Jetset Style :: Linen Love

Linen is having a moment, fashion wise. Linen culottes, linen curtains, linen crop tops, linen cushions... The linen list goes on {and yes I said culottes—embrace them!}. My linen clothing collection has grown over the years, but those pieces rarely make their way into my suitcase because I've always thought of linen as the nemesis of carefree, carry-on travel. Who wants to spend their time away shackled to an iron—especially when they've only packed a handful of items?

Well, you can and should travel with linen, whether you choose to embrace or manage the wrinkles {with a few easy tricks listed below}. Linen is not only stylish, it's also a great fabric to keep you feeling fresh whether you're heading into the balmy tropics or the cooler fall months.

Did you know? Linen is made from the flax plant, which goes to show that flax is more than just a healthy source of omega-3, fiber and phytonutrients! It's also one of the oldest fabrics in the world, dating back as far as 36,000 years.

The benefits of linen

  • Lightweight, breathable and comfortable
  • Linen's natural fibers keep you cool in hot weather and won't cling to your body
  • Dries quickly
  • Provides UV protection and repels insects 
  • Durable, long-lasting and holds up well to washing

How to pack linen

  • Fold as little as possible
  • Smooth out any wrinkles
  • Lay at the top of your bag without over stuffing your luggage
  • Remove linen garments from your luggage as soon as you arrive at your accommodation

How to keep linen wrinkle-free

  • Pack a travel steamer in your luggage—they're about the size of a travel hairdryer {this one heats up in a minute}!
  • Spritz your garment with water and blow dry while holding it taught
  • Use a wrinkle-reducing spray 
  • Hang your garment in the bathroom while you shower {leave the fan off}
  • Smooth out any folds in the fabric while seated
  • Opt for a linen-cotton blend instead of 100% linen
  • Embrace the wrinkles!

Trip Styler Tip: Wash linen clothing a few times after purchase to soften the fabric. 

TOP: Ilana Kohn lisa trench, Rachel Comey reunion top, Sunja Link x Banquet Atelier dress 
MIDDLE: Black Crane overalls, Rachel Comey olympia jacket, Demylee justine pullover 
BOTTOM: Club Monaco slim-fit linen shirt, J.Crew stanton short, Apolis washed linen field jacket

This post is written by Trip Styler's Assistant Wayfarer/Editor Heather.

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