It's cool, breathable and looks incredibly sophisticated. Plus, even structured linen pieces are breezy, due to the nature of the fabric, and it's appropriate for work, the bar or weekend errands. And don't try to tell me, "Oh, but it wrinkles so easily, and I hate ironing!" I don't even own an iron. Part of the charm of linen is its hopelessly wrinkled state, from sitting in the car or bending down to put on shoes. But if you're wearing linen, it's summertime and it's hot, and who can be bothered to iron in those conditions?
Tropical Linen Shift, Gap, $59.50
Antonia Dress, JCrew, $165
And just a few guidelines to make all of your linen experiences breezy and delightful...
- White is clean, classic, and coolest. It also requires the right undergarments - always wear beige/flesh tone under white, or go commando.
- Hand-wash good linen to keep its shape and resist pilling over wears.
- Don't wear two billowy pieces at once; pair wide-legged linen pants with a tailored oxford or camp shirt, or pair the loose linen tunic with form-fitting Bermudas.
Stay cool everyone!