I feel like the human form of a yin yang, because in the only season that I don't wear all black, my summer uniform often consists of white and various shades of off white. It feels like a fashion palette cleanser.

The past few summers my focus has turned to linen as my number one fabric of choice. Not only does the fabric drape in just the right way, but it also helps to keep me cool in the extreme heat of our Northern Californian summers. 

woman in white monochrome outfit

| image courtesy of Who What Wear / Photography by Debora Rosa |

In my 40's I have understood the value of a capsule wardrobe more than ever. And I have also rediscovered my love of not just separates, but also outfit sets. Suit sets and items that can pull double duty as a dress or pool cover up all give the option of mixing and matching, while also allowing me to pull some of my black pieces from other seasons to add to the mix. Summer weight linen can be as easy as a simple dress or a structured jumpsuit with a pair of strappy sandals and a woven bag. Parfaite!

White Linen Suit

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And while the wrinkles bother me less as I age, I love that linen can still look as polished and have the structured and architectural details that I tend to lean toward now that I understand my body more and know what makes me feel most confident. The drape and the wrinkles give a more casual laissez faire vibe to those structured silhouettes that suit my body. As we wind our way through the dog days of summer, nothing sounds more appealing than staying cool while looking polished. 

white linen suit
| image courtesy of banana republic |
white linen jumpsuit
| image courtesy of gabrielle arruda |

| image courtesy of Collage Vintage |

My Top Linen Picks for Summer


Sarah Guenter