Hello; Carson here!
I’m not sure where you may be reading this, but I’m currently writing this blog post in lovely Nashville, TN. Although Nashville is a great place to spend the summer, OH BOY does it get hot! Just today the heat index reached 100 degrees F! It can be a struggle to look polished and put together in the blazing heat, so it’s important to assess which fabrics and materials you want to step out in. Linen has been a go-to summer staple for generations, and with good reason. Keep reading to understand the hype about linen, and how you can style it this summer!
Why Linen is a Summer Staple:
Due to its weave and specific fibers, linen fabric is breathable and has excellent air permeability. It’s distinct structure means it stays away from your skin, allowing better airflow over your body. Linen is a “stiff” fabric and is less likely to cling (who wants that?); when it billows away, it quickly dries out and becomes cool again.
Another great aspect of linen is it’s capability of absorbing moisture and then quickly yielding it. Because of its molecular structure, linen fabric can absorb as much as a 1/5 of its weight before giving a feeling of being damp at all. In other words – your linen pieces will absorb lots of perspiration and it is unlikely it will ever feel clammy! Linen weave is also a great reflector of heat, so it has a “shading” property to it.
Clothing that acts like an automatic cooling system? Take that, summer heat!
Tips on Traveling with Linen:
Linen pieces are awesome to take to the beach or other warm destinations. I often get questions on how to pack it to eliminate the amount of wrinkles, so here’s a few tips to consider:
-Hang linen items in a garment bag and leave hanging for the duration of your travel. This might not be reasonable if you’re flying a long distance, but if you’re driving or have a spot to hang a garment bag, it really is the best way to keep wrinkles from forming.
-Suitcases that are tightly packed cause greater pressure on clothes, which means the creases are more likely to set. If you’re able to pack less overall, do so, but at least try to pack less in the suitcase that your linen clothes will go in.
-Unpack your linen as soon as you arrive and get it on a hanger. The more time the fabric has to hang, the better! You can hang it in the bathroom while you shower, and the steam will help release some of the wrinkles.
-Pack wrinkle release spray! This is a good travel essential to keep in your suitcase. You can also try spritzing the fabric with water, and blowing out the wrinkles with a hair dryer.
-Don’t forget to pack nude undergarments! Even if you’re not traveling, it’s important to remember that light colored linen can sometimes for unforgiving with pantie lines. Nude is always the least noticeable (even over white) because it blends in with the skin.
How to Style Linen This Summer
1.) Drawstrings and Joggers
Wide-legged, flowy pants might be the traditional linen look that comes to mind, but try a more modern and fresh take this summer. Jogger pants are still comfortable and breezy, but give a much more chic and streamlined look. They’re also super versatile- dress them up with wedges, or keep it casual with your favorite sandals. Drawstring shorts are flattering on a wide range of body types, and are more current than tight, stiff shorts or (dare I say it) bermudas. Drawstring shorts are equally as comfy as running/athletic shorts, but give a much more elevated, casual look!
2.) Style With Structure
Since linen tends to be billowy and doesn’t lay close to the skin, it’s important to not appear too frumpy. Even if you opt for a shift or sheath style, still be sure that it fits close to your body and doesn’t overwhelm your frame. You can look for styles that define your waistline- such a dress with a cinched waist or high-waisted pants. Remember, the smallest part of our waist is right below our last rib!
3.) Pair Linen with Other Summer Loves
There’s no better way to show off a summer classic than by pairing it with other summer favorites! Linen looks awesome with denim, turquoise, gold jewelry/sandals, espadrilles, summer hats, wedges, neck scarves, tassel jewelry, and the list goes on! Soak up the season by mixing some of your summer loves with linen!
I hope this has given you a renewed love for linen! Here’s to beating the heat in style this summer!