Beach-loving Belgian Linens: A few of my favorites!

I don’t know about you, but I’m absolutely ready for summer. I can’t get enough of the feeling of warm sun and beach breezes--which means shopping for summer accessories while waiting for temperatures to peak is on my list for favorite things to do in the Spring. One of the best things about Belgian linen is its airy feel. It’s a luxury linen that breathes, but still provides warmth when pulled tight against the body (even rumpled up). Though it can be an incredibly classy accessory, Belgian linen is perfect for beach casual.

A few of my favorite Belgian linen must-haves for trips to the beach:

* The Kate Linen Shawl: This is an absolute necessity, whether it’s an evening walk with my husband or a day trip with the kids. It’s 24" x 95", so it’s the perfect wrap around or impromptu blanket for sitting on the hot sand.

* Lala Linen Long Gown: Not only is white the perfect beach color for keeping cool, the Belgian linen is incredibly airy. In fact, research has demonstrated that a person who wears linen sweats 1.5 times less than when wearing cotton and 2 times less than wearing a synthetic such as rayon. This is great news--especially when we’re stopping for dinner or snacks on the way home! Even it’s straps make it easy to stay cool, without leaving indentations on my shoulders when I pull it off for a swim!

* Libeco Linen Perth Shouldersac: This shoulder bag is soft, earthy, and easy to store between uses. I originally thought of this bag for my day-to-day use (which I certainly still do!), but have found it perfect for beach necessities: blankets, sunblock, sunglasses, etc.

Another great thing about the Belgian linen is that it only becomes softer and smoother over time. I fully anticipate sharing the bag with my daughter in the future and it’s good to know the wear won’t cause damage.

Of course, returning from the beach means cleaning out a bit of sand. Linens by Didriks recommends using detergent that is free of enzymes. Woolite® original fabric wash works well and is also available in an High Efficiency formula for front loading washers. It’s also recommended to leave linens in the sun when stains just won’t come out (best for whites, of course).

What are your summer must-haves?