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Linen is trendy! What to look for in the summer fabric

Long considered a hippie eco-fabric, linen has undergone a real image change. The natural material has long since become an absolute summer favorite in the fashion world. But how will linen be worn this summer and what should you keep in mind when caring for it so that the new trendy piece stays beautiful for a long time? Tikbow knows!

Summertime is linen time! Suits, blouses, blazers, pants, dresses, Röcke – in the fashion world there is now almost nothing that is not tailored from the airy-loose material. And who’s surprised? After all, linen is almost the perfect summer fabric. It is more durable and hard-wearing than cotton, does not shrink, does not fluff, is dirt-repellent and has a cooling effect thanks to its smooth surface. In addition, unlike synthetic fibers, it scores points in terms of sustainability. This is because the plant fiber is obtained from the stalk of the flax plant, is biodegradable and, as a renewable raw material, is thoroughly öko – Fair Fashion followers therefore swear by high-quality organic linen clothing.

How is linen worn now?

This summer, Bermuda shorts, palazzo pants, XXL shirts and blazers made of this natural material are very popular. When it comes to the cut, the motto is: the wider the better! Tight fits would only take away the lightness of the linen look and also a lot of wearing comfort. With üübergroßen cuts you are therefore much better advised – and on top of that also much more comfortable dressed. So when shopping for linen, it’s better to buy one size larger than usual!

Woman in wide pants and orange blouse
With linen pieces, wide, flowing shapes make sense.Photo: Getty Images

Despite the change in image, the color palette is still limited: The new models also come mainly in light, muted colors such as gray, white or light blue and in natural tones such as cream, khaki or beige. Thus, the fabric remains true to its natural image – and fits perfectly into our summer wardrobe. The neutral colors also make styling easy: Linen looks most elegant in tone-on-tone combinations, and you can play with color nuances or different materials. If you want, you can set colorful accents with the bag or the accessories. Alternatively, the simple basics can also be combined with statement pieces:

Woman in linen shirt
Fashion pro Nina Suess combines a blue linen shirt with a patterned skirt and a bright red bag.Photo: Getty Images

How to wash linen properly?

Although linen is a relatively robust material, there are still a few things to keep in mind when washing it. For one thing, plenty of water is important during the washing process so that the material is protected. It is therefore best not to fill the drum to the top, and a gentle washing program should also be selected. A distinction must then be made when selecting the temperature: Is it dyed linen or not? The former is washed with color detergent, inside out and at a maximum of 40 degrees, while non-dyed material can even withstand washing temperatures of up to 90 degrees – full detergent included. However, the new favorite part should better not be put in the dryer, then the wrinkle disaster is pre-programmed! Even if the facts speak for a new linen summer outfit, there is a big catch: Linen is not for Bügel muffle!

Do material blends solve the wrinkle problem?

Pure linen is particularly susceptible to creasing because it is 100 percent flax fiber. The only remedy is blends that combine the best properties of linen with those of another easy-care fabric. 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 less expensive garments, viscose or other synthetic fibers can be used to prevent wrinkles. However, there are also linen-wool blends that are used for suits, for example, and are also not so extremely wrinkle-resistant. So when buying linen, it’s worth taking a look at the label – and then weighing it up. After all, the higher the linen content in the garment, the higher the quality it may look – but it also requires more care.