The Outfit Formulas: Linen & Sweaters

I’m starting to warm up to the idea of Spring – no pun intended. When it comes to spring outfit ideas, I heavily relied on Pinterest and my every day job at J.Crew to get inspired. Now I’m really into the idea of light layers, and I’m actually excited to get dressed. I’m not bragging…but I THINK I may have found the key to layering in the warmer months — a linen outfit for summer!

I’ll be the first to admit that when the weather starts getting warmer, I don’t know how to dress. I’m truly just a girl who loves to wear lots of layers but also struggles with sweating constantly no matter what the temperature is. SO, I had to figure some things out. And this outfit right here was THE outfit that made me realize I can still dress how I want even when the temps rise.

Linen Outfit For Summer

When it comes to dressing for spring and summer, we really need to focus on fabrics. What is going to not only look great, but also keep us as cool as possible? My first instinct is to say linen, and I’m sure your mind went there too. Apparently linen has been used ever since humans learned how to make fabrics. It’s scientifically proven to be a cooler fabric – it absorbs moisture because of its relative stiffness, meaning it lays away from the body and creates space for ventilation.

A linen outfit for summer is obviously a no brainer. But since we’re thinking about getting dressed as a formula, I needed to think about what fabrics pair well with linen. The best option is COTTON. Cotton is probably the next most breathable, cooling fabric after linen, so these are a perfect match. A good quality cotton should allow for some moisture absorption which will allow you to cool down quickly…or not get that hot in the first place.

I really loved pairing these linen pants (under $100!) with this cotton sweater . Of course, I wore a tank underneath just in case I did get a little warm, but these fabrics work so well together when the temperatures are in the 60s or 70s.

Pro Tip: The more you wash and wear linen, the softer the fabric becomes – this gives more of a “flattering” appearance and the wrinkles become a little less intense. So don’t be afraid to wear and wash your linen. BUT BE CAREFUL AND JUST HANG DRY TO AVOID SHRINKING!!!

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  1. 4.23.24
    Astyork said:

    Thank you for sharing your stylish linen outfit ideas for summer! Your blog post offers fresh inspiration for staying cool and chic during the warmer months. Can’t wait to try out these effortlessly stylish looks