Spring & Summer

Linen Looks You’ll Love This Spring & Summer

Cool, natural, and sophisticated, or a crumpled mess? What’s your take on linen? If you love the look and feel of linen in spring and summer, then here are some breezy linen outfits that are relaxed and dreamy.

taupe linen pants

 

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Why Linen?

There’s no better fabric for staying cool in hot and muggy weather than linen. It’s made from fibers of the flax plant, making it highly absorbent. It wicks away moisture, which is why it’s popular in tropical hotspots like Africa and Egypt.  No other fabric can keep you cool and dry and prevent overheating.

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Linen - Shorts

shorts | top | sneakers | bag | earrings

But What About All Those Wrinkles?

Yes, linen wrinkles. Linen lovers will tell you it’s simply a part of the fabric’s charm. All that crinkling and wrinkling give linen a hip, effortless vibe and a kind of old-world, casual elegance.

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Linen - Pink Dress

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Do you Love Linen?

I love the look of linen. When it’s styled well, it comes across as chic and monied. Every spring, I buy something linen like an orange linen boyfriend jacket, a pair of white linen pants, or a colorful linen shirt. But usually, after wearing linen for just half an hour, I start to feel shabby.

Call me terribly tidy, but I don’t like all the creasing, and I’m uncomfortable wearing a rumpled look. Linen can also be scratchy, although it does lessen the more you wash it. Still, I am drawn to linen and keep on trying to love it. I’m getting there!  I have been experimenting with many great linens blends like this linen blends cardigan, and I quite like them because they aren’t so high maintenance.

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linen - blue top

top | pants | sandals | bag | earrings

 

If linen is naturally your thing, there are some lovely pieces this spring. Eileen Fisher, a top brand for women over 40, is heavily into linen clothes.  I’ve also noticed some adorable linen shorts and 70’s inspired wide-leg pants, long and cropped. I love all the brightly colored linen dresses we’re seeing this spring, and linen shorts couldn’t be more popular.

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linen Pants Lavender

pants | top | heels | bag | earrings

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Structured vs. Unstructured Linen Pieces

Linen is relaxed and casual, which is fantastic for weekends and vacations. Think white drawstring pants, relaxed pleated shorts, breezy lace-up tunics, and dresses. Slightly more structured pieces like elegant, cropped linen pants and linen blazers can sometimes be suitable for everyday work (or if you want to wear one on a dress-down casual Friday).

How to Make Linen Look Crisp

If you want your linen to have a crisp look, set your iron to high, place a wet cotton cloth (not terry) wrung out over your linen item, and iron over the top of the cloth with steam. This prevents scorching and helps smooth out linen.  Remember, though, that linen will wrinkle no matter what, especially the more you move around and sweat.

If you hate to iron, Chico’s has some great no-iron linen shirts that I’ve tried and liked. These are 100% linen, not a blend, and when they come out of the dryer, they aren’t totally crip,  but they are pretty wrinkle-free in a relaxed way. You can steam them to look crisper.

 

 

Linen Pants - khaki

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What To Wear With Linen?

Linen looks fabulous with other natural fabrics such as cotton, denim, silk, and wool. Soft, natural leather, canvas, rope, and wood accessories complement linen. A slouchy leather bag or a wicker bag and rope espadrilles are in tune with laid-back flowy linen pieces.  The more tailored the linen, the more structured you can go with the accessories. For example, you could add a nice quilted leather bag with a gold chain strap to a pair of white pleated linen pants and a light, pretty blouse for a dressier look.

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7 thoughts on “Linen Looks You’ll Love This Spring & Summer

  1. When wearing linen pants, I always yank the pant legs up before sitting down. This takes the pressure off the knee area and prevents many wrinkles in the legs.

  2. A hair conditioner added to the rinse water while laundering linen is fantastic. Linen fibers relax. Ironing linen is easy, and fibers are comfortable for the skin. Linen last and becomes softer with each washing. I avoid conditioners with color. I love the classic look of linen.

  3. I’m like you (even though being European): I don’t like linen; it makes me feel shabby and old. And I hate ironing!

  4. Deborah: I’m waiting to hear what kind of summer tops go with wide-leg linen pants. If tunics are too bulky and I need to cover my arms, sorry, 72 and not so firm,

    1. Hi Paula,
      If you are wide on the bottom, you want to make sure you wear something on top that shows you have a waist (even if you don’t have much of one). Otherwise, wide on top + comprehensive on the bottom will make you look like a big box. I suggest a long-sleeved linen blouse that isn’t too baggy, or a 3/4 length or full neck or scoop neck top in a natural fabric like cotton or linen. You can wear a tunic over the top but make sure it is streamlined so it narrows slightly at the waist. Another idea is to wear a camisole the same color as your pants and then wear a linen jacket over the top in a different color. The all-one color underneath will help create a long, lean line under the coat, which is slimming. Here are a few more ideas you can pick up from pinterest:https://www.pinterest.ca/explore/wide-leg-linen-pants/?lp=true

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