Linen sharpens up its act …with bold colours, tailored cuts and clever fabrics

Mention linen and most of us envisage creasing and that tendency to go limp and baggy in all the wrong places.

And oh dear God, the ironing! But I promise you, linen has changed. Thanks to a huge selection of clever linen blends on the High Street, you can still have all the things you love about this timeless summer fabric, and none of the stuff we hate.

Get the fabric weight and fit right and you’ve got an elegant friend for life — it’s more sustainable and hard-wearing than cotton and machine-was beautifully. It’s so deliciously lightweight and comfortable yet also elegant and cool. And when I say cool, I mean figuratively and literally — linen’s temperature-regulating properties make it a godsend for those heatwave days where your ‘glow’ is edging more towards downright sweaty.