Linen is usually associated with summer. That’s because this 100% pure, natural fabric is breathable and feels cool in hot weather. It is made from flax, an ancient product that has been found in archaeological sites dating back more than thirty thousand years. The plant is harvested, dried, and processed into strong, fibres that can then be made into fabric for clothing, soft furnishing and other domestic and industrial uses. Linen has always been prized as a luxury material, because of the effort that goes into growing the flax crop, and turning it into workable threads, and because of its durability and smooth appearance. Even when it is wet, linen remains strong, and it can absorb water quickly. Designers love working with linen, because it tailors well, and retains its shape when worn.
A linen dress is a fashion staple that always looks classy and cool. The fabric’s texture gives the garment a structural appearance, and even the simplest style makes a stunning impact. At navabi, there are some sporty, pure linen pocket dresses with a round neck. These self-coloured designs are ideal for a relaxed occasion where you want to look your best. There are also knee-length linen blend dresses with geometric print panels, to add a little contrast and variety. Pure linen creases easily, and so in fuller skirt styles, linen blends are a great option, because the addition of viscose, or cotton helps to keep the fabric looking smart the whole day long.
Linen trousers for work and leisure
Genuine linen trousers with an elasticated waistband and drawstring ties are an attractive and comfortable choice for summer. The navabi range includes dark-blue, black and sand colours which can be mixed and matched with tops in the same fabric. The tapered leg is flattering to the plus-size figure, while handy pockets make these linen classics a very practical addition to your summer wardrobe. This is just one among many different trouser designs available, including straight leg, wide leg, cropped, and balloon styles. There are pleated linen trousers for formal wear, or crinkled, striped and floral versions for fun occasions. Linen does not stretch, and so choosing the right size using navabi’s helpful chart is very important. There are even cargo trousers in cotton and linen blends, bringing this fabric truly up to date for larger sizes.
Caring for linen garments
Washing and caring for linen garments has never been easier, thanks to modern technology. At navabi, each item comes with clear instructions. In some cases, dry cleaning only is recommended, while in others, washing is permitted at a specified cycle, such as 40°C (delicate) or 30°C (very delicate). Advice is given on tumble drying and ironing, if these are likely to affect the fabric in any way. Linen does require a little extra care, in comparison with some man-made materials, but these sumptuous linen shirts, blouses, dresses and trousers are well worth it indeed.