Putting On the Good Linens – FTIL #13

linen style

I love linen pants.  Stronger than cotton and guaranteed to wrinkle, it is the most perfect summer trouser for men when neither shorts nor jeans fit the social agenda and khakis and dress slacks appear to be over-done.  I’d wear linen all year long if I could – well, maybe except for during Chicago winters…  Spun and woven from the fiber of the flax plant, linen is one of the oldest textiles made (ancient Egyptians dressed their nobility and wrapped their mummies in it) and seemingly has never gone out of style…   And it is making a splash of recent with new color palette, straying away (successfully I might add) from the usual white and beige standards that hang in my closet.  Look for a full spectrum of color offerings, as well as a choice of textures.  Some of my favorites: orange sherbet pastel from Zegna; light navy blue tint from Canali; and Brooks Brothers linen pleats.

Here’s to staying cool and looking good while you do it!

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About Richard Lee
Experienced finance and operations professional. Currently partner in five companies, adjunct professor of economics at Columbia College and executive contributor to a small business blog (www.SMBmatters.com); following corporate finance, M&A and management consulting tenures with Orbitz and Diamond Technology Partners; and six years of service with the United States Army.

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