Three Reasons Why You Should Consider Linen

Love it or hate it, linen is here to stay. Season after season, it pops up on runways and retail shelves with more refined silhouettes and varied color palettes. Fashion brands, like Reformation, have even upgraded linen from casual pants and tops to all-occasion dresses. For some, the fabric still carries a stigma of wrinkle-prone resort wear. If you haven’t quite embraced linen yet- here’s why you should reconsider.

It’s better for the environment. Linen is made from spinning the fibers of the flax plant. Yes, the same plant that produces fiber-rich flaxseeds! Since it’s produced from natural fibers, linen is biodegradable and can be recycled into other materials- like paper. Compared to cotton, flax plants require fewer pesticides and less water to grow.

It’s versatile. In its natural form, linen textile can be varying shades of ivory, tan, or grey (bright white linen is heavily bleached). The good news is thatĀ its natural fiber properties make it easier for linen to be dyed with other natural materials like fruits and vegetables. And, for the non-committal folks, you can find great linen/cotton blends. Cotton adds body to the fabric, making it more wrinkle-resistant.

It’s lightweight. Linen dresses, shirts, and pants are Summer staples for a reason. As a fabric, linen has greater air flow and dries easily. So, if you do happen to get a little sweaty, linen not only absorbs a lot of the wetness, it dries fast to keep you cool. Even though linen is often criticized as being a stiff fabric, it’s actually a huge benefit for higher temperatures. Heavier, less absorbent materials will stay damp and stick to your skin in hot climates where linen will hold away from the skin and dry.

It’s eco-friendly, it can be dressed up or down, and it’s a great way to beat the heat. It’s linen! Try working this wonder fabric into your wardrobe. After all, a few wrinkles never hurt anyone.