If humidity is getting the best of you – hair is fizzy, workouts are sweaty, and clothes unbearable — it’s time you made the switch to linen. The breathable natural fibre has long made the upgrade from home furnishings to fashion-friendly with chic linen sets.

From Louis Vuitton, Dior to Fendi, Summer 2021 shows were a soothsayer of the things to follow. The high street brands have also followed suit with linen sets, trousers, and shirts becoming a popular, if slightly more expensive, a staple on their racks. After all, what fabric can let you keep your cool in 90-degree weather, especially if you’re leading an active lifestyle around the home and outside?

It’s not just the international fashion brands that have given their approval to the natural fabric. Recently, couturier Manish Malhotra collaborated with BRFL Textiles Private Limited (BTPL) to work on a line using their new LinenVogue – La Classé material. The LinenVogue – La Classé is a natural, sustainable and GMO-free fabric. An unexpected choice for the designer, Malhotra is sure to add a glamorous touch to this natural fabric. “Linen fabric that is not only comfortable but also affable with our weather conditions. Linen has the unique quality whereby it gets better after every wash and, hence, creating this will be an exciting process.”

So if you’re looking for linen sets that live up to the promise of keeping you cool this summer, and with the added caveat of looking stylish. Then, these linen sets are going to be your summer saviour. Take tips from size positive fashion influencer Sakshi Sindwani on how you can style the looks and say sayonara to humidity on your way out.

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A white one-shoulder or Vaccine-ready crop top with slouchy linen pants is the only way to spend a ‘Summer Somewhere’. The Male crop top (Rs 3,270) and Belize pants (Rs 3,999) are basically wardrobe essentials that you will hold on to season after season.

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This Sakshi Sindwani approved three-piece set from A Curve Story (Rs 3,400) is basically a visual representation of all our tropical fantasies. Easy, breezy with a flamingo printed bralette, it’s the solution to all our hot sticky weather woes.

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If you’re looking for soothing clothing, Summer House is your saviour. The Roma shirt (Rs 4,000) and the Gul pants (Rs 5,500) with their abstract print in lemon and uncomplicated style is definitely the order of the day.

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Hand-drawn and block printed with pomegranate or anar plants, the Nasha jacket (Rs 38,000) paired with matching pants is an absolutely fruitful way to embrace the trend. The loose fit jacket is finished with mother-of-pearls and can even be worn as a shirt. .

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Minimalism takes on linen sets with this piece from Love Birds Studio. The Outline co-ord linen set (Rs 22,900) in a vibrant turquoise hue comes with an overlap back detail and contrasting binds.

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Good Earth’s new diffusion line, Flow is designed for comfort dressing in a corporate world. Crafted in kala cotton and linen blend, the grey stripe jacket (Rs 12,000) and trousers (Rs 9,000) can easily be styled up or thrown on as casual separates.

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We loved the muted tropical print on the Sediment linen set (Rs 13,000) from Cord Studio. A sleeveless overlay collared jacket with wide legged pants is the modern equivalent of a salwar suit that is basically our go-to for comfort dressing.

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Tropical prints, soft hues and linen set basically go hand-in-hand to defeat the humid weather. Which is why the Dash and Dot linen skirt set (Rs 6,280) has caught our attention. The tailored finish and paper bag waist detail are an added bonus.

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Don’t let the cloudy skies get you down, the linen set from Khara Kapas (Rs 7,650) in powder blue is sure to cheer up your mood. Overlapping button closure and comfy Bermuda shorts, this set can take you from zoom calls to lounging at home.

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The slouchy, fusion silhouette and earthy palette of this House of Fett creation rejigs the notion of linen clothing as frumpy. The Mersin layered cowl pants (Rs 2,999) and the Mersin crop top (Rs 1,999) are crafted in a fine wrinkle free linen blend.

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Akshita Nahar Jain
Sr Associate Editor
Akshita Nahar Jain has worked with various publications, including Elle, Harper’s Bazaar Bride, and Time Out Delhi, and written extensively on fashion and lifestyle. A sucker for alliteration and shows with more style than script, she enjoys scrolling the web for less travelled destinations.