The fibres of the flax plant lack natural elasticity. Instead, a fold or wrinkle forms. Although rumpled charm gives a bed a cozy, welcoming feel, many people find overly-crinkled linen shirts, trousers, or jackets too casual. Do not be discouraged, there are ways to strike a balance between formality and comfort.
Can you get rid of wrinkles in linen?
Whilst you can’t completely prevent linen fabric from wrinkling, there are some steps you can take to reduce and remove creases:
Iron your linen item whilst damp or with the steam setting. You can also place a cotton tea towel or t-shirt between the garment and iron for additional crinkle-busting power. The item will wrinkle whilst you’re wearing it but if it starts from a flatter place they will be less pronounced.
Remove linens from the washing machine immediately. Letting linens sit in a crumpled heap will create more wrinkles.
Steam damp linens by hanging in a steamy bathroom or using a proper steamer. This is a really effective way to remove wrinkles from linen.
Air dry and hang wet linens to prevent the worst creases. Give your garments a good shake and flap, then hang outside completely unfolded, and let the breeze shake out the crumples.
Choose darker linen clothing or items with a pattern, like this stylish HAZEL trousers or a super cute Ava Shirt. These show up wrinkles less easily than paler colours.
Hand-washing is more gentle and will result in fewer creases.
If you’re travelling and want to get rid of some wrinkles in your linen clothes, make the item damp and then dry with a hair dryer.
Overall, I think it's best to just embrace the wrinkles that come with linen clothing and use these tips to reduce them. Linen's many benefits go far beyond its wrinkles, and I believe they add to its charm and beauty. Few fabrics have the same welcoming, cosy feel as linen.
What do you think about wrinkles? Let me know in the comments!