When the sun does decide to come out, you’ll want to feel comfortable and cool, while still maintaining your meticulous style standards – that’s where linen comes in. To stay cool in this summer heat, linen definitely can’t be topped by any other fabric. Crafted from plant fibers, this fine material is praised for its lightweight form and breathability, making it arguably the perfect fabric for when temperatures rise. Not only does it feel good, but it looks good too, lending itself to the classic, gentlemanly look of times gone by. Just picture the glamour of the French Riviera and you’re halfway there. Now there is cotton as well but when you understand some properties of this fabric and compare with cotton, you will see that it should be your first preference. Linen is highly breathable, much more so than cotton due to its comparatively lower thread counts. It has a very high moisture absorbency rate, making it the ideal summer fabric for hot and humid climates. It’s also hypoallergenic, which means sweat is less likely to break down its fibers.
While linen is 30 per cent stronger than cotton, its chief advantage is its longevity. Although a brand new cotton shirt will feel smoother and silkier to the touch, linen only really starts coming into its own after about three to five years of wear.
It tends to become softer and shinier with each wash too, whereas cotton does the opposite. Flax fibers don’t stretch a great deal and are resistant to damage caused by abrasion, which generally speaking is a good thing, although repeated folding and ironing can wear out collars on linen shirts.
With all the pros and cons, linen still tops my list of materials when traveling a place with high humidity and scorching heat. Thailand as we all know have mixed weather, humidity on the beaches and high temperature on city side. And when talking about the linens, no one tops the 100% linen collection by Celio this summer. Every season they come up with their summer linens collection and this time as well it was no less than the last season. From lightweight accessories to breathable tailoring, here are the linen pieces I picked from Celio for my Thailand trip some weeks back.
For the Beach
Beach is a place where you obviously want to just tan yourself topless while sporting some cool printed shorts. well don’t take me wrong, I did that too but at the same time I sported the linens collection when I reached the Phuket beach and couldn’t stop myself from taking some great pictures midst the scenic beauty. While the sun was shining, in between the blues of water and the palm trees, I chose this bright red shirt with beige pants to create a classic combination and adding a perfect stole to match the happy colors. Wearing the right accessories like a stylish sunglass, some beads in hand and my favorite watch completes the look. I chose a slip on in blue color with some tropical print to add some quirky element to this color blocked look.
For the streets
Streetstyle is done best when kept carefree. that’s how my second look with Celio linens was. Similar to the first style but keeping in the summer heat of Bangkok, I chose the olive shirt with a dark navy blue linen trouser. To add the right amount of contrast, I chose a checkered white and black stole and complemented it with the white shoes. The look was perfect for a stroll at the Chatuchak weekend market in Bangkok. I accessorized the same with a black beads and silver pendant neck accessory by Bebajrang which surely added the extra charm. To complement the silver and black, I kept the watch sleek with the black strap and a silver cuff.
Both outfits by- Celio
For the Beach- Slip ons by Zara, Sunglass by Rayban, Watch by Fossil
For the Street- Shoes by Alternate, Sunglass by MacV, Watch by Daniel Wellington
All Accessories by Bebajrang
Photography by Vidit Jain
Location- Phuket, Bangkok- Thailand