Linen Knitwear

April 13th, 2015

Linen is a textile made from the fibers of the flax plant, scientifically known as Linum usitatissimum. Linen can be laborious to harvest and manufacture, but the fiber is extraordinarily absorbent and garments made of linen are valued for their exceptional coolness and freshness in hot weather.

We’ve featured many linen pieces over the years; suits, jackets, trousers, etc. What we haven’t highlighted enough is that linen can also be found in the knitwear category. Linen sweaters have a loose weave, a dry hand, and all of the same breathability and coolness you’d expect from the good ‘ol flax plant.

So as the weather warms up, don’t let all that layering you’ve been working on go out the window. Invest in some lightweight fabrics and some linen knitwear, and soon you’ll realize that layering doesn’t need to be restricted to the Fall and Winter.

Here are three lightweight linen sweaters that will instantly amp up your Spring/Summer wardrobe.

Linen V-Neck


A linen knit is usually very loosely woven, allowing air to pass right threw it. Wearing it under an unlined linen/silk jacket is a smooth way to add a little texture and depth to a lightweight look.

  • Panama hat Vintage ·
  • Silk/Linen Tweed Jacket ·
  • Linen knit sweater by Zara ·
  • Slim brown leather belt Vintage ·
  • Chocolate suede tassel loafers by Paul Evans
  • · Burgundy suit trousers

Burgundy Worsted Trouser

Linen Crewneck


A pure linen bomber is another great layering piece for Spring. This tobacco brown version looks great with blues and grays, and it can serve as a go-to jacket for just about any casual occasion from March-July.

  • Oxblood chelsea boots by Paul Evans ·
  • Linen ombre knit sweater by Ralph Lauren ·
  • Linen bomber jacket by Ted Baker ·
  • Vintage Ralph Lauren sunglasses via Kings of Past
  • · Navy cotton trousers

Royal Cotton Trouser

Linen Cardigan


The real beauty of a linen knit is that it can be thick and heavy without being overly warm. The chunky coarse yarn of this cardigan makes it perfect for throwing over a thinner form-fitting sweater, like this cashmere crewneck.

  • Brown Straw Hat by Stetson ·
  • Vintage Ralph Lauren sunglasses via Kings of Past ·
  • Cashmere crewneck sweater by Sand ·
  • Green 100% linen cardigan by John Varvatos ·
  • White denim jeans by Helmut Lang ·
  • Chukka boots by Amsterdam Shoe Co

Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier

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