For many years, linen has been a popular summer fabric among men as well as women. Think back do the days of Imperial India when this poplar fabric was a must for the Brits facing the soaring tropical heat day in day out.
The main benefit of wearing linen clothes in hot weather is the coolness they provide. Thanks to the weave and fibres used linen fabrics means they stay away from your skin allowing better airflow over your body. Linen is a “stiff” fabric and is less likely to cling to the skin; when it billows away, it quickly dries out and becomes cool again. Clothes made of linen possess high air permeability, which allows air to flow through the fabric easily enabling the body to breathe.
Keeping you Cool
Another positive feeling you can have when wearing a linen dress, linen top or any other piece of linen clothing is that the body is free of moisture.
Linen is highly absorbent and a good conductor of heat. Your linen garment feels cool to the touch and the linen fabric will quickly remove moisture from the skin.
Some people avoid linen as it is a fabric that lines and creases easily. Consider this a character flaw if you must, but those who love to keep cool and fashionable at the same time embrace it. It’s a fact, linen creases and creases, and keeps on creasing the more you wear it. But as soon as you realise that linen clothing looks best when it is beautifully rumpled, you will wear your linen clothes with pride, and make your peace with the crease.
Removing the WrinklesSo once you’ve invested in some crisp, cool linen dresses, tops or trousers ahead of your summer holiday you can try these tips to help get rid of all the wrinkles from your favourite items before packing them or wearing them out:
- Set your iron to the highest heat, and turn on the steam.
- Wet a cotton tea towel or a cotton T-shirt: soak it through, but wring it out so it’s not dripping wet.
- Place the damp tea towel or T-shirt over your linen garment and iron it.
The result is a smooth, un-scorched linen, courtesy of the moisture.
And you don’t have to limit your linen fashion wardrobe to the summer. A lightweight jacket or cardigan paired with a favourite linen blouse can see you through spring to summer and into autumn. You can also swap light colours for darker ones, and tissue-weight tops for heavier linen blends. Limited only by your imagination and tastes, fine linen garments can add an extra dimension to your wardrobe all year round. So remember, linen doesn’t just have to be for summer.
At Goose Island, we source all of our collections directly from designers in Italy who have a history in developing fashions from a range of fabrics and in particular linen. Check out our range of linen clothing on our website