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Linen trousers are cool

/ Posted By Viv Allinson / Share:

There is nothing better to keep the lower half of your body cool, and nothing more stylish in the art of dressing, than linen trousers (or linen pants for linen devotees on the other side of the pond), when it comes to comfort in hot weather and warmer climes.                    Alternative skinny-leg styles include man-made fibres, and whilst they might look great with a loose top, they will make you sweat uncomfortably in the heat. In hot weather, people wearing linen clothes have been found to show a skin temperature 3-4 degrees less than those similarly dressed in even cotton or silk.  Linen is a natural fabric, from the flax (linseed) plant - made into clothing.  It is far more environmentally friendly to grow than even cotton, and certainly more eco-friendly than petroleum-based man-made fibres. It has a well-earned reputation for its exceptional coolness and freshness in hot weather. It allows more air-flow, and its structure means it stays away from the skin allowing better air-flow over the body and round the legs.  It is termed a "stiff" fabric and less likely to cling to the skin.  When it billows away, it will dry out your perspiration and become cool quickly so that your skin is repeatedly being touched by a cooling surface. It also possesses high air permeability, allowing airflow through the fabric itself, providing your body with room to breathe! Yummy.  Linen is virtually lint-free, non-allergenic, naturally insect repellent, and provides UV protection. It has natural antibacterial properties, which is why it is used in medicine. It also acts against the bacteria that can make a person smell.  So, linen trousers are classy, casual, cool and good for your well-being, whether worn in the workplace, at a social gathering, at home, travelling or in a hot climate.  Read "The Trouser verdict" by "I bought a pair of cotton-polyester mix trousers, a linen-cotton mix pair, and a pure linen pair.  Only the latter came anywhere close to meeting my expectations.  The 100% linen trousers were a revelation.  I didn't tend to notice much in the way of water repellent abilities but they dried faster than any of the other pairs, were dramatically lighter, blew the wind in a pleasing way, and appeared to dissuade mosquitoes from biting through the material. The other two pairs were far too warm, and took much longer to dry. Plus the pure linen did actually look good with a few creases."

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