There are crushes and then there are crushes.
Today’s crush is of the fabric kind, a linen crush to be precise. Linen is one of those fabrics we have a love/hate relationship with. I am on the “love” side and rather like the crushed and rumpled effect it has, as long as it’s not too, too messy.
What I do like is the feeling when linen is fresh and ironed; I like putting on a pair of linen trousers that are just so and blending into them as the day wears on. I know I am crumpled by midday but I don’t mind at all.
The trick to wearing linen, especially trousers, is to mix fabrics. If I wear all linen it is too messy; pants with an un-crushable top and I feel fine. I like loose trousers with a tailored blazer, silk shirt or a tight tee – like many fashionable looks it is the contradiction that works. The linen suit is an exception and one to copy from the boys. When the linens match and the style is classic, a few creases don’t matter.
Apart from their comfort, linen pants work in a wider leg.
That’s where the crush comes in and the softness helps control the volume of a fuller pant. I never wear a wide wool or cotton pant but linen I can go that extra fabric; it’s the way they fall. This summer when I’m not “dressing” up, I am wearing linen pants, a tee, sneakers and the occasional jacket.
I might add a bracelet or two as that is my other major crush right now.
Did I also mention linen trousers are super flattering? I promise, worn right and they cover a multitude, xv
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images, hermès spring / summer 2015, laura ponte for vogue spain