The Benefits of Linen | Linen Dress and Structured Coat
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Coat: Zara (old, similar here) || Dress: Nich Store (from Etsy - on sale now!) || Accessories: LOFT tights, Madewell Small Transport Tote || Shoes: Zara
One thing I started to do a lot more research on when I was still shopping at the end of last year was organic and sustainable fabrics. I tried not to purchase too many things made from synthetic fibers and instead get more pieces made of cotton (or even better, organic cotton) and linen. Surprisingly, linen is a very sustainable fabric and even better for the environment than cotton is. I want to share a few reasons why linen will always be a more environmentally better choice than many other fabrics today.
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The benefits of linen clothing
First and foremost, if you want your clothes to last, linen should be your top choice. As I wrote in my last post about purchasing quality pieces, linen would be your best bet because it’s actually the world’s strongest natural fiber - stronger even than cotton! Because of its strength, it correlates directly to the strength of the garment it makes up so if you buy a linen dress (like the one I’m wearing in this post), you can safely bet that it’s going to last you a long time.
Secondly, if you’re trying to be more eco-friendly in your lifestyle choices like I am, linen is definitely one of the most sustainable fabrics to manufacture, and again, it’s more sustainably made than cotton! Linen is made from flax plants and traditionally, every part of a flax plant is used to create something so nothing is ever wasted. Flax is also very easy to grow because it’s so resilient - it can grow in poor soil with very little water! Flax uses thirteen times fewer pesticides than potatoes.
If you’re worried about caring for your garments so they last, not to fear because linen is extremely easy to care for. Linen garments are machine washable (in cold water with no bleach of course) and can be tumble-dried or air dried.
Linen is also a great summer fabric because it’s so breathable. It’s extremely moisture-absorbent: it can absorb up to 20% of its weight in water and still remain dry because it has the ability to evaporate said water just as quickly as it absorbs it. You’ll never have to worry that you’re turning into a sweaty mess this summer if you’re wearing linen fabrics.
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…So about what I’m wearing
I bought this dress at the end of last year (before my shopping ban) from an Etsy shop called Nich Store. They actually have this dress in several other colors and it’s currently on sale. They ship from the Ukraine so it may take some getting to you if you decide to order from them but it’s so worth it! As soon as I got this dress, I was obsessed and wanted to wear it everywhere! I actually wore it out for the first time to a Galentine’s Brunch at my friend’s house and I got several compliments. As I mentioned that linen is a more suitable for the warmer months, I paired my dress with some thick tights and my trusty wool camel coat.