THe case for linen

Old May 2nd, 2014, 06:14 PM
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Absolutely! - one of the nicest things about linen is the "crinkly" texture which is appreciated and used by fashion houses the world over. It is also part of the reason for the fabric's cooling properties.

As for a mix, i can't say.....I know some ranges use various linen ides, often to avoid the wrinkling. M&S have a range of clothes in some italian hybrid fabric, for me it isn't linen any more.

PS - I think the idea of being on holiday relaxing on the beach etc.,with knife edge creases is a bit questionable, I think the idea is to be comfortable and let go.
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Old May 4th, 2014, 01:56 PM
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Seriously ;-) ... linen, especially in the tropics, is supposed to look all rumply. That's part of the charm, besides being cool to wear. I never iron anything when I travel (actually I don't at home either -haha!)
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I don't mind ironing, and do iron with some frequency, but my linen clothes I wear au naturel.

FWIW, linen's "wrinkles" are soft, rounded edged wrinkles. When linen is mixed with rayon it gets hard-edged wrinkles, which to me just look sloppy. There is a difference. (Can you tell I have my 10,000 hours in?)
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I found a great deal on a pair of un-lined navy linen pants yesterday. I've washed and dried them, and they are ready for vacation. Yay!
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Old Sep 19th, 2016, 04:53 PM
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In humid climates, I find that simply by placing my linen items on hangers in a closet the wrinkles will fall out within a day or so. If I want to speed the process, I hang the item on a hanger, shape it, spritz it like crazy with water from a spray bottle. By morning (or if warm, within a few minutes) it will dry and the fold and wear wrinkles will be completely gone. Works like a charm.
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Old Oct 1st, 2016, 05:24 AM
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Yes- and I think wind-dried linen looks fantastic - as do a lot of very expensive fashion designers.
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Old May 5th, 2017, 05:07 AM
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If you get the urge to go linen in Thailand, check out any shopping or Outlet Mall - Bowling, Manchester and Hazard - men's clothing brands - all do a range of linen shirts trousers and shorts in various weights all pretty reasonably priced.and shorts
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Old May 5th, 2017, 05:08 AM
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PS - Don't forget Jim Thompson - they have some great linen garments too!
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This is perfect timing! There is a store near me in Rome showing what look to be beautiful linen shirts. I have hoped to get one.

If they are a mixed cloth, are there any mixes which are acceptable?

Many thanks for the great education. I too love the look and feel of linen but bemoan the wrinkles... good to know that lightly rumpled is accepted.

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Old May 6th, 2017, 05:12 AM
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Linen and cotton is still cool, but it can be a heavier fabric which takes longer to dry. 100% linen is best. Definitely stay away from linen mixed with rayon (also known as viscose, lyocell and modal).
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Old May 7th, 2017, 11:20 PM
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I tend to avoid mixed - even if it is cotton because it is the behaviour and characteristics of pure linen that give it it's great cooling properties.
get a lightweight linen but with a fine weave. that has the best for really hot weather and durability.

Iff you "hoover" a steam iron near linen (3 to 4 inches) when it is hung up you will find a lot of the wrinkling disappears.
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Old May 7th, 2017, 11:22 PM
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sorry typo - "hover" not "hoover"
I'm sure you can work around the other typos!
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