QI will never be able to achieve the same look as when I bought my linen suit, as I can for my cotton and wool garments. How much wrinkling is acceptable in linen garments?
A Since the very hot summer weather has already arrived, this is certainly an appropriate question. For many people, the two words “summer” and “laundry” are almost synonymous. All other natural clothing materials (cotton, silk, wool and leather) can be worn all year round, but linen is strictly for summer wear. As you suggest, the main disadvantage of linen is that it wrinkles a lot. But then, among some of the fashion snobs of the world, that quality is actually often a plus. They like that it helps emphasize that they’re wearing distinctive linen, rather than the more ordinary cotton.
A certain amount of wrinkling is expected and acceptable in linen garments. It can definitely show some ripples – perhaps the equivalent of other clothes after a day of wearing it, but not a series of noticeable creases and creases – so not the equivalent of yesterday’s clothes tossed in a pile or slept in inside. When the fabric starts to show this amount of messiness and/or loses its shape, you’ll want to iron your linen clothes or have someone do it for you. Because it wrinkles so easily and requires ironing, some men would never consider buying linen clothes, especially pants.
On the other hand, there are those who love linen mainly because:
1. So few people wear it;
2. It adds variety to their wardrobes;
3. It makes a subtle fashion statement;
4. It adds character to their style of dress. They think of wrinkles as a way to emphasize those not-so-obvious distinctions.
Some of the special qualities of linen that make it the darling of fashion lovers are:
• Its lightness
• Its breathability
• Its “cool” qualities (in both senses of the term)
• Its interesting light texture due to its weave (small slubs/bumps)
• Its unique and distinctive character (not too common)
• Besides 100% linen garments, it also works in blends of fabrics mixed with wool, silk or cotton
• Its not too expensive price (more than cotton, generally less than silk or wool).
Although an all-linen suit may seem a little theatrical, a variety of linen garments are fun to own, such as dress pants, casual pants, high-end sports shirts, and pastel summer ties. They are available in all price ranges and in all colors, from white and clear to navy blue and black. I saw a beautiful light blue Italian sports coat from Canali that would be a great addition to a man’s sports jacket and blazer rotation; it was a blend of 68% wool, 20% silk and 12% linen. Even this small amount of flax can affect the texture.
Widely known as a high-quality (even rather elegant) fabric, linen works wonderfully for both dressy and casual summer wear. Its wear time isn’t as narrowly limited to “Memorial Day to Labor Day” as many white garments are, but it’s still pretty closely aligned with those dates…in other words: In this moment !
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