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Lovely Linen

J.Crew Linen Pineapple Print Tee

Once Summer’s heat starts to set in, fabrics that are lightweight and breathe are crucial to warm weather comfort. Cotton is a summer staple, but did you know that:

  • Linen is made from flax, which requires less water to and fewer pesticides to grow than cotton, making it more environmentally friendly.
  • Linen is a stronger fabric than cotton, providing more longevity in garments (meaning fewer worn out clothes in land fills).
  • Many linen garments can be washed or hand washed and line dried, again good for the environment.
  • Linen feels wonderful to wear in just about any climate.
  • Linen is lightweight and great for travel.
The downside of linen is that it can wrinkle easily, which is why the newest generation of linen knits and jerseys are such wonderful options: all of the upsides of linen without the wrinkles! Eileen Fisher has been doing some wonderful linen jerseys for a few years now, and J.Crew, Ann Taylor LOFT, J.Jill and other retailers have also hopped aboard the linen knit bandwagon. 

Do you wear linen? What are your favorite pieces?

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25 Comments

  1. June 7, 2013 / 12:12 pm

    I am on board for the blends – I never iron, so pure linen’s out. But these drapey tops look terrific for Florida summer.

  2. June 7, 2013 / 1:38 pm

    I do iron my linen and do not mind at all when it wrinkles when worn. Also, I think it feels great on the skin. We also sleep on linen sheets for the same reason.

    My only complaint about Eileen Fisher’s linen jersey is that it is transparent and requires wearing a tank top or camisole underneath which is NOT what we want to do in hotter than hell Texas. I’ll be looking for companies that make a linen knit thick enough to be worn on its on. Also, even though I buy quite a bit of EF, it is hard to justify the prices on some of the t-shirt type items.

  3. June 7, 2013 / 1:45 pm

    I feel kind of dumbfounded that I didn’t know there were linen knits and jerseys now. I’ve always avoided them because of the wrinkle factor, but seriously may need to reconsider that decision..

  4. June 7, 2013 / 2:02 pm

    I love linen!
    Must look for those Eileen Fisher pieces.
    There is a lovely teacher at our school who is a redhead and has freckles, she wears white linen and looks so elegant. I am constantly admiring her outfits. Sure they wrinkle but they look so cool and rather Out of Africa romantic.
    Have a great weekend!

  5. June 7, 2013 / 3:56 pm

    I packed a few pieces. And now just need more sun to really enjoy them. Currently wearing a navy v-neck J Crew linen tee.

  6. June 7, 2013 / 4:29 pm

    I love linen for when its very hot!! I do iron it, then forget about the wrinkle factor. It’s just part of the charm. Most of my linen is white, which I layer because of transparency. My favorites are usually from Sarah Pacini.

  7. Marla Robinson
    June 7, 2013 / 10:05 am

    I love the look of linen but not the way it feels against my skin. My favorite for summer is cotton gauze.

  8. RoseAG
    June 7, 2013 / 11:02 am

    I like that button-front ss sweater, it’d be a blouse substitute.

  9. Pam @ over50feeling40
    June 7, 2013 / 11:58 am

    I have always liked linen, and then regret purchasing it. I really try to stay away from it!

  10. Madame Là-bas
    June 7, 2013 / 1:10 pm

    I bought some linen t-shirts at Monoprix and have really enjoyed layering them because they are so light. I have bought linen pants that were difficult to maintain because I am not a committed ironer.

  11. June 7, 2013 / 9:14 pm

    Absolutely love linen. When traveling in hot places linen is the only material I can survive in! There are different weights of linen, some of it is quite heavy, like canvas. My favourite is the hankdkerchief weight Irish linen, divine.

    LL Bean’s linen shirts are very good classics and come in pretty colours. Too boxy cuts don’t look as good to me as the tailored styles. The wrinkling simply doesn’t bother me- part of its charm. I bought several linen knit sweaters @ J. Crew, great but they do snag easily.

  12. Chicatanyage
    June 7, 2013 / 3:40 pm

    I wear lots of linen in France when it gets really hot. It is a lovely cool material. Not so much in London somehow it does not seem right in the city.

  13. Cornelia
    June 7, 2013 / 4:55 pm

    Eileen Fisher linens are my summer staples. Her Irish handerkerchief linen is butter soft, and I don’t think I could face AC without her wonderful linen knit cardigans. I discovered them a few years back, and wear them (like a little old lady) draped over my shoulder.

  14. mette
    June 7, 2013 / 5:13 pm

    Daniela Gregis has some special designs I like. I like the look of flat linen, but wrinkles are fine as well.
    The environmental aspect of linen is of importance too.

  15. nina
    June 7, 2013 / 7:18 pm

    If I could, I would live in a linen caftan all Summer… sandals and minimal undies… yes.. it
    yes, it’s how much I love it….

  16. nina
    June 7, 2013 / 7:18 pm

    Bon week-end!!

    Cécile

  17. June 8, 2013 / 11:51 am

    just bought a pink Kate Spade linen frock in Old Honkers! Cannot wait to wear it xxxx

  18. birdybegins
    June 8, 2013 / 4:08 pm

    I have worn linen, but only casually as the wrinkles bother me (I don’t mind them on other people, just on me). England isn’t generally what I’d call hot so it’s not so necessary to have fabrics to beat the heat.

  19. coffeeaddict
    June 8, 2013 / 8:48 pm

    I’m a huge fan of linen. It’s a summer must for pants, tunics and knit tops. My dream wardrobe would include the perfect pair of white linen casual wide leg trousers and a safariesque natural linen suit. Still looking for both…

  20. June 9, 2013 / 5:34 pm

    Linen has always been one of my favorite fabrics. In the 80s, when I first discovered its cool comfort and beauty, I was smitten.

  21. June 9, 2013 / 5:36 pm

    I think my comment disappeared..
    I’m a huge fan of linen. I was first smitten in the 80s when I discovered its cool comfort and raw beauty (the wrinkles! I love that part).

  22. June 9, 2013 / 11:15 pm

    I stopped wearing linen years ago because, spaz that I am, I tend to iron my own arm more than the garment. But I have a pink linen skirt that I’ve worn recently that I can get away with using the steamer on so it works for me. I’m open to a few more pieces if I can find something similarly forgiving.

    Spashionista (Alicia)

  23. June 10, 2013 / 3:27 am

    I’ve worn linen in the past, but don’t have any pieces currently. Must check out these blends!

  24. June 10, 2013 / 10:47 am

    I love linen, and wear it as much as I can. That pineapple t-shirt from JCrew, though, is incredibly thin and thus absolutely transparent. As others have said, having to layer these shirts kind of defeats the purpose, so I passed.

  25. June 10, 2013 / 3:41 pm

    I LOVE linen; maybe because wrinkles have never bothered me! I always find it on sale–because so many stay away from it because of the wrinkle factor. I love it for all the reasons you stated AND it is very COOL. (as in temperature) xoxo

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