I love linen. It’s a natural fibre, it breathes, it never dates and it’s great for summer. But so many people are put off because they perceive linen to be tricky to look after! So many of my Style Coaching clients are hesitant to buy linen pieces because of that perception, and I’m sure you are too!
But there are so many beautiful pieces out there made from linen, and it really is one of the best fabrics to wear on a hot, sticky summer’s day. EziBuy have some gorgeous linen and linen-blend pieces this summer and I want you to be able to enjoy them, so I’m going to give you a beginners’ guide to Looking After Your Linen.
1. Machine washing is FINE – When it comes to washing, linen is almost always better off with a hand or machine wash instead of a dry cleaning. Actually, with each washing, linen becomes softer and more absorbent. It’s best to wash linen products in lukewarm or cold, and preferably soft, water. Gentle washing machine cycles and mild soaps are best for linen. (Saying all that, make sure you check the manufacturer’s care instructions just to be on the safe side)
2. Don’t WRING out your linen – if you must remove the excess water, roll it gently in a towel. Wringing it will crease the fibres before you’ve even started drying it!
3. Ironing is NOT a necessity. – Machine dry (on a cool setting) or air dry, then lay flat to complete the drying process. Linen will naturally crease as you wear it anyway, and this process will take it back to its natural form (not starch-pressed flat).
4. If you MUST iron your linen, iron on the WRONG side only (white is fine either side) and iron whilst the fabric is still slightly damp. This will help in the ironing process.
5. Store in a cool, dry place – moisture will help linen crease so avoid garment bags, plastic bags and in a dark, damp drawer.
See! It’s not as hard as it looks to take care of at all, now is it? And now that you know how to care for your linen properly, here are my top linen picks from the EziBuy collection – no reason not to buy them now!
SHOP THE LINEN (l-r): Capture Shell Top sizes 8-22 | Emerge Linen Blazer sizes 6 – 22 | Emerge Linen Pants sizes 8 – 20 | Capture Pocket Dress size 8 – 20
So all your linen is now sorted for summer, no need to be afraid of it anymore – it’s really no more high maintenance than any other fabric. So go and enjoy your linen!
Until next time
Caitlin is a Style Coach and Fashion Writer over on her website www.chasingcait.com – check it out for most posts like this one.