As the weather warms up and spring merchandise hits stores, I’m happy to stock up on one of my favorite fabrics…linen! It’s textured, so it brings an element of interest to an outfit that cotton often cannot, and is surprisingly multi-seasonal (I have linen shirts that keep me warmer than some cotton ones!). It’s sturdy, dries quickly (hence it’s popularity in hot climates), and does not collect lint.
Above are two recent linen purchases I’m currently loving, that also happen to come in petite sizes. The stripe is one of the best stripe patterns I’ve seen in a while (I’m stripe-picky…), and the chest pocket detail is perfection. It drapes beautifully and I can’t wait to wear it to death this summer. I plan to tack the sleeves up in a single cuff-fold with a few stitches because they float out just a little far on my frame, but cuffed they look great!
I have a similar love for these slubbed v-neck tees (also comes in stripe, which happens to be on sale!), which drape beautifully and have a true petite neckline in the petite sizes (ie…flatteringly low, but no worries about bra peekage). The shirttail hem is a nice change from traditional squared-off tees, and the center back seam gives it a little interest from behind. Like the stripe tee, the sleeves look great rolled up!
Tip: the fabric of the slubbed v-neck tees is cut on the bias (the weave slants at an angle if you look close), which adds even more interest to their texture. For this reason, if you dry them in a dryer, they will shrink diagonally, and the seams will look twisted. I’ve already designated one of these tees as a sleep shirt after I failed to follow the drying instructions on the tag (dry flat). =P
So many good linen options right now! A few of my other favorites are below: