Picture: Penny Wincer. Hair & make-up: Carl Stanley
Crumple-fest or tremendous stylish? No matter you consider linen, it’s the proper material for the altering local weather. I’m not going to explain the present climate as a ‘heatwave’ as a result of I’ve lived within the UK all my life and up to date summers have been constantly scorching, with temperatures reaching an all-time excessive of 40 levels final 12 months. Convey on the cool clothes.
Historic Greek troopers wore protecting clothes made from linen, it’s a robust, pure fibre. At the moment, the material’s absorbent properties and flowing nature enable the wearer to waft round and really feel cool. Linen Lovers embrace the wrinkles – and that’s a phenomenon I critically approve of. Like Monty Don, who famously digs his Lengthy Meadow backyard in blue linen shirts and jackets, and accepts that the very nature of the material means it’s going to get crumpled. All of us go together with the flax circulation.
Trying business-like within the excessive warmth, just isn’t straightforward. One among my buddies whereas temping for a metropolis agency within the nineties was informed ‘ linen is inventive, not company.’ We’ve moved on since then, however linen positively has extra of a relaxed vibe – nonetheless, I do suppose the oldest textile on the earth can look elegant and basic. Thankfully, I work in a inventive business and might get away with a wrinkled linen shirt or gown (see Muji and Cos for the latter) – and face. Maybe it’s a matter of styling? I’d positively put on the primary outfit, the striped linen shirt with a silk slip skirt and run-around sandals, to a casual enterprise assembly or press occasion. Improve the equipment by swapping the sporty sandals for a pair of ballet pumps or Mary Jane sneakers, substitute the Uniqlo cross physique bag with a wiser leather-based purse and you’ll lean in to linen.