All of the linen…
Here is my comprehensive “Summer of Linen” post, which includes mini-reviews (and links to the full ones) of all the linen that has passed through, and some, ended up in, my closet. The purpose of this (trying lots of linen) was really to compare different types of linen, to see what I liked the best, and maybe determine what holds up to wear/washing better. Of course, I haven’t tried every single linen brand out there, not even close, so take that for what it’s worth. I did try Amour Vert, Eileen Fisher, Elizabeth Suzann, James Perse, Everlane, Grana, Sunja Link, Esby, Emerson Fry, and Zady.
I’d still love to try Emerson Fry’s linen t-shirts. I had a Not Perfect linen dress come through SLOWRE, and loved the mid-heavyweight linen on that, and I have had CP Shades linen, and found it comparable to Eileen Fisher’s handkerchief linen.
In case you don’t want to read through everything to get to the heart of it, here are my personal favorite linen items, in order of preference (favorite first):
- Elizabeth Suzann – the “heaviest” linen of them all, and for that reason, the “best” in my estimation
- Emerson Fry organic linen caftan – mid-weight, slightly less “heavy” than ES, and oh-so-soft from the beginning
- Eileen Fisher organic handkerchief linen – beautiful lightweight linen, but sturdy
- Everlane woven linen – not the linen tees – light/mid-weight linen, comparable to Emerson Fry, but not as soft at first
- Sunja Link – more stiff
- Zady linen tee – linen tees seem to be mostly all the same, but I found Zady’s linen softens up best, although it DOES tend to loose it’s shape faster
- Amour Vert linen tee – I’ve only had this a couple days, but it’s good. Rather thin, but has a very nice drape
- Everlane linen tees – loose their shape less than Zady, but prefer their older linen tee styles to the new ones
Below, mini-reviews of the linen in my own closet:
All my Eileen Fisher handkerchief linen is perfect for summer heat, and really easy to wear. It’s a good weight, although I slightly prefer Elizabeth Suzann’s heavier weight linen. All the EF linen pieces have held up beautifully to washing & wearing, dry fast, and always get lots of compliments. They show creases/wrinkles a bit more than Elizabeth Suzann, but not as much as Everlane’s linen boyfriend shirt.
I wear the EF linen several days before washing, and in between wears, I spritz each piece quite a bit with water to release the wrinkles and help it look “fresh” for the next wear.
In terms of linen care, I find it incredibly easy to care for: I wash it on delicate, all together, with The Laundress detergent, and then hang to dry. I never iron or steam my linen, mostly because I appreciate linen’s natural look, but also because I find it rather pointless! (Here’s also a great piece at Racked with more details on caring for linen)
(mediocre linen, frankly. It’s good, rather thinner than I like, and sort of stiff, but nothing special, and the style was sort of underwhelming on me. )
(I liked the linen on this top, it was a nice medium-weight, but the style was a little too feminine for me.
It’s up on SLOWRE right now…)
Everlane Linen tunic | sold out – original post
(love this tunic, and it’s held up really really well over the last year, to wearing and washing. I do wish Everlane would bring styles like this back. I like it better than their new linen tees)
(oh, how I love this dress…the linen is quite a bit more stiff than other linen, but I think that’s because of the pattern’s printing. I look forward to it softening up over time, though, I imagine it will)
Everlane linen sleeveless blouse | sold out – original post
(this blouse is wonderful after I got it altered last year. I haven’t worn it but once or twice this year though, in favor of tops with sleeves. The linen isn’t my favorite either, it’s thin and delicate)
(love this sweater, but as you’ll see in my original post, I wish it was cropped and more of a boxy fit. But it is a nice classic fit and makes a great layer – I’ve worn it on the plane. The linen is a nice open-weave, not itchy at all, and although it looks delicate, isn’t.)
(my favorite linen piece – Elizabeth Suzann’s linen is superior to all others; it’s a heavier weight, which means it falls better and doesn’t show wrinkles/creases like many of the other pieces do. It feels soft and supple from the get-go and washes beautifully.)
(I like this tee, but the v-neck is so huge it’s hard to wear. And after I washed it it shrunk in length a bit, which is okay, I like the new length better actually. Everlane’s linen tees start out pretty itchy, and this one is still not super-soft yet.)
Everlane linen shirt dress | sold out – original post
(I liked this okay, but gave it to my sister because she loved it…)
(this is another favorite linen piece – I like the quality of the linen, it’s a bit heavier than Eileen Fisher’s handkerchief linen but slightly lighter-weight than Elizabeth Suzann)
Zady linen tee – it has shrunk in length since this picture, and lost some shape, become stretched out a bit more around the hips.
A note on linen t-shirts: I like the general construction (finished, folded under hems) of Zady’s linen tee, but not the shape. The linen on all the linen tees seems very similar, maybe Everlane’s is a little heavier than either Zady’s or Amour Vert’s. Amour Vert uses an “open stitching” method on the hems, which I find strange, and am not convinced it will hold up for years that way, and I was disappointed that the hem at the neck isn’t folded over and stitched so it doesn’t pop out. But I love the shape…
I also tried the Grana linen boyfriend shirt (it came through for consignment on SLOWRE) and thought the linen was inferior to Everlane’s boyfriend shirt, but the fit was slimmer – less oversized.
Le Fil Rouge linen blanket (via credits from Garmentory) – LOVE THIS – so does Dagny 🙂
What is your favorite linen? How do you care for it? What’s your oldest linen piece?
(FYI, Rodale’s is offering an extra 30% off all sale items now, and there are quite a few good linen pieces from Nuthatch, Not Perfect, CP Shades & Eileen Fisher in the sale section)