Linen Shirts

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We are all walking, talking contradictions

Very few things in life are clear-cut, or black and white. And that’s OK. Contradictions make life interesting. Besides, while consistency may be a worthy goal in most contexts, when it comes to style, it’s just a waste of time.

This is, of course, my way of saying that I’ve long since stopped thinking about when, why or how I should wear something. Or if I should (or should not) wear something. In my opinion, people who have time (and energy) to analyse their (or worse, other people’s) sartorial choices so carefully have simply way too much time on their hands. Or not enough real problems. I just wear whatever makes me feel good.

But back to contradictions…

I hate shirts. I find them stiff and uncomfortable. And I hate linen. I prefer clothes that don’t look like I’ve slept in them (even though that might be the case…).

And yet, I really like linen shirts in summer…


Outfit details (all old):
shirt: Marks and Spencer / trousers: Ril’s / bag: Marc Jacobs / sunglasses: Woobs / shoes: Vans

However, I only have two linen shirts, and that’s all I need: one in a bright colour, and the other one ‘neutral’ (i.e. light blue). Both are at least two sizes too big (because I find shirts too stiff and uncomfortable), and I never iron them after washing them (who has the time? Besides, I have no idea where the iron is, haven’t seen it since we moved…).

For me, an oversized linen shirt is the hot weather version of a long-sleeved jersey or a cashmere top: it’s comfortable (enough) and works with anything. And on slightly cooler evenings it doubles as a light-weight jacket. What’s not to like?

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Outfit details:
shirt: Boomerang / trousers: PBO (old) / t-shirt: Esprit (old) / sunglasses: Prada (old) /bag: Lovia / shoes: Vans


How do you feel about linen?

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  1. mireilleftm
    17 June 2021 / 3:36 pm

    I am not too found of linen either and probably have only one linen item in my closet. What I like is gauze as far as a layer similar to yours as it is as airy! I do love that top bright one! Such a nice pop of color and protects from the sun.

    • Tiina L
      21 June 2021 / 5:05 pm

      And I thought gauzy linen was easy to find! I’d love to find a shirt made of slightly thicker material, but that doesn’t seem to exist.

  2. 17 June 2021 / 5:43 pm

    I also like linen in the summer, but only have two items: a striped jacket and a striped shirt. The shirt is interesting because it’s basically a loose boxy T (only without stretch) that pulls over the head rather than buttoning up the front. Buying shirts over-sized is something I do also, and when I don’t, I usually end up wishing I had because a fitted tailored button up shirt just is not comfortable enough for me!

    • Tiina L
      21 June 2021 / 5:07 pm

      Oh yes, I know exactly what you mean about tailored shirts. They’re just awful, they make me think I’m wearing a straightjacket. Anything that is not knitwear is best if it’s a bit oversized, to allow free movement.

  3. 17 June 2021 / 6:30 pm

    Totally agree that contradictions make life interesting and that linen shirts are fabulous in the summer. I like particularly that they double as lightweight jackets, that’s really interesting!. Also useful to protect from the sun, which is really sensible.
    And I love both of them, even if have a weakness for the bright coloured one!.
    I own a pair of linen blouses and they’re still favourites in the summertime, even if they’re ten years old. Quality linen last forever!.

    • Tiina L
      21 June 2021 / 5:09 pm

      Yes, looking at the pictures, I also prefer the bright pink one. You’d think I would have learned by now that bright colours always look better on me, right?

  4. Flora
    18 June 2021 / 9:13 pm

    I love linen and never iron it I hang shirts, tops and trousers on hangers straight from the washing machine and pull them into shape. They crease so easily I see no point in ironing. Love the pink shade of your shirt.

    • Tiina L
      21 June 2021 / 5:10 pm

      I do the same; ironing is just a waste of time.

  5. 22 June 2021 / 10:21 pm

    I love your relaxed and easy to wear style – the bags are cute too. Have a super week. Jacqui x

    • Tiina L
      23 June 2021 / 5:16 pm

      Thanks, Jacqui!

  6. Mica - Away From Blue
    26 June 2021 / 12:56 am

    I’m not a fan of linen as like you I hate ironing it – haha! I feel I can never pull off the relaxed look like you have here, I just feel messy and crumpled! I find linen blends work better in my wardrobe – or printed linen pieces, so that the wrinkles are harder to see. I have quite a few of those! :)

    Thanks so much for joining the #WeekdayWearLinkup! Hope that you are having a nice weekend :) It’s a very rainy day here!

    Away From Blue Blog

  7. Jess
    28 June 2021 / 6:46 pm

    I have learned to love linen and have quite a few pieces here, as it gets HOT in the South! I just think of the wrinkles as part of the character! :-) Love the tops you posted, and the easy breezy summer style.
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx

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