I have a love/hate relationship with linen. It looks so elegant on the straight size models, and people appear in those home catalogs constantly set up to imply the Hamptons looking so smooth and light and elegant.
Then it gets on my body and WRINKLE CITY! I’ve never been great with an iron, and one of the reasons I do the windblown look with my hair is because even on the calmest day, it will end up looking that way. Even so, it’s a classic – and a summer standby. I’m one of those people that will not wear shorts – I am insecure about my big belly, odd given what else flaps, but hey, it’s been with me to be insecure about the longest – and linen pants are by far the most elegant work around, when hemmed properly.
What is linen?
It usually looks like this for plus-size women:
It’s made from the flax plant. All that stuff about flaxen hair in the Norse fairytales? It’s referring to the shade above – not the gold shiny bouncy thing advertisers pound now.
Before flax becomes your pants or top, it looks like this:
Sometimes, after it’s harvested, it looks like this:
No worries, free-range vegans will not eat your pants. They’ll be too concerned about the origins of buttons and zippers. Also, flax seed oil? I know firsthand it’s a decent egg substitute. (I’m not vegan, just expansive in my cooking approach.)
There aren’t a lot of pure linens out there these days – many can be mixed with other material, like cotton and hemp. So it’s not a pure linen, but it’s got its benefits, affordability not least among them. It’s also the oldest known textile, if you don’t count fur as a textile. These days it’s expensive to produce – thus why you see them in catalogs implying weekends in the Hamptons.