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Jeans and a Nice Top: The Summer Edition

Less denim, more linen.

Summer’s fast approaching, so we’re looking to cool linen separates to bring our wardrobes up to date...

If there’s one look that has become an institution in the wardrobe of most 20- and 30-something women, it’s jeans and a nice top. Are you really a millennial if you don't own at least five 'going out' tops that mix and match with your favourite jeans? I think not.

It's the not-so-secret outfit formula that has been uttered across WhatsApp groups, Facebook groups and group chats, for years: jeans and a nice top. It's the gift that keeps on giving, it's an outfit that knows no bounds, and the reasons it's so prolific is that it's versatile, easy and dependable. 

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It's hard not to love a pair of denim jeans. It is hard to wear a standard pair of jeans in the heat of summer. While it's not exactly summer yet, temperatures are rising and the sun is shining and the last thing you even want to look at is the same tubes of denim that got your legs through the winter. Enter linen. 

Most of us will have had an unfortunate run-in with linen before - it looks beautiful, pure and inviting when it's hanging on the rail, but after an hour in the wild (aka day-to-day life), it looks like a crumpled mess. A crumpled mess with creases that never seem to press out ever again, no matter how many times you iron it.

But this season, fashion 'it' girls are going back to it like it's an ex promising it has changed...and by the looks of things, it really has. No longer the crease monster of our worst nightmares, linen offers all the versatility of a pair of jeans - without the trapping weight. You can wear a linen pant with a fitted shirt, with heels, trainers, and as Lucy Williams proved, over your swimsuit too. 

They work virtually in every setting.

Shop Linen Pants:

High Waisted Linen Flared Trousers, €79, & Other Stories

Check Linen Trousers, €49.99, Mango

Linen Wide-Leg Pants, €390, Georgia Alice

Wide Leg Linen Trousers, €59.95, Zara

Pleated linen tapered pants, €392, Theory

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