The ancient Romans knew what they were doing when they chose linen as their go-to textile to stay cool in the warm Mediterranean summers.
Woven from fibres of the flax plant, linen is a hardy fabric that does not cling onto skin, conducts heat well, and has high air and moisture permeability — keeping the wearer cool and dry.
While linen tends to bring to mind shapeless tunics in varying shades of beige, we have scoured the web for the looks you never knew humble old linen was capable of.
From wardrobe staples in modern cuts to colourful, printed dresses, here are our favourite linen clothes to look and stay cool in Singapore’s tropical climate. Thanks to the relentless muggy weather, you will get plenty of wear season after season out of every piece here.