Monday, September 16

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.

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What To Look For

Fabric

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.

mango

Mango

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

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Fit

Linen doesn’t have a natural stretch, so opting for a looser pair with a good drape is a good idea. It’s easy to feel cautious though as too loose a fit will invite some unfavourable comparisons, and no-one wants to look like the man from Del Monte.

Linen trousers now come in a wider range of fits than in years gone by. Counter the relaxed fit with tapered legs, turn up hems and drawstring waists, giving the linen trouser look an instant style update.

Colour

With linen being a natural fibre, the best colour options are earthy tones, like dark neutrals, stone, khaki and brown, especially if the desired look is more casual. Washed navy and denim-style indigo are a great way to help linen trousers appear smarter. Leave brighter colours to showboating yacht owners.

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Zara

Finishing Touches

Like a lot of formal trousers, the classic linen trouser has undergone some upgrades in recent years. Drawstring waists and unfinished hems help to create a more casual, beachy look, whereas classic side adjusters and welt pockets on pairs with sharp pleats help to create a more office-appropriate summer look.

Opting for a linen trouser with a turn-up hem is probably the best way of getting the most bang for your buck. Tried and tested with suit trousers, the turn-up is dapper in the office, whilst also being perfect for further rolling up on the beach.

Slub Linen Mayer Pant

BRUNELLO CUCINELLI Navy Tapered Linen And Cotton-Blend Trousers

M&S COLLECTION Slim Fit Linen Miracle Trousers

DAGGER WOOL LINEN BLEND SLIM FIT TROUSERS

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