Summers, particularly in Milwaukee, can be extremely hot and humid. Growing up in dry Western Siberia, I can barely tolerate mugginess. You might think that hot weather sounds nice, but I like the words starting with “c”— cool, calm and comfy.
I pull this off in a Milwaukee summer by wearing linen.
I confess that there was a time I avoided linen, because I preferred practical and wrinkle-free clothes. I always believed that wrinkles created a bad impression.
My Italy travels changed my mind. I saw that wrinkled linen looks quite chic, modern and effortless.
I like to wear this Alexander Wang (T Alexander Wang collection) cape during summer festivals and weekend trips to Lake Michigan beaches. It is made of a blend of linen and tencel. I discovered that the latter is another natural fabric, which is extremely soft. As linen, it keeps the skin dry. It’s particularly wonderful for sensitive skin. I’ve also discovered that tencel is resistant to wrinkles; therefore, the blend with linen produces a less wrinkled, and a slightly thicker fabric, which feels very nice.
If you are still scared of wearing a linen garment, here is my advice:
1. Instead of choosing 100% linen garments, go for fabric blends. Make sure that that the other component is made from a natural fiber, as well, or the magic benefits of linen will be significantly lessened. Look for silk, cotton, tencel, or ramie.
2. Choose monotone fabrics with an emphasis on design. Linen garments that feature a loose fit and haute design look best.
3. Linen garments look best when combined with clothes made of natural fibers, such as cotton, silk, wool, etc. Although denim is rarely made of 100% natural fibers lately, it will go well with a linen garment, as well.
4. Give preference to accessories made from genuine leather, natural fibers and natural materials.
5. Avoid pairing loose linen garments with another loose piece. For instance, if you wear linen harem pants, don’t wear them with baggy T-shirt, otherwise you’ll end up having a loose, trampy look. Not good at all. Instead, pair them with a cropped top or slightly tight T-shirt. Counterbalance loose garments by showing off the best features of your body.
For more info about Alexander Wang, and my perspective on designer click here.
Do you like to wear linen? What is your opinion on the wrinkled look?