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The best linen clothing perfect for summer 2021

Beat the heat in these lightweight and stylish options.
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Summer is just around the corner which means high temperatures are quickly approaching. It's almost time to swap your jeans for shorts, sweaters for tank tops and boots for sandals (if you haven't already). Depending on where you call home, summer heatwaves can pack a punch and have you waving your white flag at the idea of putting any effort into your outfit as you opt for an old T-shirt and running shorts. But you shouldn't have to sacrifice style for comfort, no matter how hot it is.

Linen has long been a summer staple thanks to the variety of styles and designs the textile can be used for, and it might be the saving grace for your wardrobe. Avery Faigen, retail analyst at Edited, says the breathable properties of the fabric and its sustainable nature might also be responsible for linen's domination of the summer season.

Whether you're looking to upgrade from options currently in your closet or stock up on a few new linen staples, we found some of the most fashionable pieces that are a step-up from your favorite tee-and-shorts combo.

Women's linen clothing for summer

A New Day Ruffle Short Sleeve Dress

This chic ruffle-sleeved dress is available in five different colors and crafted from a linen-blend fabric that is designed to move with you. Pair with your favorite heels to easily dress it up for a night out.

Shimmer Linen-Blend Cardigan Sweater

Cardigans are usually put away for summer, but it doesn't hurt to keep a lightweight one in your closet for cooler days and breezy nights. This loose-fitting option has a subtle shine that gives it a little something extra.

High-Waisted Linen-Blend Straight Cropped Pants

A plain white linen pant is a summer staple that goes with anything in your closet. One reviewer wrote, "They can be dressed up for work or perfect for brunch with friends."

A New Day Linen Tank Top

This versatile tank top is flowy enough that it can be worn with your favorite bike shorts while working out or can be tucked into jeans or linen pants for a dressier look.

Oversized Short Sleeve Floral Shirt

If you already have a pair of linen bottoms, this stylish top can complete your look. It's made from a linen-blend and boasts a loose fit that's breathable and on trend. It also comes in red.

Amazon Essentials Sleeveless Linen Dress

It's always good to keep a little black dress on hand for every season. A cinched-waist keeps the fit figure-flattering and as an added bonus, there's pockets!

Gap Linen V-Neck T-Shirt

This Gap T-shirt is made from 100% linen and comes in six colors. The relaxed fit makes it easy to tuck into a long skirt or pair with jeans for any occasion.

Amazon Essentials Sleeveless Linen Jumpsuit

Whether you opt for the light blue color or the eye-catching shade of yellow, this linen-blend jumpsuit can keep you cool from head to toe. It features a back zipper and functional side pockets for added convenience.

Roxy Women's Oceanside Pant

These cozy pants are perfect for a late night around the bonfire or taking a stroll on the beach. Enjoy a cool breeze through airy material while still getting full-leg coverage sans sweat or stickiness.

Uniqlo Linen Cotton Relaxed Shorts

These linen-blend shorts come in off-white and beige and can easily be paired with a long- or short-sleeve top. You can complete your look with stylish sneakers or simple sandals for a new go-to outfit.

Men's linen clothing for summer

J.Crew Factory Drawstring Pant

These straight-fit linen pants are crafted from a cotton and linen fabric blend that is both breathable and fashionable. They come in four different colors and you can get them right now for over 50% off!

H&M Relaxed Fit Shorts

These cotton and linen blend shorts are currently available in neutral colors like navy, light beige and brown. Pair with a T-shirt and sneakers for an everyday look or with a button-up shirt and boat shoes for a dressier brunch outfit.

Goodthreads Linen-Blend T-Shirt

Keep the basics comfortable with this cotton and linen blend T-shirt. It's perfect for layering or wearing alone. "It’s almost like a very light cotton that’s soft and and yet has the durability of linen at the same time," one Amazon reviewer wrote.

Linen Bomber Jacket

Like cardigans, jackets are usually put away for the summer. But they don't have to be when they're made out of a lightweight material like linen. This jacket is made out of 100% linen and also comes in navy.

Linen-Blend Mason E-Waist Athletic-Fit Pant

Whether you're dressing up or keeping it casual, these pants will keep you cool all summer long. They come in two other colors.

Everlane The Linen Short-Sleeve Standard Fit Shirt

This popular style from Everlane has earned a 4.63-star rating from more than 150 reviewers. The 100% linen top can even be worn unbuttoned and paired with a lightweight undershirt for a casual look.

Amazon Essentials Men's Slim-Fit Linen Pant

The linen-blend fabric gives these pants a comfortable stretch, but they're still fashionable enough to wear anywhere. "I bought the linen trousers specifically for the hot summer months, but can see myself wearing them into the fall," one verified reviewer wrote.

Nautica Short Sleeve Solid Linen Shirt

This lightweight shirt is available in vibrant colors that are ready for any summer barbecue. Since the colors are bold, they can easily be paired with a simple pair of shorts for a casual look.

Amazon Essentials Men's Flat-Front Linen Short

The shorter counterpart to Amazon's slim-fit pants, these shorts come in several breathable styles for the summer. "These are surprisingly good quality and very comfy," one verified reviewer wrote. "They became my favorite shorts."

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