Whether you’re shopping wardrobe staples for Singapore’s hot weather or for your next summer vacation, here are the best places for linen...
Face it: Singapore’s intense hot weather will have us dripping within minutes the moment we step out into the sun. But don’t let the muggy tropical climate bog you down; you can still look stylish and fresh without having to compromise comfort! Known for its lasting properties, linen is quick to dry and is damage-resistant despite putting it through the washer on a regular. Breezy linen pieces tick all the right boxes – light, natural and clean aesthetics – the perfect wardrobe for a weekender or an upcoming beach vacay!
The Japanese giant has blessed us a collection of new and improved French linen tops, bottoms and outerwear as part of its Spring/Summer 2018 collection. Ladies, ditch those see-through garments with new styles such as the 3/4 sleeve and short-sleeve blouses. Men, check out the ultra-soft shirts featuring straight bodyline cuts, which are breathable to help keep the body cool in Singapore’s intense heat.
MUJI, available at various locations including ION Orchard, Paragon and Plaza Singapura
When it comes to effortless styles, Uniqlo nails it. It’s no surprise that the label carries a wide range of linen pieces that includes its exclusive collaboration with British designer J.W. Anderson. However, don’t expect 100% linen; its shirts, blouses, dresses, sweaters, skirts, trousers, shorts, jumpsuits and even stoles are mostly blended with cotton or rayon.
Uniqlo, available at multiple locations including UNIQLO Orchard Central (Global Flagship Store), Suntec City, Bugis+, Jem, ION Orchard, VivoCity and online
A fashion haven for minimalists, the Hong-Kong label is also known for its direct-to-consumer rep, providing great ready-to-wear pieces made from the quality fabrics in the world. In natural earthy tones, its line of French and Irish linen for both men and women includes dresses, tops and bottoms that are not only soft, comfy and easy to wear, but are totally easy to style with.
Grana, available online with free delivery for orders over $110
Singapore’s eco-friendly and vegan fashion label Zhai packs a punch when it comes to breezy wardrobe staples made with natural fibres like bamboo and flax-made linen. Its 100% linen collection is not only soft, but is also perfect for your skin, providing relief from the city’s hot weather thanks to its moisture-wicking abilities and air permeability. For bright prints, intricate embroidery and playful styles, check out sister brand Santorini.
Zhai, #02-26, Tanglin Mall, 163 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247933
Bringing Europe styles to Singapore, Spanish fashion label Massimo Dutti hits the spot with its dedicated linen section – Linen Collection and Linen Bloom – featuring on-trend menswear and womenswear respectively. With their hallmark of exclusive dedication, high-quality materials and combinations of textures and styles, you can find quality linen shirts and suits in neutral colours for the gents, as well as printed blouses, checkered suits, T-shirts with lace details and ruffles for the ladies.
Massimo Dutti, available at multiple locations including ION Orchard, Ngee Ann City and VivoCity
Made in Singapore, and designed with the modern woman in mind, local label Arete Goods offers luxurious 100% linen shirtdresses, skirts and shirts that are perfect for an everyday wear without compromising comfort. Its feminine pieces are made from natural material and fabrics that are sourced from renowned mills in Italy, Japan and India. Psst… there’s a massive clearance sale happening from today onwards at its Paya Lebar boutique and online.
Arete Goods, #07-14, AZ@Paya Lebar, 140 Paya Lebar, Singapore 409015
When it comes to dreamy, summer styles, this Aussie label knows a thing or two. Its range of vibrant linen flare blouses, off-shoulder dresses, buttoned-down shirtdresses and more are designed with gorgeous silhouettes that fit bodies of all types. No doubt, shopping at Blue Bungalow will have your beach vacation looks sorted.
Blue Bungalow, available online with delivery to Singapore
The White Company
As its name suggests, everything at this London label is white – well, most of it. Besides lush bed linen, home accessories and fragrances, The White Company also does a great line of monotoned breezy, simple everyday casuals like T-shirts, trousers and shirtdresses great for sunny days, as well as robes and nighties for a comfy night in.
The White Company, available online with delivery to Singapore
Celebrating over 30 years of providing quality pieces to our fashion wardrobes and homes, Garnet Hill is one to look out for luxurious linen. With a dedicated section for women – The Linen Shop – you can find everything from printed dresses and tunics to monotoned shirts and bottoms made from pure, sustainable French flax.
Garnet Hill, available online with delivery to Singapore