The official start of summer is nearly here! The Summer Solstice, which falls on Saturday June 20th this year, indicates the official beginning of Summer, a season marked by warm weather and more time spent outside. As the weather gets hotter and the days get even longer, the need for comfortable, breathable clothing is reaching a fever pitch. As our loyal customers know, much of the linen clothing that FLAX offers is specifically designed for the hot days Summer brings, as the lightweight linen fabric contains inherent properties that perfectly complement a hot Summer day. 

For one, linen is breathable and encourages great airflow. Due to its construction, linen is naturally permeable to the air, which encourages the circulation that keeps you cooler for longer. Furthermore, linen can absorb up to 1/5 of its weight in liquid without feeling noticeably damp. Meaning, while you sweat, the linen will actually wick away the moisture! These dual mechanisms of linen create a natural cooling effect, which makes FLAX an essential for any Summer wardrobe. While all linen is naturally lightweight, FLAX offers several styles in a Handkerchief-weight linen, more delicate and lightweight than any other linen they offer, ensuring you won’t feel bogged down by a heavy fabric in the heat. Rather than feel inhibited by the hot weather, you can stay cool and comfortable in FLAX linen clothing while looking stylish to boot! Keep in mind that 100% linen fabric gives slightly as you wear it, adding comfort as the day goes on, and is durable enough to be machine washable without the worry of shrinkage -- an effortless choice for a hot Summer day. 

For a relaxed day out in the sunshine, the Horizon Dress from the more contemporary, Urban Flax 2020 collection, is our Top Pick. Featuring 100% Handkerchief Linen that has been steam-crunched to achieve the signature "crinkled" look of the Urban FLAX collections, the Horizon Dress has 3/4 sleeves and a round neckline in a soft Cotton Knit. It includes a feminine pintuck detail along the back and a shirttail hem, which adds a softer finish and even more movement. The Horizon Dress is ideal for achieving high style with low maintenance, and is offered in four summery shades: Guava, Jade, Indigo, and White. In this dress, you can forget all about the heat, slip on a pair of sandals, and just enjoy the sun! 

Finally, Summertime can signify new beginnings and a dynamic vitality. With an unusual Spring behind us, we can look at the beginning of Summer as a moment to look towards the future with unrelenting hope. I would like to end this week’s post with the poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar, an African American poet and playwright of the late 1800’s, who wrote about this palpable buzz of energy in an excerpt of his poem In Summer.    ~ Sophia,  J.Fenton Gallery (Williamsburg, VA)


Oh, summer has clothed the earth

In a cloak from the loom of the sun!

And a mantle, too, of the skies' soft blue,

And a belt where the rivers run.

 

And now for the kiss of the wind,

And the touch of the air's soft hands,

With the rest from strife and the heat of life,

With the freedom of lakes and lands.