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Forget the Old Rules About Not Wearing Linen Before Memorial Day

The weather is doing what it wants, so why shouldn’t you don a sharp linen jacket like this one whenever you want?

Photograph: Courtesy of H&M

As with the color white, linen fashions for men once hewed to the silly and fairly arbitrary not before Memorial Day rule. Thankfully, in the same way that politicians’ positions on issues great and small seem to be “evolving,” so too have views on the immensely practical, highly comfortable, mercifully breathable fabric that has long been a summer staple.

Take this stylish, classically styled linen blazer from H&M. Fully lined and textured with lightly brushed linen (and available in four colors), it’s the perfect for this seemingly endless ’tween spell in which our souls daily cry out for spring, but the weather stubbornly refuses its full cooperation. The only thing better than the look is the immensely reasonable price—it’s cheaper than most sunglasses.

 $70 at H&M, 840 N. Michigan Ave.

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