Why We Love Linen

Isobel Ridley

Posted on April 01 2021

1. It’s planet friendly

The most important point on our list: linen clothing ticks all of the boxes when it comes to  sustainability and treading as lightly as we can on this planet. Not only does linen clothing  have a lower environmental impact than cotton clothing (due to less water being required during the production process), it is also made from the stalks of flax plants with almost zero wastage. Linen plants also flourish in poor soils with minimal, if any, fertilizer required. That’s a big win in our eyes.

2. It’s as cool as a cucumber

Whether you live in a busy city or the countryside, we’re all hit by the summer heat. Wearing the right fabrics is essential for beating the sweat, and linen scores pretty highly in this department. The fibres in linen clothing are hollow, allowing more airflow over your skin than other materials - they also hold up to 20% of their dry weight in moisture without feeling damp to touch. Who knew that the breezy, light feeling that’s unique to linen clothing had such scientific properties?

3. It’s great for sensitive skin

Even for those who don’t have sensitive skin, linen clothing can feel like a breath of fresh air around your body. Not only does it lack the clinginess of standard cotton clothing, it is also hypoallergenic; meaning it’s great for those with allergies or sensitive skin. This, in part, is due to linen being produced in such a way that exposure to harsh chemicals is avoided, and the growing process tends to avoid fertilizers and pesticides. Have we convinced you yet?

4. It’s low maintenance

Perfect for busy bees, linen clothing requires minimal effort once it’s been washed. It’s one of the few fabrics that avoids creasing once washed, meaning there’s no need to get the iron out. Natural crinkles in linen clothing are expected, which are part of linen’s naturally textured look, but there’ll be no major creases. So you can wash it, dry it and throw it on.

5. It’s durable

Linen is a natural fibre, like modal (more on that here), and has been used for centuries because of its amazing properties. Here at LHC, we love it because it is long-lasting, strong and durable - perfect for all kinds of activities, all year long. It is also biodegradable and recyclable.

6. It’s luxurious

It’s hard to beat the feeling of linen clothing against the skin. Whether it’s a breezy pair of trousers or a cooling t-shirt, there’s something about linen that evokes a feeling of freedom and pure comfort against the skin. The distinct feeling of linen is no doubt due to the fact that it is a natural fibre which remains untampered with during the production process. It also flatters every body type, and we believe there’s there’s a linen piece out there for every woman

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