Does linen make you break out into a cold sweat…the thought of wrinkles and ironing? I used to get
pissed off, scared of linen, with all it’s wrinkling and creasing and endless need for ironing, it drove me bloody bonkers and I couldn’t understand the attraction.
Not long after I met the man of my dreams ( my Mister) we went on a date and I wanted to be all grown up and impress so I parted with a lot of money for a sand coloured shift dress with matching bolero jacket (it was the 90’s forgive me), in linen.
It was pretty spesh and I do remember wearing a lacy teddy (bodysuit) underneath and heels on my feet. My Linen ensemble was starched ‘n stiff and glorious. We wined and dined and then I stood up…creases! Bloody whiskers of creases across…well, let’s just say they weren’t well placed (you get the picture). Deep creases that I couldn’t smooth under the bathroom hand dryer. Yup…I didn’t feel so classy after that.
Here’s the thing I’ve learned over the years, linen likes to be treated mean.
Uhuh, it doesn’t like to be bludgeoned with an iron. Linen gets better with age (don’t we all!), it gets softer with each wash and the fibres relax. Here’s another thing, Linen is ‘meant’ to crush, yeah I know right…revelation!
Don’t iron it, instead hang it after you wash it to allow the creases to ‘drop’ out. If you need to then hang it in the bathroom for a little steam while you shower or run a steamer over it. That’s it.
Let it get crinkled, just go with it and enjoy. I’ve had this JAG dress for like EVER! Every time I wear it the dress gets softer and I fall a little more in love with it. Instead of linen conjuring up images of posh and hard work, these days it says ‘relax sista’…go with the flow…which is what I did when I headed out on a coffee date recently with my mister. I was wearing linen, flat sandals and comfy undies…some things change hey 🙂
Til next time,