Peta Rooney tells where to find the best, budget-priced, linen shirts – for him and her.
I was recently at Melbourne’s Chadstone Shopping Centre looking for a present for my brother’s birthday.
I had mentally decided I wanted to buy him a long-sleeved, linen shirt that he could wear with jeans or casual pants. I prefer long sleeved linen shirts on men as they can roll them up and look casually modern.
I was seriously “blown away” by the number of options and the price points – from high end in the top department stores to great value in the discount department stores and some of the specialist chain store retailers.
The Irish have always been know for their quality linens, such as Moygashel linen. Moygashel is not only the name of a small town in Northern Ireland, but also the home of this very famous brand of linen that was established in 1795. Once upon a time, you could only get Irish or Italian linen, but nowadays you can get beautiful linens from all over the world, including China, which means it is more affordable.
I started my search in David Jones where I spotted this gorgeous shirt from Country Road in a coral colour. And it was in Irish linen, which impressed me even more, but at $129 it was over my budget. The David Jones house brand offered this classic shirt at a more affordable price of $79.99 and came in an array of colours. Suddenly, I decided I wanted a linen shirt too. This Country Road women’s linen shirt is made from French linen, and I loved the khaki colour, but it was still over what I was prepared to pay even for myself.
I then made my way to Uniqlo, where I found the most wonderful range of colours in this sleeveless linen shirt for only $39.90 or this long-sleeve version at $49.90. They have a similar number of colour options and this long-sleeve striped version for the guys also for $49.90.
Target was my next port of call where I found this curved hem overshirt, with a roll-up sleeve in a wonderful chambray blue at $39, along with this sleeveless linen dress for those hot summer days. Unfortunately Target did not have any linen shirts for men on offer.
My last stop was to call in to Harris Scarfe, where I found and bought this linen shirt for my brother and this striped sleeveless shirt for myself. I chose the stripes for me as I thought that maybe the creasing would not be so noticeable.
I realise that linen is not for everyone, as it does tend to crease, but it is a really cool fabric to wear in the heat of our summers, and if you have the patience to just lightly press after each wash, then I am sure it will get give you many well-dressed outings.
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