Summer in the city is unmatched because the warm weather opens up endless possibilities. You can plan picnics with friends, head to the beach for the day, or pack a bag and hop on a plane. Basically, you can be out in the world living your best life. But with the prospect of hotter days comes with its own set of wardrobe challenges. Having a Hot Girl Summer, in theory, is great until you’re actually overheating because you don’t own the right clothes. Having an arsenal of summer clothing that can keep you looking cool (in every definition of the word) on a summer day is a must—which is something that veteran New Yorkers and Parisians know well.
You see, it’s not just about having great platform sandals or date-night dresses on hand, but the secret I’ve found (after doing some deep scrolling) is owning great linen separates. Linen is the one fabric that’s so polished, versatile, and functional that it promotes itself into staple status among the fashion set. So in that vein, I’ve done some deep scrolling to identify the six linen staples the New York and Paris fashion sets wear in the summer. These are not only the best linen clothes for summer you can buy, but they’ll also guarantee you survive the scorching heat in style no matter where you live.