June 4 2010 By THE STAFF of Valet.
A loose weave that’s smooth to the touch, linen gets softer with each wash. But it’s not very elastic—meaning it won’t easily bounce back into shape. This explains the wrinkles.
Because it can be delicate, wash in the gentle cycle with cool to warm water. Tumble dry and don’t sweat the wrinkles. But if you want wrinkle-free linen, iron while it’s still damp.
- Linen can absorb up to 20% of its weight in moisture before feeling damp, releasing it back into the air to remain cool and dry to touch.
There’s the classic relaxed, white linen shirt. And then there are today’s variations of more tailored pieces, like trim trousers or a bold red unlined blazer.