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.


    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

    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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    • Dubli

      What a hit on all 3 of these outfits. Excellent use of contrasting colors and textures! The background setting was also perfect for this article shoot!

    • Jeanscuffed

      Man! This photography…just pure magic Alex!! This is eons past your previous content when I first discovered the blog which is how it should be.
      I never knew linen knits could be so versatile. Thanks for shedding light guys!

      • Alex Crawford

        Thanks man!

    • Paul Evans

      Nice shoes!

    • TO

      Would have loved to see some closeup a of the linen crew neck/bomber look. Nicely done all around! I got some linen knitwear at the end of last year’s summer on sale at Club Monaco. Definitely will be on the lookout for more in the future, lots of great thing about them (breathability, light weight, etc) as is mentioned!

    • Sean

      Those oxblood Chelsea boots are sleek!

      • AdamE

        Those boots ruined this whole post. The photography is amazing, the linen pieces are great, but I barely noticed all of that because of those boots… They are clearly worthy of their own feature… And their presence in this one was a show stealer so you almost miss the point since you’re stuck gawking at the boots…

    • Vincent Nappi

      Absolutely gorgeous shots. Great work, Alex.

      • Alex Crawford

        Thanks Vincent!

    • AFH

      I have that Zara top – thrifted no less. It’s quite long though; I wasn’t 100% sure it wasn’t a women’s sweater dress.

      Linen knitwear is indeed highly underrated.

      • Antwan Davis

        That Zara top is killer. Wish I could find one I’m guessing this is an old pick up

        • Dan Trepanier

          ’bout four years old. That’s the gift and the curse of Zara’s industry-changing turnaround time. All the pieces are limited, so you better buy them when you see them! Cheers mate.

          • Antwan Davis

            Dan, I figured that and yea they do go quick. Just picked up a solid Steven Alan linen cable knit v neck sweater in a taupe color. Figured I could do some things with this.. Great post my man.

            • Dan Trepanier

              Agreed. Thanks Antwan!

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