Answer angel summer means linen and cotton clothes — so why are they so hard to find fashion daily news arcamax publishing

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: Is there any way to ask fabric manufacturers to start using more cotton in clothes? I have stopped buying clothes because they irritate my skin. Also, all those rayons, nylons, modals, polyesters, and spandexes are HOT in the summertime. Why have they stopped making cottons and linens? Those that are available are prohibitively expensive. What happened? I’m sure it’s cheaper to make clothes out of synthetics. Can you let clothes manufacturers know that some of us want cooler clothes in the summer??

Dear Carolyn: You and I have now done our best right here to tell those people who make clothing to use natural fibers. Like you, I prefer to wear all-cotton and linen in the hot months, and there are plenty of stores that will charge a fortune for that stuff.


However, you don’t have to pay huge sums. I’ve found some great linen shirts, shorts, dresses, skirts and pants at thrift stores for under $10. But, I know that shopping in thrifts is hit or miss. That’s why I recommend H&M and Uniqlo, which carry a good selection of all-linen clothing. Check those stores or their websites: hm.com and uniqlo.com. You won’t be disappointed.

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: My husband and I love to travel, and he owns several pairs of "travel" pants. I think they’re 100 percent polyester. They don’t wrinkle, and he can wear them more than once (one of your travel packing rules!). The problem is that they pick up so much static that they hang up on his leg! I have heard Bounce works, but I am allergic to it. Any suggestions to solve this problem?

Dear Diana: I’ve had good luck with the business casual pants (I’m not talking about the athletic exercise gear) at Athleta ( athleta.com) and Lululemon ( lululemon.com) for both men and women. They’re not cheap, but I keep going back because they hold up great in the wash and look decent for multiple wearings between washes. I checked with my brother, his wife and their grown son who swear by the Lulu pants, which they wear to work and pretty much live in. They, too, have had no trouble with static or dog hair cling.

Dear Joanne: Many women’s shelters, churches, homeless charities and local food banks (not just for food) welcome your used-only-once hair products, but check with those in your area to be sure before you make the trip to drop them off. Some take only unopened items. Your question gives me the opportunity to list some of the many reader suggestions for what to do with those pretty cosmetics bags that come free with purchase when you buy makeup. Many readers fill them and take them to women’s shelters and such. Says Monica S.: "Small cosmetic ‘freebie’ bags?? I collect ALL of those from all of my friends, acquaintances and strangers. I ‘steal’ those little bags any opportunity I can on airplanes (left behind by business and first-class passengers). I collect them to give to a women’s shelter with a lipstick inside. Lipstick can change your day. Something little that we take for granted can be the bright spot in a woman’s day. Something that’s your very own." Pam E. fills them with pencils for her needy art students. Many schools will welcome the cosmetic bags especially if they come with donations of classroom supplies. Rennae G., Mary Ann A., Courtney D., Beverly B., Bonnie S., Marlene M., Celeste N., Ferbie C., Loretta F., Barb S. and Rita B. suggest filling them with small-size toothpaste, shampoo, tampons and hand sanitizer before donating them to women’s shelters. Also hotel small-size soap etc.