urban update with this Oliver Spencer linen bomber jacket, £350. For those not completely sold on linen, this is the failsafe foray into the fabric and what’s more, you can wear it well into autumn too.

THE SUMMER SHORTS: Stay on-trend this summer with these Oliver Spencer striped linen shorts, £125. OK, so they may be prone to light creasing, but embrace it. After all, linen is all about that easy breezy attitude. The season calls for it, you know what to do.

THE LINEN BLAZER: Wearing tailoring through the warmer months can be quite the challenge. From a summer wedding to the boardroom, this smart Emporio Armani checked linen jacket, £660, is exactly what you and your wardrobe need.

THE SHORT-SLEEVED SHIRT: Short sleeves are a warm-weather no-brainer, so give this classic shirt-shape a contemporary twist for SS18. With its mandarin collar and off-white colour the J Lindeberg linen shirt, £100, updates your look in an instant.

THE MUST-HAVE TROUSERS: Nothing says summer chic like light linen trousers and the tapered style of these J Lindeberg linen trousers, £125, make them the stylish choice. Team with tailored separates for those hard-to-nail summer dress-codes.

THE LINEN SCARF: be inspired by our uber stylish European counterparts and plump for this Corneliani linen scarf, £105. Wear with a wide array of evening ensembles when dining or drinking al fresco.

Clothes featured are available from Harvey Nichols Birmingham, The Mailbox, via Style Concierge or online at harveynichols.com.