Linen shirts and minty mojitos

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Linen shirts and minty mojitos

Because nothing says summer like a linen shirt (and minty, minty mojitos)

27 March

Summer. Time to break out of your care-worn, dull-winter habits and adopt a more expressive way of life. Time to consign that white, cotton shirt that has been worn relentlessly to the back of the wardrobe. Time to start wearing some linen shirts and maybe, even, embracing colour.

Linen is the Marmite of summer clothing, some people love it and some wouldn’t dare clad themselves in the stuff. Just like Marmite. But the fact remains that at such a low thread count compared to cotton, it makes the material extremely porous, breathable and therefore well adapted to warm climates. Also, its flax fibre construction means it does not stretch a lot and is more resistant to wear than cotton.

And linen is not just a wardrobe spruce, but it is an investment piece that really will pay off for many summers to come. With each wash linen becomes slightly softer and shinier, so that after about 3-5 years it is at its most comfortable. Of course, it does have a propensity for creasing (which is why some people might be put off) but if we are honest, we quite like that.

Chester Barrie’s linen shirts are flexible friends; they work brilliantly as casual or smart-casual pieces. So it won’t matter whether it’s the humming blow of the AC through the boardroom or the faint sea breeze, these shirts will keep you cool and ready for action.

A few refreshing Mojito recipes, perfect for the summer BBQ:

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