For a long time as a hippie eco fabric, linen has undergone a real image change. Natural material has long since blossomed into the absolute summer favorite fabric in the fashion world. But how is linen worn this summer and what should you take care of so that the new trend piece stays beautiful for a long time? We knows!
Summer time is linen time! Suits, blouses, blazers, pants, dresses, skirts – there is almost nothing in the fashion world anymore that is not made from the airy, loose material. And who is surprised? After all, linen is almost the perfect summer fabric. It is more durable and hard-wearing than cotton, does not shrink, does not flow, is dirt-repellent and – a big plus in summer – has a cooling effect thanks to its smooth surface. In addition, unlike synthetic fibers, it can score in terms of sustainability. Because: The plant fiber is obtained from the stem of the flax plant, is biodegradable and as a renewable raw material it is completely eco-friendly. Fair fashion fans therefore swear by high-quality organic linen clothing.
How is linen worn now?
This summer, Bermuda shorts , XXL shirts and blazers made from the natural material are particularly popular . The motto for cutting is: the further the better! Tight fits would only take away the lightness of the linen look and also a lot of comfort. With oversized cuts, women are therefore much better advised – and on top of that they are also much more comfortable. So if you are shopping for linen, buy one size larger than usual!
Despite the change in image, the linen color palette is still limited: the new models also come primarily in light, muted colors such as gray or white and in natural tones such as cream, khaki or beige. The fabric stays true to its natural image – and fits perfectly into our summer wardrobe. The neutral colors also make styling easy: linen looks best in tone-on-tone combinations , but you can play with shades of color or different materials. If you want, you can set colorful accents with the bag or accessories .
How is linen washed properly?
Linen is a relatively robust material, but there are a few things to consider when washing. First, there is a lot of water in the washing processimportant so that the material is protected. It is therefore best not to fill the drum up to the top and to use a gentle washing program. When choosing the temperature, a distinction must then be made: is it dyed linen or not? The former is washed with color detergent, inside out and at a maximum of 40 degrees, non-dyed material even withstands washing temperatures of up to 90 degrees – full detergent included. But it shouldn’t be in the dryer, because then the wrinkle catastrophe is inevitable! Because even if the facts as a whole speak for a new linen summer outfit, there is still a big catch: linen is not for those with a muffle!
Do linen blends solve the wrinkle problem?
Pure linen is particularly prone to creasing, as it is 100 percent flax fiber. The only remedy is mixtures that combine the best properties of linen with those of another – easier-care – fabric. In order to maintain the lightness of the fabric and at the same time reduce the tendency to wrinkle, for example, the mix of linen and silk makes sense. In the case of cheaper versions, a strong drapery with viscose or other synthetic fibers is prevented. But there are also linen-wool blends that are used, for example, in suits.
When buying linen, it is worth looking at the label – and then you have to weigh it up. Because: The higher the percentage of linen in the garment, the higher the quality it may look – but the more maintenance-intensive it is.