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.
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.
Linen, it's believed, is one of the oldest fabrics in the world. Woven from the fibers of the flax plant, it's value comes from the ability to keep you cool and fresh in hot weather. While the fabric is produced in many countries today, the best is still made in Ireland, Italy and Belgium.