If there’s one wardrobe item that I rely on most heavily once summer arrives, it’s my linen trousers. As a non-dress person, I just find nothing else in my closet really hits the spot in the same way. They’re breezy, effortless, polished and cool (Gen Z told me so). As soon as the mercury starts to rise, I pull my favourite pairs out of hibernation and start wearing them on regular rotation again until late autumn. They obviously work so well on holidays, and I particularly love them for how versatile they are—they look just as good on the beach or poolside as they do dressed up in the evening, making it much easier for me to stick to my luggage restrictions. But I don’t reserve my favourite trousers for just a few weeks of the year—I also wear linen pants on relaxed summer weekends, either running errands or popping to meet my friends in the pub; and I also wear them to the office styled up a little smarter with a waistcoat or poplin shirt.
I admit, I have a few pairs of linen trousers, including Arket’s drawstring style that I often wear as a co-ord, M&S’s tailored style and H&M’s joggers (which make for the perfect plane or travel trousers). But there’s one pair in particular that I reach for the most, and that’s my white Reformation Olina pants. They’re a little more expensive than my other high street versions, but the quality of the linen is so beautiful. I love the slouchyness of the shape with the adjustable drawstring waist (summer is for indulging ourselves, after all), but they also have a crispness to them which helps when dressing them up.