The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and we’re sweating just thinking about humidity. We love summer! No really, we do, but only when we’re prepared with the appropriate outfit. And that doesn’t have to mean showing up to the office in bike shorts and a spaghetti strap tank (admittedly, HR likely won't approve of that move). 

Instead, might we suggest just wearing linen? Rocking the natural, woven fabric is practically like walking around as a human AC unit. This is the only way to wear a suit and (gasp!) a long-sleeve top in 100 percent humidity. It’s the quintessential material of summer for a reason—linen is totally breathable, making it feel like you’re wearing practically nothing at all (but is actually much more, um, office-appropriate). Ready to get on the linen train? Here are 12 easy, breezy pieces to keep you cool now…and through all of summer’s dreaded heatwaves.

RELATED: This Middle School Throwback Is the Biggest Jewelry Trend of the Summer


Vince Cotton & Linen Blend Jacket

Conquer summer like a boss in this classic staple.

Buy It ($395)


Reformation Kass Linen Jumpsuit

File this under: Must be worn in the Hamptons.

Buy It ($198)


Fabiana Pigna Lottie Linen Shirtdress

Trade in your favorite cotton poplin shirtdress for a more breathable option.

Buy It ($375)


Avec Les Filles Oversize Linen Duster Coat

See? You can still rock a coat when it’s as hot as hades.

Buy It ($179)


Isabel Marant Étoile Telicia Ruffle Linen Dress

Airy ruffles add a bit of whimsy.

Buy It ($490)


J.Crew Point Sur Paperbag Stripe Linen Pants

Bonus: They’re lined.

Buy It ($88)


Innika Choo HANS UFMAFROK SMOCKED Linen Mini Dress

Even if you wear this to run errands, the tiny embroidered flowers and billowy sleeves will make it feel like vacation.

Buy It ($335)


Whistles Flounce Hem Linen Midi Skirt

Two words: tortoiseshell buttons.

Buy It ($239)


Treasure & Bond Linen Midi Dress

Keep a long cardigan at your desk and throw it over this button-front frock, for when the actual air conditioner is blasting.

Buy It ($89)


Caslon Linen Jogger Pants

The easiest weekend staple. Sweatpants, we’ll see you in the fall.

Buy It ($59)


Cult Gaia Print Linen Midi Pencil Dress

Plays nice with straw bags and leather sandals.

Buy It ($580)


Chelsea28 Linen Trench Coat

Trade your typical trench for this summery version.

Buy It ($109)

RELATED: Nordstrom Has a $55 Version of Meghan Markle’s White Trench Dress

PureWow may earn compensation through affiliate links in this story.

From Around The Web