The linen shirt heralds the arrival of the warm summer season. Synonymous with lightness and freedom, it has always been associated with an essential, comfortable style. But thanks to advanced production systems, linen yarns have been adapted to designs that are more and more refined and complex.
One of the advantages of linen that has no comparison with any other yarn is its ability to absorb humidity, equal to its fabric weight, and to release it in a very short time. Its breathable structure, in fact, prevents linen from retaining humidity, so it disperses body heat into the atmosphere. It’s the most efficient body-cooling system in the field of textiles.
This allows the person wearing it to maintain a cooler body temperature, compared with the use of any other fabric such as cotton or silk which, although they are natural, breathable fibres, do not achieve the performance levels of linen. That’s why many more models of shirts and dresses are produced in this yarn, in which nature goes hand in hand with engineering perfection, allowing the excellent qualities of the textile sector to transform it into creations with high stylistic value that will become the must-haves of the male and female wardrobe. From shirts with a more metropolitan flavour in linen and cotton, to those featuring a French collar, they are perfect for wearing in business contexts as well, under cool suits or trousers matched with an unlined jacket – a very popular choice for the modern gentleman of distinction. And one of this season’s highlights is the Mandarin collar shirt, made of exclusive linens in plain colours, thin stripes, and in trendy prints with an ethnic flavour.
Giving a championship performance is the merino-shirt, the shirt made in 50% high-quality linen and 50% extra-fine New Zealand merino wool with its outstanding features of practicality, first of all because it does not crease and then it’s breathable, heat-regulating and antibacterial. And in addition, its production cycle is absolutely sustainable right from shearing, because it does not resort to the practice of mulesing.
The female wardrobe also uses this highly-prized fabric in a big way: women’s shirts are enhanced with what appear to be hand-painted prints, stylish long dresses are characterised by full skirts and thin shoulder straps, and elegant blouses recapture the cut of the Moroccan-style djellaba, both in the neckline and in the wide sleeves; the possibilities for using this versatile fibre are endless, even down to the all-purpose, blazer-cut shirt.
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