Now we're in the spring/summer months, it's the perfect time to swap your heavier fabrics for materials that are light and breezy. Linen is the perfect option for this, whether you're opting for a casual weekend shirt or a work blazer. Today's Menswear Diaries entry covers how to wear the most essential summer fabric.

Linen blazers are perfect for both smart and causal summer dressing. Colour opportunities are endless but I'm particularly fond of the style in pale hues such as pastels and neutrals. Whether you work in a creative industry or are heading off on a stylish city break this summer, a linen blazer will look great teamed with anything from a cotton shirt and coloured chinos to a simple tee and tailored shorts.

For a more formal approach, opt for a luxe linen suit this summer. Not only are they much cooler for a hot summer in the city, but they also make a stylish change from other suit styles. Wear with a tie for the boardroom and client meetings, or unbuttoned for a slightly more casual take. Of course, the trouble with linen is that it creases; a linen and cotton mix is the perfect solution to this.

Linen shirts are an ideal choice for casual weekend wear, or creative industries when teamed with smart trousers and shoes. Beige or khaki styles are bang on-trend for SS13, tapping in to the obsession with safari-style. Also, the great thing about casual linen shirts is that if they crease, it simply adds to the stylish effect.

Buy into the trend: We have many linen options in our SS13 collection, but one of my personal favourites is the 1971 Parody blazer which is crafted in a cotton and linen blend. There is actually more cotton in this style, meaning it won't crease; but there's just enough linen to give it the summer-style effect.

For even more inspiration, shop our Lighten up in Linen trend now.