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Since stylish men’s fashion is often associated with layering, summer can be a tricky time to dress comfortably but also stylishly for men (poor men can’t just throw on a maxi dress to beat the heat in style!). I’m anticipating the arrival of some beautiful linen fabric in the mail (from Fabrics Store) which is destined to become linen Jedediah Shorts and so have been searching high and low for summer menswear inspiration. I’ve found two main interpretations of linen menswear for the summer:
1. Linen as casual and effortless. The beautiful thing about linen menswear is that it couldn’t be easier to add personality into a classic and easy to wear garment. Simply soften up the pants with a few washes, live in them a little to create some creases and quickly roll up the hems…voila, instant high style (as seen on the Vivienne Westwood SS14 runway)!
Wrinkles can be intentionally worn as a built in ‘layer’ to add style to a garment instead of piling on another sweater or another tie to create a unique outfit.
2. Linen as dapper and elegant. Walking around in wrinkled pants might feel sloppy to some men, and if that’s the case, they need not steer clear of linen as there is an entirely different way of wearing this cool and comfortable fabric in the summer.
Simply take an iron to the very same pants and a whole new dapper look is born!
Of course, linen tends to wrinkle as it is worn throughout the day but, by starting the day crisp and smart, the end-of-the-day worn in garments will simply ease the wearer into the wrinkled stylishness of Interpretion #1!
I’m really looking forward to sewing my linen Jedediah Shorts! Do you like sewing with linen? Do you have any tips for me in regards to fabric preparation, seam treatments or styling?