We often think of linen as being a stiff fabric that creases easily, but if it's cut on the bias, it takes on a different property altogether. It is therefore suitable for many body shapes. Cool to the touch and very breathable, it makes for a good choice in hot weather.
If you have a curvy figure or carry weight around your torso or thigh area, look for linen that has been cut on the bias. It will drape over these areas rather than stand off (which will add pounds to your frame).
Of course if you are more rectangular or column shaped, a crisp linen is ideal to give you a flattering silhouette.