If you’re looking to build your warm-weather wardrobe, there’s no better fabric to opt for than linen. Lightweight and breathable, linen clothing is a go-to for those who want to stay stylish all year round. Want the low-down on linen? From how it’s made to how to style it, here at Kit and Kaboodal, we’ve created a guide to all you need to know about your new summer staple.

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What is linen?

First thing’s first; what is linen made of? Linen is a completely natural textile created from the stalks of flax plants during a long harvesting and manufacturing process. Records show that linen has been in use for many thousands of years, while the earliest records of a linen industry date all the way back to Ancient Egypt. Over the centuries, linen has been used for everything from table cloths and bedding to clothing and is still considered today one of the highest quality natural fibres to have in your wardrobe.

Is linen clothing good for summer?

When it comes to choosing suitable fabrics to wear in warmer weather, linen is one of the best choices you can make. Its natural, breathable and lightweight nature means that it is the most practical fabric of them all, especially during the summer.

The benefits of linen include:

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Due to its weave structure, linen is a highly breathable fabric and doesn’t cling to the skin in the same way cotton does. Rather than drape over the skin, linen clothes billow and let air circulate around, thus cooling your body and helping to dry any moisture in the fabric. In short, linen clothing makes hot days in summer a breeze (literally)!

Additionally, linen is both a highly absorbent and moisture-wicking fabric that quickly evaporates any moisture it absorbs. This means linen clothes can not only take more perspiration than cotton before feeling damp, but they allow you to stay cool and comfortable while the sun is beating down without having to worry about visible perspiration patches on your clothing.

Another big bonus when it comes to linen clothing is the fact that linen is 30% stronger than cotton and known for its superior durability. Linen clothes may feel stiff at first but will become softer and more comfortable to wear with every wash. Due to its flax fibres, linen is also abrasion resistant and won’t stretch as cotton does. When looked after well, linen clothing will last the test of time.

How to wear linen

While there are many pros to linen clothing, the fabric does have particular notoriety for its tendency to crease. However, when you know how to wear it, the natural crumple of linen is part of its laid-back charm and effortless aesthetic. When it comes to how to wear linen clothing, we’ve got the tips to nailing the look this season.

Can linen be worn in winter?

While linen is an ideal choice for keeping cool during the summer, it can also be an option to be worn during the winter months - it’s all about how you style it! Linen items can be easily transitional into autumn and winter simply by layering your favourite piece with warmer items in your wardrobe, such as tops, jumpers, leggings and trousers.

We’ve put together a blog post all about the best ways to layer our linen dresses so that you can wear your favourites all year round!