Here’s a sad reality of our world – linen suits wrinkle.
No matter what kind of linen suit you go for, no matter if it’s a blend or if it’s 100% pure, no matter if it costs a fortune or if it’s dirt cheap; your suit is going to wrinkle. It might wrinkle less, it might wrinkle more; but it will surely wrinkle.
So, that brings us to the next most logical questions to ask – How to remove wrinkles from a linen suit? Can it be ironed? Can it be steamed?
You’ll find the answer to all these questions in this article.
Removing Wrinkles From A Linen Suit
There are three different ways to remove wrinkles from a linen suit:
- Dry Cleaning.
Dry cleaning is pretty obvious, and it costs a lot of money, so I am not going to talk about it. If you want to get your suit dry cleaned, just make sure that you go to a quality linen specialist who is not going to destroy your suit.
But if you are in the mood to save some money, you don’t have to dry clean your linen suits every time a small wrinkle appears on them.
A linen suit can be treated at home in such a way that all the wrinkles present on it disappear. There are two methods of doing this – ironing and steaming. Read on to find out more about them.
Can You Iron A Linen Suit?
Linen suits can be ironed without the risk of any damage. When ironing, go for the medium heat setting and use a pressing cloth for best results.
Linen can scorch easily, and therefore I would only recommend you to iron it under a pressing cloth. If you don’t know your way around an iron, you might do more harm than good. A pressing cloth acts as a sort of buffer between the suit and the iron.
Always iron on a flat surface. Just make slow, smooth strokes, and keep checking the suit jacket and pants every once in a while.
Keep moving the iron to avoid scorching the suit. Ironing linen is no rocket science. Just keep at it and you would end up with a perfectly ironed linen suit with no creases.
Can you steam a linen suit?
A linen suit can be steamed.
It can be steamed by both using an actual steamer, and by going for DIY solutions.
If you are using an actual steamer, it’s a very simple process. There’ll probably be a “low heat” setting on your steamer, turn it on and let the linen take in all the steam.
If you are traveling and don’t have access to a good-quality steaming device (you should get a traveling size version), you can do two things to mimic the effect of steaming on your linen suit.
The first is to simply take the suit jacket and pants and hang them inside the bathroom while you are taking a hot shower. The steam from the hot water will get rid of all the wrinkles on your suit.
You can also take a boiling kettle and let the steam from it flow onto your suit. This method is less successful based on my experiences, but it’s still worth a try.
How To Remove Wrinkles From A Linen Jacket?
The best way to remove wrinkles from a linen jacket is by steaming it.
Don’t get me wrong, I love ironing as much as you, but you need to take a lot of precautions when ironing a linen jacket, especially if it’s structured or has got shoulder pads.
Structured shoulders make ironing near the armhole very difficult. You would need to apply a lot of pressure and keep maneuvering from one point to the other, depending upon the thickness of the shoulder pads.
Steaming doesn’t require touch. Therefore, in my opinion, it is the best way to remove wrinkles from a linen jacket.
It is, however, only one small step of the larger process of cleaning a linen suit.
Is It Ok To Wear Wrinkled Linen Suits?
It is okay to wear wrinkled linen suits on casual occasions. For formal occasions, make sure that your suit has been adequately ironed.
See, everybody knows that linen wrinkles. And in casual settings, people don’t always expect you to wear perfectly ironed clothing anyway. Therefore, putting two and two together, it can be said that linen suits can be worn even if they are wrinkled.
But the number of wrinkles also matter. If it’s so bad that it is taking over the entire look, then, in my opinion, you shouldn’t wear that linen jacket.
And one more thing – don’t wear wrinkled linen suits on formal occasions. These can range anywhere from important business meetings to church weddings.
Wearing wrinkled linen in a formal environment makes you look unprofessional and sloppy. If you want to know more, here’s a detailed guide on styling a linen suit.
Removing wrinkles from linen suits is pretty easy. You can use ironing, steaming, and dry-cleaning to do the same.
That’s everything you need to know about getting rid of wrinkles from linen jackets. It isn’t that complicated, and if you follow through with the actions mentioned in this guide, you are going to end up with a crisp linen suit.
But as always, make sure that you take a close look at the care label attached to your suit before you really commit to any of these methods.
And if you want, you don’t have to get rid of the wrinkles in the first place. I let the wrinkles be in my casual suits. I think it adds character to an outfit, and if styled properly, can even look better than crisp and well-ironed suits.
My name is Alex Higson and I am the founder of Magic Of Clothes. I have worked in the fashion industry for many years, and clothes and style are a huge part of my life.