This is a departure from my normal post, but this subject keeps recurring and I am perplexed. I like to wear linen in the summer. I like linen because it is the most comfortable of all fibers when it’s hot and humid; it breathes. By comparison, cotton will suffocate you and stick when it’s hot and humid. I just walked the Basset-in-Chief in 103 degree heat and I was actually comfy in my linen dress.
Case in point: Three years ago I made this ensemble consisting of a linen sheath and silk jacket. I don’t do matchy-matchy, so the sheath was a subtle buttery colored linen and the jacket a light seafoam green silk. I received comments like: Why did you show two different outfits together? and Why did you use hopsack for the dress? Hopsack? Really?
I recently purchased this dress and wore it to a quilt shop; lovely shop, one of my favs. I had someone make a point of coming over to me to say: What, you didn’t feel like ironing today or is that linen again?
I know sometimes linen, used improperly in clothing, can be a rumpled, wrinkled mess. This was not the case. There were no deep wrinkles, just the lovely patina that is natural with this natural fiber.
Is this me or do you think linen is best used in home decor? Am I to avoid politics, religion…and linen?
By the way, the offending outfit was juried into Houston International Quilt Festival; they liked it, giggle!