Does linen make you break out into a cold sweat…the thought of wrinkles and ironing? There was a time when lined did my head in, 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 ( the Huz ) we went on a date and I wanted to appear all classy and impress him 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 bodysuit (again the 90’s) underneath and heels on my feet. My dress 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.
HOW TO TREAT LINEN
Here’s the thing I’ve learned over the years, linen likes to be treated mean, and now I love it!
-It doesn’t like to be bludgeoned with an iron.
-It 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. of course not all linen is equal and some are blends so always read labelling. This season I have seen some beautiful soft pieces around.
Like the new release luxe linen pieces from my mates at Adrift. The linen is dreamy soft
I have also fallen head over heels for a shirt from Sussans and now have it in two colours
THE LINEN CRUSH
Let it get crinkled, just go with it and enjoy. I’ve had this JAG dress for like EVER! Sure I am a little rounder now but the dress keeps on keeping on. Every time I wear this dress the fabric 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 do change hey 🙂
Til next time,