It can be frustrating, but retail collections are often out of sync with our actual seasons. I’m browsing though page after page of warm weather clothing…while wearing a cashmere pullover. But if I wait until I actually need or can wear a particular item, often the selection has dwindled while retail is off chasing the next Shiny New Season.
So I’ve learned to shop (and buy) ahead of season. Right now, I’m thinking about our trip in late June and early July to France and England. We’ve experienced both very warm and very chilly conditions on prior visits during those months. Chilly, I’m prepared for, and have plenty of choices to pack. But my warm weather travel-friendly pieces could use a refresh.
Linen Clothes For Travel
Linen for travel? Yes, absolutely! It’s cool, lightweight, dries more quickly than cotton, and is surprisingly insulating for navigating between outdoor heat and indoor air-conditioning. “But the wrinkles!!!” Yes, it does show creases more than many fabrics. Personally, a rumpled linen piece doesn’t bother me. It’s the nature of the fabric. You can also “broomstick” many linen pieces, to create a more intentional creased look.
A relaxed linen button front shirt like this one can do double-duty in a travel wardrobe. Wear buttoned on its own, or open as a lightweight jacket alternative. I almost always pack one in white for warm weather travel. If white isn’t your preference, several other colors offered in Misses, Petites, Plus and Tall sizes.
If wrinkles make woven linen a non-starter, look for linen jersey knits, like the shirt above. (Plus). A button-front shirt looks a little more polished than most tees IMO, and you can turn up the collar to keep sun off your neck.
And here’s one in Plus. (h/t to Joie in comments)
A linen sweater or cardigan can be another good option for summer travel, just enough when it cools down in the evening. I love the “toffee cream” color of this sheer cropped cardigan. (Misses/Petites/Plus sizes.)
I’ve been hoping to replace an older navy striped linen pullover for years now. This one looks just about perfect!
I’m a little less enthusiastic about linen bottoms, as I find many of the relaxed pant styles offered are a bit too “beachy” for me. (Though if your travel plans include a beach or resort destination…go for it!) But a slim, jeans-style linen-blend pant…I might be persuaded. (Similar in Plus.)
If skirts are your preference, this classic knee-length skirt gets good reviews, and won’t restrict movement.
Do you include linen pieces in your travel wardrobes?