YES YOU CAN: Luxe up your linen

Fashion director Shelly Vella shows you how.

OK let’s hear it for linen, one of the coolest to wear and most sustainable*, hard-wearing fabrics out there. Yes, it can crease a little, but see it as part of the charm and in the season’s pretty colour palette you will be able to build versatile outfits for work, play or holiday.

*Across its production life cycle, a linen shirt uses 6.4 litres of water compared to 2,700 litres for a cotton one.

How to luxe up your linen

Pistachio and cream – the city smart way to wear linen. Jacket, £180, top, £55, shorts, £55, Jigsaw

For go-anywhere chic

Dress up a jumpsuit with an oversized blazer.

Blazer, £34.99, H&M

Jumpsuit, £75, Cos

Cardigan, £55, Cos

Necklace, £150, Antonia Guise

Clogs, £98, Free People

The perfect trousers suit for summer events. Blazer, £189, trousers, £110, bag, £119, sandals, £89, earrings, £25, Hobbs

For relaxed glamour

An off-shoulder dress looks hot but stays cool in linen.

Dress, £245, Sleeper, Oxygen Boutique

Espadrilles, £90, Castañer, Oxygen Boutique

Sunglasses, £150, Finlay and Co

Shopper, £160, AAKS, John Lewis

Locket, from £330, Alex Monroe

For work and weekend

A sultry hue for hot summer nights. Blazer, £425, shorts, £210, bikini top, £95, Asceno

Brighten up summer neutrals with a hit of colour.

Shirt, £59, Cos

Skirt, £25.99, Reserved

Plimsolls, £99, Hobbs

Bag, £162, Rejina Pyo, The Outnet

Bracelet, £42, T Balance, Oxygen Boutique

Bracelet, £42, T Balance, Oxygen Boutique