Originally Posted by Manton
Couple things about linen:
-It looks really great. The best summer look, IMO.
-You definitely should not be ironing it after every wear. If you can't bear to be seen in wrinkles, you are not ready for linen.
-It's cooling properties are, at least for me, over-stated. I believe that thread for thread linen wears cooler than anything else. E.g., my linen and line-cotton shirts wear much cooler than pure cotton. However, as a suiting or jacketing, linen needs to be woven in a substantial weight, 10 to 14 ounces is typical, and at that weight I find it wears warm. So, for me, the coolest wearing suits I have are the very light Minnis frescos, Wodehouse Summer Comfort (which is even lighter), and 7 ounce cotton.
Chacun á son goüt of course, but traditionally a linen suit is pressed (not ironed btw) after each wear. Personally I dig the coat's charming wrinkles, whereas the trousers ditto seems very unbecoming and thus will either be changed to a second pair at midday or at least pressed after each wear. Edited by Butler - 6/25/13 at 2:34am