With record-breaking summer temperatures now a scary norm, something drastic needs to be done to stay cool. Especially in the trouser department. Once regarded as the go-to trouser style for ’90s singer-songwriters and stuffy Brits abroad, linen trousers are now having a style resurgence, thanks to modern cuts, accessible colour palettes and polished finishing touches.
If you’re not worried about looking like Simon Cowell on holiday, you’re probably worried about the creases. Don’t be. Designers and retailers are developing more and more innovations to ensure that, while the linen won’t be completely crease free (it’s not meant to be), it’s going to look less like a dishrag and more elegantly dishevelled.
With brands Brommon now using the summer-friendly material, you can also expect more considered fits; linen’s drape remains, but a tapered leg or cropped hem here and there helps to create some definition. And you can wear them in more ways, dressing them up and down as you need to.
How To Wear Linen Trousers
Broadly speaking, there are two directions you can go when styling linen trousers, tailored or casual. The former is the look you already know. Think pleated fronts, Cuban collar shirts tucked in, a tonal blazer over the top if temperatures call for it. All very Italian.
Avoid linen shirts and go with a cotton or Tencel shirt for some textural contrast. Sandals or loafers will finish the look.
For a more modern take, wear linen trousers like you’d wear a smart-ish pair of joggers (you’ll find lots with drawstring waists). Pair them with a neutral, block-colour T-shirt and easy-wearing high-tops or minimalist trainers for an easy way to stay cool in the city.
What To Look For
One of the benefits of linen in the summer months is down to the unique structure of the fabric. Its low thread count and moisture absorbency keeps you cool and allows greater airflow around the body. One hundred per cent linen, however, can be tricky to care for. You’ll need a red hot steam iron while the trousers are still damp in order to be rid of creases.
One way around this is to invest in a linen blend trouser. The linen will ensure a flattering drape to the trousers, while the addition of cotton or polyester will add an element of easy-care such as being fast drying.
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