Monday, June 27, 2011
Fresco and its relations are excellent warm weather choices for the city and for business travel but, in my opinion, linen is the only cloth for less formal tailored clothing that will be worn in the heat. Whether suits, odd jackets or trousers, linen breathes and wicks away moisture. Indeed, my principal complaint about it is that the heavier Irish linen is not offered in anything but solid colors as the limits of navy, mid-blue, white, cream, tan and brown are reached fairly quickly.
Linen rumples of course, at least the heavy stuff does, and to a greater extent than any other fabric requires ironing or steam after every wearing. Maintaining an unrumpled appearance is a matter of changing it mid-day and again for evening.
In the photo, a white linen safari style jacket is paired with blue linen trousers, a voile shirt and an ascot.