5 Reasons to Wear Linen in Autumn

Linen has long been a staple of Summer style. Lightweight, breathable and soft, its slightly creased look makes it seem like you have just left the beach, even in the city. 

So it is a fabric which is often overlooked when the temperature drops. 

But here are 5 reasons why I think linen should be included in your back to school wardrobe.

1. It's better for the commute

Let's face it, no matter what time of year it is, the tube is a fiendish furnace. Squashed up into someone's backpack on the Northern line doesn't leave much room for removing layers as the heat sets in. But linen was made for this sort of thing. Its breathable fibres, which do such a good job of keeping out the heat on a beach in July, work just as well at Stockwell in September. A linen jacket is the just the thing for those interim months when a wool coat is akin to 

 

Gillian June Linen Jacket

2. It drapes beautifully

This season's trousers come in wide leg and super-wide leg. The problem with this is that for this style of trouser to work, not only do they have to be cut beautifully, but you need to use the right kind of fabric. With most high street brands trying to slash their costs, the materials they use are often what takes the hit. But linen always hangs well, and it moulds to your shape.

3. Layers

Everyone knows the key to survive Autumn's every changing weather is to master layering. But did you know that the same thing that makes linen keep you cool also has the ability to warm you up? The natural fibres respond to your body's temperature and adjust accordingly!

4. It can be tailored to perfection

Linen has a reputation for lacking the finesse of some other materials. But good quality linen, handled properly can be just as sleek as a any of its more traditional counterparts. And unlike most synthetic materials, it doesn't get that awful sheen to it. 

5. It is great for the environment.

  • Linen is a natural fibre.
  • It doesn't require pesticides, making it organic without even really trying. It uses a third less water than cotton.
  • It can grow in almost any type of soil, and a large proportion of the worlds flax is still grown in Northern Europe (and therefore under the EU's strict agricultural laws). 
  • It is vegan.

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