There was a time in history when luxury linen clothing was only available to the creme de la creme of society: priests, knights, monarchs… Not everyone had a chance to wear linen.
However, in the 16th century, the cultivation of flax plants became widespread and linen fabric was introduced to more and more people, eventually leading to what we have today: a wide variety of high-quality linen items ranging from bedding to bath, kitchen, and table linens, and, undoubtedly our favourite, linen clothing.
People who love wearing linen clothes often say they can’t imagine wearing any other material, especially in the hot and humid summer. They go as far as claiming that linen clothes have healing properties.
But is it all true? What does linen have over other materials that make it so sought-after?
From our experience, there are at least seven benefits of wearing linen clothing that make it unique and hardly replaceable.
Linen is known as the world’s strongest natural fiber. The strength of the fiber directly contributes to the strength of the fabric the garment is made of. In turn, this creates garments that last for generations to come!
Easy to care for:
Linen fabric can be machine washed — bear in mind to use cold water and no bleach or detergents with whiteners, as those tend to weaken the fiber & altr the colour. You can tumble dry your linen clothes or hang them to dry naturally. My personal favourite is to use the dryer as your steamer... because more often then not i'll wear my garments wrinkled because cbf steaming ;)
Many people suffer from allergies and various skin conditions and they’ve probably come to notice that certain types of fabrics often agitate their symptoms. That is because many fabrics allow moisture to build up, which is then the perfect ecosystem for bacteria and microbes to breed. With linen fabric, it’s totally NOT the case. It is definitely a safe choice for anyone experiencing some type of discomfort.
It’s perfect for summer: it is lightweight, breathable, moisture-wicking… But people also choose to wear linen clothes in spring, autumn, and even winter, too. The reasons behind it are the same as with clothing: flax/linen are natural insulators and are capable of releasing excess humidity. Linen clothes also retain the heat from your body and release the excess making you feel nice and cozy. So wear it all year round.
Whether you’re dressing up for a formal event, corporate environment, or aiming for a more casual, low-key look, maybe taking it from the beach to the bar, linen fabric has the ability to compliment every occasion.
Environmentally friendly, ethically sourced and made clothing is becoming increasingly popular now, and we hope that continues into the future. Linen clothing inherently falls in this category because flax plant cultivation is by far more sustainable.
Linen fabric is also recyclable and biodegradable, meaning you won’t be adding to the growing piles of textile waste all over the world. All in all, wearing linen clothing is a sustainable choice!
Comfort is probably one of the most known benefits of wearing linen. Linen clothes are usually designed to have a loose fit making them perfect for people of all ages, sizes, and shapes - wearing linen can never be a bad choice!