Inspired by this Twitter conversation with renowned Irish author Marian Keyes (a fan of LinenMe’s linen dresses), we got thinking about why women’s clothes need pockets. It seems obvious, but so few garments (particularly dresses and skirts) are made with useful-sized pockets that we thought we’d investigate further.
Why do women need pockets? Well sometimes we don’t want to lug a bag around. It is liberating to not have a bag hanging round your neck all the time. Sometimes you don’t want to think about accessories and sizes, you just want somewhere to stash your phone and purse or wallet. There are those who think pockets spoil the silhouette or cut of a dress, and of course, a slinky body-con number is probably not going to be enhanced by some pockets. But for clothes that are designed for everyday there’s always a place for a pocket. We love having somewhere to put our hands when we are standing. We love the comfy feel pockets bring to a pair of trousers or a dress. We like the way the fabric moves and hangs around them. And pockets are super practical too, offering an easy place to stash essential items or things we are using temporarily.
There is a perception that women’s clothes should be all about beauty, whereas men’s clothing is about utility. We disagree. There’s no reason we can’t have both. If you want your clothes to be comfortable yet stylish and well cut then a simple linen shift dress with pockets is just the thing. Or a boxy cardigan with pockets large enough to carry your notebook. Or a pair of loose, flowing culottes with handy pockets that give the fabric some extra flip.
This dress is the perfect example of how style can meet function. It has a drapey cut yet doesn’t swamp, and the detailing at the neck and the scooped hem keep things charming yet unfussy. The two fabulous, spacious pockets at the front have been designed to be a feature, rather than hidden away, and have plenty of room for important items. Or just for putting your hands in. Relaxed, flowy, comfortable and made from pure super soft linen, we can’t think of anything more lovely for Spring. We are already imagining stashing sandwiches in the pockets and taking our lunch break outdoors, flinging a lipstick and some concealer into a pocket to take us from work to evening, and layering up with a chunky knit for the still-chilly winter days while we wait for the seasons to turn.
Here’s what we would put in our pockets:
To keep lips naturally moisturised and add a bit of colour to our winter skin.
Something slimline that we can dip in an out of.
To cut down on waste and reduce the amount of plastics we throw away each day.
So we always smell great.
For on-the-go touch-ups and covering those pimply outbreaks.
Essential, and best on a keyring like this to stop us losing them.
A charming little coin purse for when all you need is loose change and a free spirit.
What would you put in yours?
At this time of year our thoughts inevitably turn to the year that is ending. We think back to the events – good and bad – that stand out, and also remember the quieter moments that make up the everyday. This year has seen some troubling political developments and horrific events across the world, but there has also been much to be thankful for. On a smaller scale, we thought we would give you a round up of Linenbeauty’s 2017, and some ideas on how to make 2018 a great year.
So what happened at Linenbeauty in 2017?
A Simple Path launch
This year saw the launch of our new interview series, A Simple Path, in which we speak to creatives, entrepreneurs and social media influencers about what makes them tick. We are honoured to have featured some fantastic guests and learned so much about what inspires them, what slow living means to them, and how we can all strive to make our world a better place. If you missed any of the interviews, go here, here, or here for a taste of our slow living journey.
Slow Living Guide
Inspired by these interviews, and by the issues around authenticity and social media bubbles, we collected together the wisdom we have gleaned over the course of 2017 and created our own guide to slow living. In it we address ideas like: what is slow living, how realistic is it to try to live a simple life and how can we balance the practical requirements of everyday life with a need for something fulfilling and nurturing? If you haven’t read it already, you can find it here.
Our love for linen
Underpinning our philosophy of sustainable and mindful living is our love for linen. This year we explored various topics with linen at the heart. We were lucky to interview Emma O’Connor from Sussex Past who gave us fascinating insights into cleaning linen in the past (including some rather surprising things!), and are hoping to follow this up with more on the history of linen next year.
We also discovered natural ways to clean your house, explored the lure of wild swimming, dug around for great books that will help you simplify your life, considered how to create a seasonal capsule wardrobe and gathered some simple, festive holiday traditions from across the globe.
How you can make 2018 your best year yet
This book is a great place to start. Based around realistic goal-setting and workshop-style activities, this book will help you start the new year feeling positive and focused. You could even buy a few copies for friends and work on the activities together, providing support and encouragement.
Visualisation and mood-boarding is also a powerful way to think about what you would like to achieve over the coming months. Find old magazines and newspapers and create a collage of images that inspire and represent your goals for the year. These don’t need to be material things, like a new car etc, though they can be if you choose. But you can think about what kind of life you want to live and find images that encapsulate the qualities and feelings associated with it, like freedom, mindfulness, a slower pace, for example.
January is the perfect time for a Spring clean, however strange that may sound. By the time Spring comes there will be gardening to tend to and your days will increasingly be spent outside, whereas the dark, cold winter months force us to put our attention onto the inside of our houses. Your home is central to your wellbeing, so spend time walking around each room and thinking of easy ways you could make changes that will enhance the look and function. It might mean a simple re-organisation of the furniture, washing or replacing the curtains, or hanging some new pictures. Or it could mean a wholesale redecoration and revamp. The result will be that you start the year with a considered home that will help you live as happily and effectively as you can.
On New Year’s Eve we have a tradition where we all gather around the kitchen table, light a candle and then write down resolutions for the year ahead. We start with listing things we are grateful for from the year that is ending, and then write down our hopes and goals for the new year. With kids it can be useful to give them some pointers (otherwise it can turn into a bit of a shopping wish list!), like ‘Things I would like to achieve’ or ‘Things I would like to learn’. We then store our lists in a jar and don’t get them out until the following New Year’s Eve, when we review what we managed to achieve.
However you spend your New Year’s Eve and start off 2018, we would like to wish you a very happy, peaceful and fulfilling year ahead. Thank you for reading, and for joining us on these pages. If you have any suggestions for ways to make the coming year even better, do share them in the comments. We would love to hear them.
If you are looking for some new rituals to share with your loved ones over the holiday season, look no further. We’ve hunted around for some lovely holiday traditions that all foster a spirit of togetherness, thoughtfulness and comfort. Whether you adapt these to suit your personal preferences, or wholeheartedly embrace an established ritual, we hope these ideas will bring a fresh energy and joyful time for you and your family and friends.
Jolabokaflod (Iceland) – Holiday Traditions
Do you ever have that thing when, as the season changes, you look into your clothes drawers or closet and realise you have NOTHING to wear? The weather here changed so dramatically in the space of just a few days taking us from shorts to woolly socks seemingly overnight. And there seems to be very little in the closet that will actually work for right now. If you are organised, your fall/winter wardrobe will be stored safely awaiting this change in temperature and you can just switch them around. But if, like us, you just seem to have no appropriate clothes, here’s how to clear out your closet and make your wardrobe work for you this season.
To get started, empty all your clothes onto the bed. Hold each item in turn and ask yourself these questions:
In the summer you want easy-to-wear, comfortable linen clothes that work with lots of things in your wardrobe and that don’t need lots of special care. Simple, unfussy, hard-wearing items that you can throw on for a trip to the beach or a picnic, or just for pottering around the house. Linen really comes into its own in the warmer summer months. It’s lightweight, cool (it regulates your body temperature so you stay comfortable all day), easy to pack for vacations, easy to care for and looks great on its own or layered on chilly evenings.
If you are looking to add some linen garments to your capsule wardrobe, or need some beautiful linen clothes, linen dresses or linen tunics for an upcoming holiday, here’s our edit of essential things you will love this summer.
If you’ve been gripped by the energy of renewal that Spring brings, you may be turning to your home and tackling those areas that are in need of some TLC. Brighter, sunnier days can show up smeary windows that have been curtained off throughout the Winter. Bulky woollies might need to be stored away, leaving space for fresh, lighter clothes. Now that you can throw open the windows those tired corners can get a lick of paint, and heavy drapes can be replaced by lightweight linen curtains. Spring cleaning needed be a massive task – just focussing for 15 minutes on each room can bring some Springtime sparkle into your house, and even the busiest of us can find this small amount of time for some sprucing. To get you inspired, here are 5 Spring cleaning essentials to put the fun back into housework and the beauty back into your cleaning cupboard.
Linen makes the ideal choice for clothing and bedding in summer. It’s magically quick to dry, wicks moisture away from your skin, is breathable and lightweight, and perfect for travel (more on packing for a trip here). To keep your linen happy and looking beautiful this summer, follow these simple tips for your linen care.
We at Linenbeauty are hereby proclaiming the linen tunic as a hero of our wardrobe. Linen is renowned for its moisture-wicking properties, its airy comfort and being quick drying, which makes it the perfect fabric to wear in summer. We all need those garments that we can rely on to make us look and feel great, whatever the occasion. To show you how versatile a linen tunic can be we have put together 5 different outfits that will see you from the office to the beach and happily into autumn.
With spring approaching faster and faster every day most of us start thinking about relaxing in the rooftop gardens, cycling around the city and late afternoon barbeques in the garden. When the burgers and hot dogs are ready, remember to think about several more things that you’ll need to make your barbeque evening just perfect.