Why Linen Clothing Should be Part of Your Summer Wardrobe
Linen is having a moment… a huge moment. When I open up my Instagram app, my feed is flooded with photos of beautiful bloggers wearing flowy linen clothing. From stylish jumpsuits to trendy puff sleeve dresses it feels like everyone is dressed in some type of linen this summer.
You’re probably wondering what the big deal is. Well, aside from aesthetics, clothing made from linen fabrics are perfect for summer’s hot, (and sometimes) humid weather. Here are 5 reasons why you’ll want to buy some linen pieces for your wardrobe this summer.
1. Linen keeps you cool in the heat.
I’m a big fan of summer; I spend all Fall and Winter awaiting its return. But let’s face it, when the temperature starts to rise above 80 degrees, all of us start to get a little sweaty. Enter linen.
Linen fabrics are famous for their moisture wicking capabilities. In fact, linen can absorb up to 20% of its weight in moisture. That’s why you’ll frequently find linen used in bed sheets, towels and most importantly) summer clothing. Plus, linen fabrics easily allow air to pass through them making it easier for your body to breathe in the summer heat.
In hot weather those dressed in linen clothes were shown to have skin temperatures 3°-4°C cooler than persons wearing clothing made from silk or cotton. According to some studies, a person wearing linen clothes perspires 1.5 times less than when dressed in cotton clothes and twice less than when dressed in viscose clothes. TDLR linen keeps us cool and helps us sweat less in high, summer temperatures.
Agnes Linen Shorts, Price: $68.96
2. Linen is lightweight.
Going on a summer road trip? Hopping on an airplane? Traveling is easier when you pack light and linen is a great choice. For reference, a 100% rayon dress weighs roughly 8.6 ounces whereas a linen dress of the same size weighs only 6.3 ounces.
Plus, linen clothing is easy to fold and packs down small in your suitcase or weekend duffel. Save that extra space in your luggage for some souvenirs and other purchases you make on your travels.
3. It’s a high quality fabric.
Linen is not new on the scene, in fact it was used to wrap ancient mummies that are still intact today. If that doesn’t pay testament to linen’s durability, I don’t know what does?!
Linen is 30% stronger than cotton and it’s fibers tend to improve with use; washing linens only makes them stronger, shinier, and softer. Linen fabrics are not fused with any elastics, which means that your clothing will not lose shape over time. As an added bonus, linen does not produce lint (hip hip hooray!).
Penelope Linen Dress, Price: $84.00
4. Linen is the perfect addition to your capsule wardrobe.
Linen clothing is made using classic patterns and cuts, making it the perfect addition to your capsule collection. Unlike patterned clothing, which can quickly go out of style, linen clothing is typically solid-colored giving it a timeless look.
Like any good capsule piece, you can dress linen up or down depending on the occasion. Whether you are headed to the beach, out to a fancy dinner, or to a bar with friends, linen will give you that effortlessly stylish look we all aspire to. And as I mentioned above, linen fabrics only get better with age so you can expect your investment to last a long time!
5. It’s environmentally friendly.
Linen is a natural fabric made from the fibers of the flax plant. The flax plant is easy to grow, requiring far less water than other popular textile plants like cotton. Linen is generally considered to be eco-friendly because it doesn’t take as many chemicals to produce as other fabrics.
Additionally, linen fabrics are 100% biodegradable! If you decide to retire a piece of linen clothing you don’t have to worry about it sitting for decades in a landfill.
Naomi Linen Jumpsuit, Price: $90.68
6. Linen is naturally hypoallergenic.
I recently got allergy tested and spoiler, the results weren’t great. The good news is that linen is hypoallergenic, meaning that it does not as readily collect allergens as other fabrics. The science behind linen’s hypoallergenic nature lies in its fibers. Linen fibers are straight whereas fibers like cotton have a corkscrew or spiral shape. These spiral-shaped fibers lock in dust and other allergens while Linen’s flat fibers make it much harder for these particles to attach.
BONUS: Because linen is naturally moisture wicking and dries faster than cotton, it doesn’t allow for bacteria to build up on your clothes.