6 reasons to go shopping for linen

Updated: May 22

We all know that linen is one of the best fabrics to wear during the summer because it's light, it breathes, and it keeps us cool. However, more than any other fabric, it tends to wrinkle and generally looks creased whilst wearing it. You either embrace this relaxed look or sweat it out in an alternative fabric, because like ageing there is no way to avoid it.

Linen is one of the best fabrics to wear during the summer because it's light, it breathes, and it keeps us cool although, more than any other fabric, it tends to wrinkle and look creased while we wear it. You either embrace this relaxed look or sweat it out in an alternative fabric, because like ageing there is no way to avoid it.

A few of my close friends tell me they find ironing really therapeutic, particularly a one-two hour weekend session. I cannot relate to this, although I agree, that time-out with music on, the heat of a steaming iron and a pile of creased up clothes is definitely a Sunday session of sorts.

So why is linen a great fabric? Linen fabric is made from the cellulose fibres that grow inside the stalks of one of the oldest cultivated plants in human history, the Flax plant. A Flax only lives for one growing season, so it is an annual plant which is why linen is usually only available in shops seasonally unless you are on holiday or live in a hot climate. Shopping for a couple of pieces of linen garments is a good investment.  Italy and Spain are renowned for making high-quality linen. In fact, the most beautiful traditional linen can be sourced across Spain were bedding, interiors and clothing are available in abundance. Italy is also renowned for high-quality, luxury linen, particularly on the Island of Capri were justifiably every single small Island boutiques sells quality linen. The true beauty of linen is it does not matter how old you are, linen works on everyone and it is a practical fabric to wear in the heat so whether you shy away from linen or you embrace it is always worth investing in a few essential linen garments. Here are 6 plant-powered reasons to invest in the art of linen: 1. Linen is a plant-powered fibre, derived from a natural source, a Flax plant 2. Linen dries quickly, therefore, is wearable in the heat 3. Linen is highly absorbent, therefore a great conductor of heat 4. Linen feels nice and cool against our skin and it is nice to touch 5. Linen very quickly removes perspiration from the skin 6. Linen is less likely to cling to the skin, as it billows against the skin, blowing it away. If you do not own a pair of cut-off linen trousers, a linen shirt or linen shirt dress or a long floaty linen dress of sorts consider investing in a couple of decent quality linen garments next time you go shopping or you are travelling. If you enjoy a really light-hearted read subscribe to my blog.

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