Let’s begin with a little about linen: Linen is a natural fabric made from the fibers of the flax plant. It has been used since ancient times, and linen is still very popular throughout the world today for household use, such as tablecloths, napkins, and curtains, as well as for clothing. Linen is a favorite fabric of some top designers. Also popular are blended fabrics made from linen combined with other materials, such as cotton, wool, silk, or synthetic fibers. China is a leading exporter of linen fabrics; however, linen is made and sold throughout the world.
Now to the fun part – the actual wearing of linen:
Linen is a wonderfully versatile fabric. From the business suit to the little black evening dress to casual resort wear, linen is at home in virtually any setting. You can dress it up or dress it down with some simple accessories. Best of all it is timeless. Pair up your linen pants with a cashmere sweater in the fall, a silk blouse in the spring, or a cotton tee in summer. A scarf or pendant can complete the look, which can go from office to evening without a problem.
Some refuse to wear linen clothing because of its tendency to wrinkle very easily when worn. For this reason, linen clothing should be packed with care when traveling and you can reduce wrinkling easily with just a little spray starch when you are ironing. While others prefer to have their linen clothing professionally dry cleaned, some linen clothing can be washed at home by hand or by machine. For best results, follow the manufacturer's instructions for clothing care.
An advantage to having your linen clothing professionally dry cleaned is that the cleaner will professionally press your clothing. If you wash your linen clothing at home, use a hot iron to press the wrinkles out of the fabric. Iron the linen on the wrong side of the fabric or through a cotton handkerchief to protect the fabric's finish. Alternatively, you can take your hand-washed or machine-washed linen clothing to your dry cleaner to be pressed, but it is not necessary. Be sure not use a steamer to remove wrinkles from your linen clothing. Aside from that, remember, if you are going to wear linen you should make every effort to walk barefoot in the sands of your favorite beach.