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Is linen cool or hot?

Hello everyone,

I am planning a trip to a tropical destination and I am confused about what type of fabric to choose for my clothing. I have heard mixed opinions about linen - some say it's a cool fabric while others say it's a hot fabric. Can someone please clarify if linen is cool or hot to wear in warm weather? I would appreciate any personal experiences or opinions regarding this. Thank you!

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Hi there,

I personally find linen to be quite cool when worn in warm weather. I live in a hot and humid climate and have worn linen clothing regularly during summers. It allows a lot of air to circulate which keeps me comfortable and I don't feel as sticky or sweaty like I would in some other fabrics. However, it is worth noting that linen does tend to wrinkle easily and can become a bit stiff after washing, so it may require a bit more maintenance than some other fabrics.

Hope that helps!


Hello all,

I have had both positive and negative experiences wearing linen during the summer. On the one hand, it does feel cool and comfortable against the skin, and I appreciate the breathability that it provides. However, as some others have mentioned, the fabric can be difficult to maintain its shape and can wrinkle easily.

To avoid the wrinkling issue, I have found that ironing the linen while it's still slightly damp can help to prevent deep-set creases. Additionally, I recommend checking the labels of linen clothes before purchasing them, as clothes that have a higher percentage of a different fabric can offer more structure and durability.

Ultimately, I would say that linen clothing can be great for hot weather, but it does come with some drawbacks. However, if you want to try it out, I would suggest starting with a small item, like a linen scarf or blouse, to test its comfort and suitability for your needs.


Hi all,

I have worn linen a few times during summers, and honestly, I have mixed feelings about it. On one hand, it does absorb moisture well and keeps me quite cool in the heat, but on the other hand, it wrinkles so easily and requires ironing more often than I would like. Also, it can be quite thin and see-through, so I need to be mindful of what I wear underneath.

That said, it is quite a stylish fabric and can look great in dresses, pants, and blouses. I think it's worth giving it a try and seeing how you feel about it. If you like it, you can always invest in more pieces made from the fabric.


Hello everyone,

I have had mixed experiences with linen fabric as well. On one hand, it does a good job of absorbing moisture and keeping me cool on hot summer days. However, I agree with others that it can be quite prone to wrinkling and can be difficult to iron.

Personally, I have found that linen blends work better for me than pure linen. A linen blend that has a smaller proportion of other materials seems to provide the best of both worlds, offering the cooling benefits of linen with the durability and wrinkle resistance of other materials. But, it all depends on personal preference and style aesthetics. I think it's worth experimenting with different fabrics to see what works best for you.


Hi there,

I agree with user 3 that linen fabric can be quite a style statement, but I have to say that for me personally it's too hot to wear in warm weather. I find that it doesn't wick away moisture well which leaves me feeling quite hot and sweaty. Moreover, the creases that are formed on the fabric look quite messy and unkempt, which means it doesn't work well as professional attire.

I have to say, I'm quite envious of those who find linen cool and comfortable because it is a really nice-looking fabric. Let's hope that we all find suitable fabrics to wear during the summer months!


Hi everyone,

I've worn linen a few times during hot summers, and I think it really depends on the type of linen used. There are varying grades of linen that range from thicker and more stiff varieties to softer, thinner materials. The thicker linen varieties can be quite hot and heavy, whereas the thinner ones tend to be more breathable and cooler.

Personally, I prefer to wear linen pieces in the evening or on cooler summer days. I think it falls in a sweet spot between the heavier fabrics you would wear during colder months and the ultra-light fabrics you would wear in a hot, tropical climate. Additionally, as others have mentioned, linen is a timeless, effortlessly chic fabric--so it's worth giving it a try!



I have worn linen in hot weather too, but I find it to be quite hot and not breathable. I feel like it doesn't wick away moisture well and I am always left feeling a bit damp. I prefer to wear lighter and thinner cotton pieces instead because they tend to be more breathable and absorb sweat better. However, I do appreciate the look and feel of linen, and I think it can be a good choice for cooler summer days.

Overall, I think it depends on your personal preference and how you body reacts to certain fabrics. What works for one person may not work for another, so it's always best to experiment and find what works best for you.

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