It’s no secret that linen is one of my favourite fabrics. Sustainable, durable, breathable and luxurious, it has a lot going for it. Naturally, I was very excited when Not Perfect Linen reached out to ask if they could share some of their beautiful linen designs with me. A slow fashion brand with an emphasis on high quality production, Not Perfect Linen aligns with many of my own personal wardrobe values. In this Not Perfect Linen review I’ll share a bit more about the type of linen they use, sustainable practices and the garment’s fit, price point and quality. While these garments were generously gifted to me – all opinions are my own and I can’t wait to introduce you to this brand.
About Not Perfect Linen and 2 is Enough
Not Perfect Linen is a family-run business dedicated to creating high-quality linen garments which are made to order in a range of beautiful colours. Its sister brand, 2 is Enough, also offers a curated collection of readily available linen garments designed to be timeless staples in your wardrobe. I instantly fell in love with Not Perfect Linen’s Patna dress (which is also part of their capsule collection). I love that its drop-waist design and ruffle detail, exudes modern charm with a nod to the Great Gatsby era. Meanwhile, the Goda maxi skirt is a semi circular skirt with a wrap design with a beautiful drape to the fabric which reminds me of Audrey Hepburn’s iconic outfit in Roman Holiday.
Fabric: Sustainable, High Quality Linen
True to its name, Not Perfect Linen and 2 is Enough’s designs are made from Oeko-Tex Standard 100 (meaning the fabric has been tested to make sure it doesn’t have any harmful substances) and European Flax Standard certified linen. I could really feel the quality from the fabric’s weight and weave. Because Not Perfect Linen designs are made to order, they can be customised in a range of colours, allowing you to personalise the garment to best suit your wardrobe and favourite colour palette. Not Perfect Linen’s ethos that “the beauty of linen is that it is not perfect” particularly resonated for me, as I’ve always found the way its imperfect creases catch the light one of linen’s greatest charms.
Quality & Design
I was impressed by the level of craftmanship which had clearly gone into the production of Not Perfect Linen’s garments. Attention to detail is evident in every stitch, with straight lines and neatly finished hems. I liked that the main seams of the Goda Maxi Skirt were double stitched, reinforcing the garment, and contributing to it’s longevity while small belt loops at the back of the skirt, holding the tie in place, showed the thought and care which had gone into the practicality of its design. The Patna Dress is equally well-constructed, reflecting the brand’s commitment to quality.
Sizing & Fit
Ordering a size XS, I found both garments to fit perfectly. As someone typically wearing size 4-6, sometimes loose fitting garments can “swamp” me – but not the Patna dress with this relaxed fit making it ideal for warm weather. It was a perfect companion during my recent holiday in Marrakech (see photo below).
Despite the use of high-quality fabrics and in-house production, Not Perfect Linen’s pricing is surprisingly reasonable, with most garments falling in the range of £60-£110 on average.
Sustainability & Ethics
Not Perfect Linen and 2 is Enough embrace a slow fashion approach, with most garments made to order so as to reduce fabric and clothing waste. Their in-house production keeps the supply chain local, minimising their environmental footprint. Care has gone into the sourcing of the linen fabric from which their garments are made to ensure it is grown without harmful chemicals present. The garments arrived beautifully wrapped in recyclable packaging, reflecting their commitment to sustainability. I particularly liked Not Perfect Linen’s #nplcares program which offers garments to less privileged individuals and making sustainable fashion more financially inclusive.
Overall I was impressed by Not Perfect Linen’s designs and commitment to a slower, more conscious approach to fashion. The beautiful Goda Maxi Skirt and Patna dress will be staples in my wardrobe for many years to come and I can definitely recommend this brand if you are looking to add some timeless, high quality linen garments to your wardrobe.