In my recent trip to Sri Lanka, I was a tad concerned with the tropical heat. Coming from Singapore and the blistering heat I was experiencing days before my departure, I needed some cool and light fabrics that were light to pack and kept me feeling fresh as I took on the Southern Peninsula of Sri Lanka, home to beaches, safaris and lakes. Boy, was I glad when Grana came to my rescue!
Grana is an online retailer focused on offering modern essentials made from high quality fabrics at affordable prices. This Hongkong based brand has a flagship “fitting room” for customers to shop and try on garments then order online from their centralised warehouse in Hong Kong. They’ve cut out the middlemen, sourced directly from fabric mills and kept their distribution model lean by selling online. That translates into 20-30% savings for consumers shopping for fine basics from similar retailers selling comparable – if not better – quality.
Of late, I’ve been obsessed with pastels and linens. I was delighted to see that Grana had a French Linen collection as France is known as the world leader for flax fibres and produces some of the world’s finest linen. I was impressed with the quality and design of the fabrics; they were the epitome of laid back luxe.
Here’s a look at 2 pieces, I’ve chosen to tide me through some hot SUMMER days in Sri Lanka (also read on for how to layer these pieces for the cooler seasons):
Shop this: Linen Side Button Dress
Shop this: Linen Jumpsuit
The combination of linen and pastels is a dreamy and romantic look that goes with any location and season. I know what you’re thinking, aren’t linens just for summer? We often think of linen as a warm weather textile, but turns out it’s just as functional in colder months. In the colder months, you could simply switch up your layering and make the outfit work throughout the seasons. Constructed out of hollow fibers, linen acts as a natural insulator, keeping you cool in the summertime and warm in the dead of winter.
In early autumn, I love to feel the cool air against my skin. I would simply go with a white short sleeved cotton shirt beneath the 2 outfits in the day. At night, I’ll simply throw on a cashmere or wool cardigan keep me warm outdoors. As fall approaches winter, start layering it further with a trench coat.
It’s all about smart layering to stay warm in winter. You want to pile on light-weight high quality fabrics that are able to keep you warm yet light on your feet. The last thing I would want is to have heavy layers weighing me down in winter. Beneath these 2 outfits, I would pair a round neck long sleeved thermal top for the Linen Side Button Dress and a turtle necked fine knit sweater for the Linen Jumpsuit. Linens are highly water-resistant and retains heat remarkably well , throw on a pair of thermal leggings beneath it together with a long winter coat and you’re all set for a blustery snow day. Optional: you could layer it further by throwing over a cropped or oversized wool/cashmere sweater over your outfit before your winter coat.
Similar to autumn!
So there you have it, regardless of the seasons, I could live in linens all day long. Don’t say I didn’t tell you so, these pieces are currently on sale now! Grab them while they’re still in stock.
Alternatively, you can head over to Grana to shop all their collections, here. Use “GERMAINExGRANA” for a 20% discount on non-sale items.
Which is your favorite look? I would love to know what you guys think in the comments below!