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Opinions on linen trousers

post #1 of 10
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I'm hoping to make some changes to my wardrobe this summer if it ever makes an appearance in the North East. I intend to move away from my usual jeans/cargo shorts to something different. Do the 100% linen pants get wrinkled too easily and should I go with a cotton blend? Also any opinions on the linen pants carried by Land's End? Any other recommendations?
post #2 of 10
Pure linen garments do indeed readily wrinkle, but this is one of the defining characteristics of this material.  I love pure linen pants, but cotton/linen blends are okay as well, and won't wrinkle as severely.  For casual wear, I'd go with the pure linen...there is nothing quite like it: just marvelous for summer wear. Can't help you with Land's End linens.  Do check ebay.  It's not uncommon to find higher quality pants, such as Zanella, for reasonable prices.
post #3 of 10
I have purchased a few pairs of linen pants over the fall/winter (got some great sale prices.) to wear this summer.  I can't wait until it gets warm enough. I got two pairs of 100% linen drawstring pants in light olive green and light tan.  These are a little looser fitting and are obviously going to get wrinkled.  I think that's all part of the look of linen.  I can't wait to wear these with nice sandals and a looser-fitting button down shirt. I also got a pair of black 100% linen pants with belt loops, no drawstring.  A bit dressier and cut slimmer.  They might wrinkle a little but I don't expect them to as much.  The linen feels thicker and stiffer. Last, I got a pair in 55% linen, 45% cotton in very light beige/stone.  This pair has belt loops and is flat-front with a slimmer cut.  I think the cotton helps prevent wrinkles. They have the look of regular trousers (with the drape being a little looser) and also have the great texture linen provides.  I plan to wear them with sandals or a brown suede slip-on Bruno Magli moc and a slim-cut dress shirt, untucked. Hopefully this will give you some ideas of what to look for, and also give you an idea of the look/properties of linen vs. linen blends.
post #4 of 10
Linen pants will inherently get wrinkled. Don't even worry about the wrinkles; they're part of the look.
post #5 of 10
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Linen pants will inherently get wrinkled.  Don't even worry about the wrinkles; they're part of the look.
I actually like that look a lot. It provides a nice contrast when you wear a crisp shirt with the looser, semi-wrinkled pants. Wow, I can't wait to wear my new linen pants. It got up to 65 degrees here a few days ago, and I almost broke out the pants but recalled the 'Easter Sunday' rule. Darn, so tempting.
post #6 of 10
I don't think there's an Easter rule for linen, just for white. Wear linen whenever it's warm enough.
post #7 of 10
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I don't think there's an Easter rule for linen, just for white. Wear linen whenever it's warm enough.
Sorry, I confused linen with the 'white rule'. For some reason, I thought the wearing of linen clothing followed the same guidelines.
post #8 of 10
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Last, I got a pair in 55% linen, 45% cotton in very light beige/stone. This pair has belt loops and is flat-front with a slimmer cut. I think the cotton helps prevent wrinkles. They have the look of regular trousers (with the drape being a little looser) and also have the great texture linen provides. I plan to wear them with sandals or a brown suede slip-on Bruno Magli moc and a slim-cut dress shirt, untucked.
Pretty much the look I'm going for, except I'll probably go a bit looser fitting. And if I can handle the stares, maybe I'll throw on a Panama hat. I'll keep an eye out for linen pants on ebay. Thanks everyone.
post #9 of 10
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Sorry, I confused linen with the 'white rule'.  For some reason, I thought the wearing of linen clothing followed the same guidelines.
I could see where they would overlap, but I think both should come out when the weather warms up -- which is just about now, for me.
post #10 of 10
I think I read in another thread that you have got H&M shops in the US. I bought a couple of pairs of linen trousers from one of their shops in Norway two years ago, one for about $45, the other one for about $30. I have worn them a lot, great for dancing and general summer wear, good quality and fit, and they wrinkle less than the Italian pair I bought for nearly $200 many years ago. Just machine wash and hang to dry. No need for ironing, (depending on how fussy you are). So I highly recommend them.
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