I’m Outfitting My Entire Life in Linen and No One Can Stop Me

If you were to ask me what the most amazing, gotta-have it, might die without it material in the world is, you might expect an answer like silk or cashmere. Or, I don’t know, some kind of NASA-engineered microfiber specifically designed for comfort. But you’d be wrong. The correct answer is linen.

Yep, there’s something about the sorta rough, very wrinkle-prone material favored by tenured anthropology professors and sassy Miami octogenarians that makes me want to outfit myself and my entire home in the stuff. It doesn’t hurt that it’s naturally cool in hot weather or that it’s more sustainable than cotton. I mean, linen is over 30,000 years old—no biggie—and was prized by the ancient Egyptians. Here, nine ways I’m living my best life while surrounding myself with all the linen.

My Friends Made Fun of Me for Wearing This Trend Last Year—and Now It’s Everywhere

reformation linen jumpsuit

Button-front Jumpsuit

Thank you, Reformation, for convincing everyone else in the world that linen is sexy and not just sensible attire for a beekeeper. (Although, can’t it just be both?!) 

snowe linen sheets


Fact: Linen sheets are the bedding equivalent of an ASMR video. For years I was mistakenly chasing high thread counts when all I really needed for blissful slumber was a full-body micro-massage. 

topshop linen blazer


Ideal for those moments when you want to lean into the Florida retiree vibe. 

rough linen pinafore apron

Cross-back Apron

When you put on this apron, you immediately become a rustic-chic food blogger who grows her own herbs and bakes sourdough from scratch. Crazy, but entirely true. 

by far danielle slingbacks


Why yes, it does look like these smart heels were made from the leftover fabric used to upholster a ’70s couch.

the lazy poet linen pajamas


You’re damn right, I do want to feel like I’m sleeping on a hammock in the tropics even when I am, in fact, just on an Ikea bed in Brooklyn. 

loomstead linen waffle throw blanket

Waffle-knit Throw

What, I’m supposed to watch Netflix sans blanket just because it’s 85 degrees out? I don’t think so. P.S. You can’t argue with a living-room accessory that actually looks better rumpled.

linen bow barrette

Bow Barrette

Oh, just tying my hair back after a long day herding sheep in an Alpine meadow. You know how it is.

linenme linen bath towel

Bath Towel

Pros of standard terrycloth: very soft, very cozy. Pros of linen: more absorbent and quicker drying than cotton, antimicrobial, makes you feel vaguely French. (Tough call, really.)

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From 2016-2019 Carolyn Kuang-chen Stanley held the role of Editor covering food, travel and all things nyc.