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Fashion Friday: That Linen Feeling

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It’s time to break out the Linen—at last. This, one of the underappreciated fabrics,  is laborious to manufacture. But because it is an absorbent fiber, it is valued for its exceptional coolness and freshness in hot weather. It can be dressed down to lounge in or dressed up for a luxurious summer evening. Linen has become many things to modern fashion—a summer tradition, breathable and lustrous, casual yet refined, and cool and chic. And precisely because it’s a summer tradition, our favorite designers and brands are breaking out their Linen Collections. Here are a few of our favorite picks!


Ann Taylor Collection: Linen at Last

imageService Blissful Blue Striped Linen Shirtdress (Photo:

Breezily cast in lightweight linen, this smartly striped shirtdress is a one-piece wonder that’s up for anything; it sports long sleeves with button tabs, button front, self tie belt, and button cuffs. Blissful indeed. 


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Since we’re already in a stripe mood, this versatile beauty caught our eye. Sunwashed stripes meet a relaxed, cropped cut to take this stylish pair from 9-to-5 usefulness to weekend escape. 

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Tommy Bahama: The Linen Collection, a Luxe Love Affair

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An exquisite choice for a seaside ceremony or any romantic moment, this dress will drape you in beauty. The soft and smooth linen is adorned with captivating embroidery at the bodice, seaming at the waistline, and the gentle A-line skirt.  . See more from the The Linen Collection, A Luxe Love Affair at . Anthropologie: Linen Collection . 4110317998040_049_bBellflower Linen Tunic (Photo:  . We love that this gorgeous tunic allows you to breathe with its looseness in the waist. The intricately designed eyelet detail makes it not just a summer top but a work of art.   . 4130315260170_049_bMizuko Linen Dress (Photo: . Wear this a dress with flats or add a belt and wear it as a top—that’s how versatile this linen number is. The design evokes traditional Japanese minimalism with a hint of lighthearted whimsy. . See more from the Anthropologie Linen Collection at

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  • Shirley Harrison May 22, 2015 at 9:18 am

    Linen is wonderful in our steamy Southern summers! I iron my linen clothes after washing and then let them wrinkle for that relaxed, casual look.:-)

  • hillsmom May 22, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Yes, I like that maxi dress, too. However, the wrinkles match my face, and also show it’s real linen (the fabric, not my face). Check back for Dr. Pat’s treatise on her linen dress with…was it…buttons down the back? 😎

  • Roz Warren May 22, 2015 at 8:31 am

    When you say “linen,” I think “ironing.” I have a couple of gorgeous linen Eileen Fisher dresses and the problem is that after you’ve worn them once (or twice, if you’re VERY CAREFUL) they need ironing. And I’m allergic to ironing. That being said, I’d wear that maxidress in a heartbeat.