Linen has been my fabric of choice this summer, and while I’d much rather walk around in a bikini all day, a linen blouse or dress will more than suffice. Worn for it’s ability to keep you cool even in the warmest weather, linen is one of the most desired summer fabrics. Due to the weave and fibre, linen allows more airflow through a garment, helping your skin breathe. Even if you’re prone to perspiration, linen is able to absorb moisture without holding bacteria, while quickly removing perspiration. Also, it’s ‘stiff’ structure makes it less likely to cling to your skin.
Linen is also one of the most sustainable and long-lasting fabrics around. It is made from the earth-friendly plant, Flax, which is highly resilient and can grow in poor soil, using far less water and even fewer pesticides than it’s popular counterpart, cotton. The Flax plant is also extremely versatile; every part of it can be used to create a worthwhile product. It’s traditionally been grown for oil, and used in supplements and wood-finishing products such as Linseed Oil. When untreated (i.e not dyed), linen is 100% biodegradable. No waste here!
I teamed up with Durban-based clothing brand Phoebe & Knox to bring you two linen looks that will see you through to the end of summer! First up, the Poppy Top, paired with my favourite vintage trousers. The flattering linear stripes help elongate my short waist, and perfectly compliment the fitted trousers, creating the much desired hourglass shape. I paired this look with my favourite leather mules from Kaali Leather Apparel to round off my casual-chic attire. This outfit is ideal for sun downers or a blissful farmers’ market stroll.
Bag – Carry-Ann Bags
I have a real affinity for summer dresses; I love the fact that you can throw them on and boom, you have an outfit. I remember having at least twenty different floral mini dresses at any given time throughout my teen years and still wanting more. Growing up in Durban allowed for such an obsession because we don’t really have a winter (living in Johannesburg has taught me this), so in place of faux-fur coats and velvet trousers, I invested in more dresses. Though I’m mostly seen in high waisted denims and baggy crop tops of late, I like to reinvent myself from time to time (or rather return to previous indulgences) and don something slightly more feminine than my usual attire. This Ilona dress from P&K really took me back to a more childlike and innocent time in my life, while still maintaining my new found aesthetic of neutral shades.
In collaboration with Phoebe & Knox3