Love wearing linen, but just can’t embrace the wrinkles. So many feel that way, but there are a few things you can do and look for to keep linen from wrinkling.
Linen is light, airy, and breathable. That makes it the fabric choice of summer. Once I started doing a few little tricks to my linen and found retailers that I really liked the way their linen feels and wears, then I embraced wearing linen in the summer more frequently.
Before we look at how to keep you from feeling like a huge wrinkle when you wear linen here are some other summer fashion posts I have written that you might want to check out.
- Dressing For Hot Weather If You Don’t Love Your Short Legs
- How To Look Great In A Maxi Dress If You Are Petite
- How To Wear Wide Leg Pants With Confidence When You Are Petite
Embrace Linen This Summer & Keep Linen From Wrinkling So Much
Embracing wrinkles of any sort is not easy for this Southern woman to do. However, when it comes to linen I have learned that if I want to wear it I have to embrace a wrinkle or two. There are some things that you can do to keep your linen clothes from wrinkling so much. Also, the more you launder your linen the softer it will become.
Why Linen Wrinkles
Linen is made from the fibers of the flax plant. The fibers are made to be stiff, not stretchy. Thus, 100% linen garments are always going to have wrinkles. There are some tips and tricks that you can use on your linen garments to keep them from wrinkling as fast.
Also, when you are shopping for linen pieces to add to your wardrobe make sure that you look at the fabric label. Today many linen blend fabrics are still going to give you the look and comfort of linen in the summer heat, but without as many wrinkles.
How to Keep Linen from Wrinkling
There are a few things that I have learned over the years that help when I am laundering my linen pieces.
- Wash your linen before you wear it. Make sure that when it finishes in the wash you remove it immediately and give it a good shake. This will help prevent more deep wrinkles from forming in the garment.
- Let them air dry and steam them while they are still damp. I like using a portable steamer like this and it can work like a charm on some of my linen pieces.
- If you are an ironer like me, then you can also iron your linen pieces while they are still damp or use your iron on the steam setting. Sometimes I will even use a spray bottle to dampen things before I start to iron.
Linen Fabrics That Don’t Wrinkle
I don’t know that there is such a thing. I know some retailers claim that their linen doesn’t wrinkle, but check to see how much linen is actually in the fabric content of the garment. There may be such a small amount of linen you have to wonder if it is really a linen piece.
I think at some point we have to learn to embrace wrinkles when it comes to linen. Think of it this way. It just add character to the garment that you are wearing. Over the years I have learned that skirts, dresses, and pants are always going to show creases after you have been sitting. The linen garment that I find shows the least amount of wrinkles is a blouse or top. So if you need to get adjusted to embracing wrinkles start with a great linen top or blouse to get used to it.
My Favorite Place to Shop for Linen Clothes
Over the years, I have tried several brands to see whose linen met my standards for the wrinkle factor. Some factors that I take into consideration when I buy a new piece of linen clothing are:
- the style (Is it a classic piece I can wear for years? Summer season can be short for wearing linen.)
- quality of the fabric
There are three brands that are my go-to. It never fails that they have reasonably priced pieces that I have had in my closet for several years. And as we now know, the more you wash your linen pieces, the softer they get. So I continue to shop these brands year after year.
When I think of summer, this is one of the first brands that pop into my head. Tommy Bahama, warm weather, the beach, and the tropics are just what the brand is all about to me. Their designs are easy and breezy and meant to be worn in warm weather. From cute dresses like the black and the white ones above to any clothing item you are looking for, Tommy Bahama will have a great classic design. Not only is their linen soft, but it washes up beautifully. Another thing that I like about the dresses Tommy Bahama dresses that I am wearing is that they are lined in a very soft cotton fabric.
They have a great linen shop on their website so you can easily find all of the season’s linen options. A few of the pieces that I love this season and are great summer wardrobe staples are this jacket, this classic button-down shirt, and this sleeveless shirt.
You will find that they make certain core pieces like the Two Palms Linen Dress and the Two Palms Linen Jacket season after season. They offer them in core colors and new colors. So once you know your fit, you are good to go for ordering.
J.Crew is always one of my favorite go-tos for all things summer. They have always been known for their classic, yet preppy styling. Even though most designs change from year to year, you can always find something that is on-trend enough, yet something you will have in your closet for many years. One of the things that I love about the brand is that they always have great colors.
They also have a great linen shop on their website so you can easily find what you are looking for. This season I am loving this classic blazer, this blouse with just the right amount of ruffle, and this slip dress. All are great pieces that you can wear for many summers to come.
There are plenty of great design options to add to your closet so that you can beat the heat this summer and look oh so chic.
Boden is a British mail-order company that knows how to design clothes that will stay in your wardrobe for many years. I just had to throw in this throwback photo to show you that I still wear this linen button-down now and it is still as red as it was the first summer I got it. This style from the current collection looks to be the same cut, just missing the pocket on the chest.
As always, thanks for taking the time to stop by my little corner of the internet today. I really appreciate you taking the time to read this post. Just learn to embrace the wrinkles that come along with wearing linen so that you can stay cool and look summer chic. The creases and wrinkles that come with wearing linen are not a sign of sloppiness. It just means that you are enjoying life. So don’t fret too much about how to keep your linen from wrinkling.
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