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Linen for Life
August 7, 2017|CasualEleganceFashion Tips

Linen for Life

Linen for Life

Love is like linen, often changed, the sweeter.

With summer just around the corner, it’s time to get our wardrobes in check. When the sun does decide to come out, and especially summer is the well know Wedding season, and when sees men lose comprehension of how heat works, as they slip on padded jackets, waistcoats, even tweed, without thinking about how their sweat-slicked face will look in the post-ceremony photos.

Invited to a wedding or not when summer hit the extreme, we’ll want to feel comfortable and cool, while still maintaining your meticulous style standards – that’s where linen comes in.

Linen offers the sun-drenched man all manner of benefits. It’s riddled with tiny holes, which means air circulates freely, so you keep your cool while all around you are losing theirs. Not only that, it can absorb an inordinate amount of water without showing it, so no tell-tale sweat marks when you’re suffering through hours of self-written vows.

Crafted from plant fibers, this fine material is praised for its lightweight form and breathability, making it arguably the perfect fabric for when temperatures rise. Not only does it feel good, but it looks good too, lending itself to the classic, gentlemanly look of times gone by.

What is Linen?

Linen is a natural fiber made from the stalks of the flax plant Linum privatissimum. There is evidence to suggest that a linen manufacturing industry was in operation in Egypt over 4,000 years ago. Knowledge of the processes involved in making linen was eventually carried into southern Europe via the Phoenicians, but it was Belfast in Northern Ireland that became the linen hub of the world, producing almost all of the fabric during the Victorian era.

Bed linen was coveted by the upper classes for its cool and soft feeling against the skin, becoming a mark of wealth and social standing. These days, textiles account for the majority of linen grown, with clothing forming only a very small percentage, making a well-sourced and cared for linen shirt an all the more valuable addition to your wardrobe.

Linen V/S Cotton

The Coolness

Linen is highly breathable, much more so than cotton due to its comparatively lower thread counts. Take bed sheets, for example. A fine Egyptian cotton bed sheet will start at about a 200 thread count, while a similar quality linen sheet will have a thread count of between 80 and 150.

Absorbency

Linen has a very high moisture absorbency rate, making it the ideal summer fabric for hot and humid climates. It’s also hypoallergenic, which means sweat is less likely to break down its fibers.
Combined with its lack of elasticity, this ability to quickly absorb and wick away moisture from the body accounts for the ease with which linen can crease.

Resilience & Longevity

While linen is 30 per cent stronger than cotton, its chief advantage is its longevity. Although a brand new cotton shirt will feel smoother and silkier to the touch, linen only really starts coming into its own after about three to five years of wear.
It tends to become softer and shinier with each wash too, whereas cotton does the opposite. Flax fibres don’t stretch a great deal and are resistant to damage caused by abrasion, which generally speaking is a good thing, although repeated folding and ironing can wear out collars on linen shirts.

Must Have:

To help get you through the summer months in style, we’re set to highlight ten warm-weather classics that should be in every style-conscious gent’s capsule wardrobe.
If you don’t already own all of these, it’s time you added them to your shopping list.

1. The White Linen Shirt

Light, airy and breathable, the linen shirt is a definite must-have when it comes to keeping comfortable in the heat.
Not only will a white option work with a knitted tie for hot days in the city, it’s also ideal for rolling up and throwing in your suitcase for a summer getaway – wear it to the bar or by the pool, it will see you through any holiday scenario in style.

2. Linen Suit

To wear linen confidently is to embrace the materials relaxed crumpledness, and the easiest way to do this is with a linen suit. Ideal for a relaxed summer wedding, particularly in a shade of tan, a simple two-piece allows you to beat the heat and still look smart.
Finish with a gingham shirt in crisp cotton to add in both contrasting textures and patterns.

3. Linen Tailored Shorts

Shorts for the summertime are a must, and linen shorts have you covered if you’re after a slightly more formal aesthetic.
Coming in a range of neutral shades, this stone-colored, 100 per cent linen pair will prove the perfect accompaniment to a crisp white shirt and leather sandals for those impromptu afternoon drinks in the sun.

 

Cheers fellas! 

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