Get your wardrobe prepped with this season’s coolest material
It’s imperative to adapt your wardrobe according to the season and it’s a good idea to get it in shape nice and early. Luckily, the mercury in the thermometer is only just reaching double figures so you’ve got yourself a little longer to devise your plan of action. As a friendly heads-up though, the chunky knits and thick ply cotton shirts that saw you so stylishly through the winter will soon be working against you, so why not try something different: why not try linen?
Made from the fibres of the flax plant linum usitatissimum, linen gets softer with every wash and provides a cool feeling against your skin. It can be worn in many styles, whether you’re looking for a casual shirt for the weekend or smarter suiting for the sauna - formerly known as the office.
Providing a durable and versatile option, linen is one of only a few fabrics that are stronger wet than dry. Twice as durable as cotton, three times as durable as wool and able to absorb as much as 20% of its weight in moisture before feeling wet to the touch, you’re guaranteed to be feeling fresh and cool for longer. Plus, thanks to its clever temperature-regulating properties, in hot weather linen will absorb not only moisture but excess heat and when temperatures inevitably drop once again, it’s highly absorbent advantages make it an expert conductor of heat.
Linen shirts make a comfortable, wearable alternative and garments made from the fabric tend to come in lighter shades - perfect for the season. Whatever your preference when it comes to patterns, whether it’s checks, stripes or tried-and-tested plain designs, there’s something for everyone.
It may sound obvious, but shorts are a key trend this season and in terms of linen, this adjustable option injects some vibrant colour into your casual ensemble while a smarter design makes a smart shirt and blazer combo a fine choice.
In terms of outfits, as always, it depends on where you’re headed. If it’s a garden party, why not try a short-sleeved check shirt with shorts and some season-essential boat shoes. An evening stroll could command a more layered-up approach in the form of an on-trend floral shirt underneath a smart herringbone blazer. Finally, if it’s time for work, go for this stunning silk and linen blend jacket and trouser mix.
So that’s linen: the cooler, lighter alternative for when the sun finally has his hat on.