Cool and casual linen is your summer wardrobe must-have

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For many Canadians, rising temperatures are not always welcome when it comes to the summer season. The heat, humidity and perspiration that come with it can feel oppressive at times, especially when dressing for a professional environment.

Enter linen, the lightweight and natural fabric that’s breathable and comfortable, making it an ideal choice for sticky summer days. In addition to its comfort factor, linen is also an environmentally friendly fabric choice that’s biodegradable and uses less water to grow than traditional cotton crops.

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Linen clothing has the added appeal of a polished yet laid-back appearance thanks to its naturally-occurring texture that has a lived-in look. If you’re confident enough to throw on your outfit and go (no ironing required), choosing linen for the hottest days of the summer is a no-brainer.

To kickstart your linen wardrobe, scroll through for some of our top picks that will have you looking and feeling cool all season long.

Everlane The Linen Picnic Top

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This simple button-front top can easily be dressed up or down, meaning you’re sure to get a lot of wear out of this item all season long.

SHOP IT: Everlane, $77 ($58 USD)

Frank and Oak Linen-Tencel Midi Dress in True Black

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For a summery take on an LBD, this casual dress is a great choice. Its A-line silhouette nips you in at the waist, and as an added bonus it has pockets!

SHOP IT: Frank and Oak, $119

LOFT Button Wrap Blouse

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Flatter your figure with a wrap silhouette in a sunny shade, like this pretty yellow number from Ann Taylor LOFT that’s currently on sale at 40 per cent off.

SHOP IT: Loft, $46 (originally $75)

Club Monaco Hadarahh Linen-Blend Blazer

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Easily take this linen blazer from the office to the weekend by swapping out the matching trousers for your favourite pair of jeans.

SHOP IT: Club Monaco, $298

Anthropologie Linen Shorts

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Lightweight and casual, you’ll want to live in this pair of linen shorts all summer long thanks to their comfortable fit and perfect midi length.

SHOP IT: Anthropologie, $116 ($88 USD)

Banana Republic Linen-Cotton Cropped Jumpsuit

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If you’re looking for an alternative to a summer dress, this striped linen romper gives you comfort and breathability with all the benefits of a low maintenance cotton blend.

SHOP IT: Banana Republic, $185

Addition Elle Pop-Over Linen Tunic Shirt

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A classic white shirt done is crisp linen is a must-have for any summer wardrobe, and this one from Addition Elle is a great deal at only $35.

SHOP IT: Addition Elle, $35 (originally $59)

Joe Fresh Linen Blend Capri Joggers

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This pair of relaxed joggers have ribbed cuffs for a slim fit that still manages to keep you feeling cool. With a classic neutral colour, these are a great pick for summer instead of a heavier pair of khakis.

SHOP IT: Joe Fresh, $29

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