Come be part of the linen love-in — That’s Not My Age

Picture: Penny Wincer. Hair & make-up: Carl Stanley

Crumple-fest or tremendous stylish? No matter you consider linen, it’s the proper cloth 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 persistently scorching, with temperatures reaching an all-time high of 40 degrees final yr. Deliver on the cool clothes.

Historical Greek troopers wore protecting clothes manufactured from linen, it’s a robust, pure fibre. As we speak, 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 severely 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 along with the flax stream.

Wanting business-like within the excessive warmth, isn’t simple. One in all my associates whereas temping for a metropolis agency within the nineties was instructed ‘ linen is artistic, not company.’ We’ve moved on since then, however linen undoubtedly has extra of a relaxed vibe – nonetheless, I do suppose the oldest textile on the earth can look elegant and traditional. Fortuitously, I work in a artistic 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 undoubtedly 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 shoes, exchange the Uniqlo cross physique bag with a wiser leather-based purse and you’ll lean in to linen.

What do you suppose? Are you able to crumple?


And for a extra relaxed vibe… Picture: Sarah Brick



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First picture: striped linen shirt on mortgage from With Nothing Underneath. Silk skirt purchased from The Outnet final yr. Comparable HERE, HERE and HERE. Crossbody bag from a earlier collaboration with Uniqlo. My very own Suicoke sandals. Hoop earrings from Branch Jewellery.

Second picture: navy linen gown on mortgage from Plumo (now offered out; however I actually just like the belted linen shirtdress from Cos). My Capri pants had been a present from Winser London. Straw basket on mortgage from LK Bennett. Leather-based sandals from Grenson, a few years in the past (now out there in tan, dark brown and black leather).