Linen is not a fabric I’ve gravitated to in the past. Mostly because when is it ever hot enough to wear linen in England? But also because linen is notoriously known for creasing and ain’t nobody got time to be looking like a crumpled up piece of tissue - at least that’s what I used to think. Right now I can safely say that my thoughts on linen have been changed and I’m totally pro- linen this summertime!
So what is this linen and from where does it obtain it’s amazing cooling properties you ask? Well good old google says that Linen is a natural fibre made from the stalks of the flax plant Linum usitatissimum. Google did also say a lot more about the science behind why it keeps us cool but I was lost at Linum usitatissimum so I’m gonna leave that to the scientists and tell you my personal reasons as to why I love linen.
The main reason why I love linen is it’s cooling properties. This is apparently due to the way the linen fibres are weaved into fabric. They allow air flow and keep the fabric from sticking to the body which means air penetrates the fabric easier and keeps the body cool.
Linen is also a highly absorbent fabric which is great for those hot days when you’re feeling like a proper sweaty Betty. It removes perspiration from the skin and because of its structure it is able to absorb as much as 1/5 of its weight before it feels damp or wet.
STRENGTH AND LONGEVITY
So as someone who loves to get the most wear out of my products I have to say that the strength and longevity of linen is a huge selling point for me. Linen is extremely durable and lasts long. This is great if you don’t want to keep replenishing your summer staples year in and year out and want to make sure that your summer clothes will see you through many summers to come.
IT LOOKS FAB ON
Linen is actually quite chic and versatile and it looks fab on! That’s another one of the reasons why I love it so much. There is just a certain something about a linen outfit that feels a little bit sophisticated and polished and I love that about this amazing fabric. I especially love it when it’s in different colours and away from the neutral palette of its fibres. I find that it looks much more current and a lot more fun.
These are just my opinions on linen anyway but I’d love to know what you think about linen? Yay or nay!?