Look du Jour #5: Linen is the name of the game

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On me: United Colors of Benetton Linen Shirt & Pants, American Apparel Belt, Uniqlo Socks and AllSaints Shoes. 

Here is the second look in my two-segment series about wearing linen during summer, which is easily one of the best things you can do to your body. If you happen to live in humid subtropical climate places like New York or (even worse) the third world (namely, Vietnam) where it feels like living in an oven during the summer, simple cotton doesn’t cut it. You need a different fabric that keeps you from sweating profusely and your fat from crying out loud. This is where linen comes into play. Made from fibers of the Flax plant, the fabric traces it roots to ancient societies where it was favored by the wealthier classes (source). I find it perfectly understandable hearing this interesting fact because from an aesthetic point of view, the fabric is elegant, flowy and sexy in a peek-a-boo manner. More importantly, it is lightweight, natural and thus capable of absorbing moisture. During my trip to Europe last month, the weather was heavenly for the most part but the thermometer still rose on certain days. I was beyond glad that I packed these linen pieces from Benetton though there was some iron work required to get rid of the crease. It enabled me to walk for hours and hours without feeling like melting cheese. The NYTimes also ran THIS article several days ago in which some of New York’s finest menswear designers such as Thom Browne, Michael Bastian, Todd Snyder, Billy Reid and Antonio Azzuolo shared their tips on how to combat the heat wave. Not surprisingly, linen got a lot of love. Give your wardrobe some linen love NOW while you can before it’s too late. I already see fall lurking around the corner.

united colors of benetton florence, italy, all saints shoes, uniqlo yellow socks

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