I continue to get requests for outfit ideas for days spent mostly at home, so today I’m doubling up an outfit suggestion with some tips for how to care for linen. So yes, you guessed it. The summer at home outfit I’m sharing is indeed linen. Truly, this is how I’m living this summer.
Look at all those wrinkles. Hahaha! Yes, linen wrinkles. But I think that’s part of the charm of this natural fiber fabric. Made from the fibers of flax, linen is an absorbent but breathable and lightweight fabric. It’s quintessential summer!
My summer at home outfit is all Eileen Fisher, one of my favorite sources for organic linen. Because it’s made without harmful chemicals or pesticides, it’s safer for the environment where the flax is grown, the workers who create the fabric and the areas surrounding the factories and fields. Plus, I just really like EF’s relaxed styles and roomy fits.
My cobblestone organic linen lantern pants seem to be completely sold out as I write this, but I’m really showing this combination more as an example of a favorite summer at home outfit anyhow. You can easily recreate this basic summer at home combination with similar linen pants. I’ll share some possibilities in the shopping widget at the end of the post.
I do tend to wear a little bit of jewelry even when I’m spending the day at home. But I don’t want to overwhelm such a pared back look with a lot of baubles. So I simply added my Lagos pendant necklace (gifted) and earrings (gifted). If I’m working at the computer during the day, I generally don’t wear a bracelet.
As I shared in this previous post about how to dress at home, I really do try to wear simple but pulled together and polished outfits most days. I want to feel comfortable, but I also feel better about myself and am more productive if I put a little effort into my outfit. Plus, I don’t want to save my nice clothes for occasions that never happen. I want to wear and enjoy them.
And the good thing about wearing linen is that this lovely natural fabric really doesn’t require a lot of extra or specialized care. It’s very washable and easy to maintain. In fact it gets softer, more luxurious and even less wrinkle prone with every wash, unlike its cousin cotton, which can lose become thinner with laundering.
You absolutely can wash your 100% linen garments in the washing machine. I prefer cold water for all my clothing, but you can use warm water if you’d like. Use a gentle cycle and preferably a mild detergent. You can even tumble dry on low, but again, I tend to lay my linen garments on a drying rack just because I don’t want any shrinkage at all. And if you do put them in the dryer, I suggest drying on low and removing before the garments are completely dry to let them air dry a little. This will help keep them from getting that stiff feeling and minimize wrinkles a little.
You’ll notice that your linen will wrinkle less with wear and also will perform better on hot, humid days. But I do generally iron my linen after laundering while it is still slightly damp. Undoubtedly it will wrinkle some with wear, but truly, that’s just okay by me.
The only caveats to the laundering tips I’ve shared is that I do have my linen blazers professionally dry cleaned at the end of the season and I suggest reading the care instructions, especially on garments that are made of a linen blend.
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Blessed for My Day
Have you ever received unsolicited advise or criticism? Sure you have. We all have. When someone else criticizes our actions or words, it can sting. And even if the other person assures us that their comments are meant to be constructive, the pain of the blow sometimes keeps us from assessing them as such. But once the dust has settled we may want to evaluate their remarks and see if there is any truth in them.
In fact, it’s a good idea to humbly consider the advice we’re given. But beware. Not all criticism should be regarded equally. First of all, you don’t have to regard highly the criticism of someone who doesn’t know you at all. Instead, give more esteem to the remarks coming from those who know and love you. Next, weigh the other person’s words against the Word of God. Do they align? And finally, take the criticism you’ve received to the Lord in prayer and ask Him to examine you and show you what you should do.
All the ways of a person are clean in his own sight,
But the Lord examines the motives.
Commit your works to the Lord,
And your plans will be established. ~ Proverbs 16:2-3