Eco-friendly, cool and stylish, white linen evokes images of warm weather and beach holidays. Like a lot of people, I haven’t always been a huge fan and largely avoided linen clothing. I thought the linen styles were generally a little outdated, not very stylish and generally “heavy”. And then there’s the issue around all that creasing! But the cool linen styles and trends we’ve been spotting for summer, have made me revise my previous views on linen fashion. Add to this the eco-credentials of linen, and the fact that it is actually the perfect summer fabric, and I’ve pretty much been converted. Here’s why you should consider investing in some linen clothing too…
The perfect summer fabric?
Linen is not only one of the most sustainable fabrics, but it’s also the ideal fabric for summer. It’s a lightweight, loosely woven natural fabric that allows heat to escape from the body. It also absorbs moisture and dries quickly. This all means that when you wear linen, you’ll remain as cool as a cucumber. Another bonus is that linen clothing doesn’t tend to stick to the body.
Linen softens the more you wash and wear it
Initially, your linen clothing can often feel rather crisp and sometimes scratchy, however, through time and use, the fabric becomes soft and supple to the touch. Linen also boasts longevity adding to its sustainability credentials. In addition, because linen fibres are thicker than cotton fibres, a lower thread count can achieve high quality, enduring linen fabric.
Embrace the creasing!
A bit of crumple in your summer linen dress adds to the overall look and charm of wearing linen. If your linen clothing needs some freshening up, use a steamer to soften the deeper and more noticeable creases. In the end, know and accept that linen will crease. Let it be and perhaps wear linen clothing where a more relaxed look is appropriate.
Styling your linen clothing
We currently have a fab limited collection of cool summer linen styles on Equilibrio. Here are some of our favourites for a laid back summer look. Linen is best paired together with other summer fabrics light silk and cotton. Accessories are a must. Think rattan, bamboo and jute bags and interesting earrings or layers of gold jewellery. Finish the look with leather sandals, wedges, espadrille or some of the fabulous barely there or sculptural midi-heels that are so hot right now.
THE LINEN DRESS
One of the most versatile linen clothing items to own is the linen maxi or mid-shin midi dress. While I’m wearing mine more casually with messy curls, some cute summer sandals and uber-trendy heels, you can smarten up the look for the office with a blazer or a special occasion with some bling.
Smudj Jemima Dress, White Linen BlendProduct on sale
Isabel de Villiers Picnic Dress, Coral Linen BlendR1,400 – R1,500
Isabel de Villiers Side Frill Dress, Red Linen BlendR1,250 – R1,450
Isabel de Villiers Side Frill Dress, Coral Linen BlendR1,250 – R1,450
Isabel de Villiers Picnic Dress, Black Linen BlendR1,400 – R1,500
Isabel de Villiers Side Frill Dress, Black Linen BlendR1,250 – R1,450
My next favourite linen clothing item is simply the most comfortable summer pants, linen jogger and culottes. I’m keeping my look vacay casual but these can be dressed up with some heels, statement jewellery and a nice bright lip.
Smudj Nate Oversized Jumpsuit, Rose DustProduct on sale
Smudj Nate Oversized Jumpsuit, Milk Linen BlendProduct on sale
JMVB Straight Leg Pants, Sage Linen BlendR950
JMVB Straight Leg Cropped Pants, Seafoam Linen BlendR879
Good Ashley Pants, Tangerine Linen BlendR1,100
Smudj Arco Pants, Black Linen BlendR1,390
Smudj Wide Leg Track Pants, White LinenProduct on sale
Smudj Daniel Capri Pants, Mushroom LinenProduct on sale
COOL LINEN TOP
Linen tops can be worn layered over linen pants, leggings or with jeans.
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This post was first created in November 2019, latest update 11 November 2021.