We love linen. No really, we love it – it’s a bit of an obsession around Peppermint HQ. It’s entirely possible that, if linen were a person, it’d be taking out a restraining order right now.
Being based in humid Brisbane we know the benefits of a breathable natural fibre, and we love the crumply, no-need-to-iron and just gets softer and softer thing that linen has going on. Plus it grows without pesticides and fertilisers, leaves no waste and uses far less water than cotton in production – meaning it’s literally the feel-good choice. As spring has now officially sprung, we’re consigning the jumpers to the back of the wardrobe and looking to some up-and-coming linen brands for inspiration. If you’re as floored by flax as we are, look away now.
When we discovered this Etsy store we’re pretty sure the heavens opened and angels sang. Not only is it a handmade linen wonderland, but it also offers more stripes, polka dots and jumpsuits than you can shake a linen-covered stick at. Particular shout out to the perfect stripy dress (below), the spiffy shirt dress (above) and this polka dot jumpsuit of dreams.
Pyne and Smith’s dresses are designed and made in sunny California by the equally sunny Jo – a Brit who loves linen dresses, stripes and cake in equal measure. A girl after our own hearts, and we’re particularly in love with this indigo stripe midi frock.
We love this bijou label – a short and sweet collection of monochromatic minimalist loveliness with dramatic sleeves (particular shout-out to this drapey number)
We don’t mean to disagree, but the range of linen clothing and homewares in a muted palette of dusty roses, dove greys and slate blues looks pretty darn perfect to us. Our top picks are this checked linen dress (below), this high waist midi skirt and this dreamy pinafore.
As well as a love of linen, we’ve also got a thing for mustard. Yep, we have a lot of things. Anyway, it means we let out a tiny yelp when we saw the new range from sustainable, ethical and super transparent (production, not clothing, phew) label Lois Hazel. The mustard singlets! The cute and comfy-looking dresses! The mustard flouncy skirt! Did we mention THE MUSTARD. Godspeed, vaguely healthy bank balance. Godspeed.
WORDS: HELEN DEWAR