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No-Iron Linen on Linen

Linen seems to be one of those fabrics that women either love or hate. They see it as an elegant natural fiber that’s cool to wear or a wrinkled hot mess they hate to be seen in. I fall closer to the love-it side, but it took some time for me to get there. I learned to “look beyond” the wrinkles because our new climate is so hot, there’s nothing cooler to wear. Today’s ootd is a casual no-iron linen outfit that’s dressed down and perfect for running errands and generally being fast on your feet.

 

Linen Pants

I found these linen pants during a dressing room diary and decided they needed to be mine. They come in 6 colors and one print, in misses, petite, women’s, and tall. I’m wearing a misses XS in navy, so I suggest you size down. The side zip, stretch fabric, and button detail on the leg is what sealed the deal for me. I picture them with my classic white linen blazer and white wedges when we can get dressed for dinner out, but for today, I’m dressing them down.

 

jennifer of a well styled life wearing linen shirt, linen pants and white sneakers with purple sunglasses

 

I didn’t immediately embrace sneakers for daywear, but now that I have, I doubt I’ll ever look back. You’re still not likely to catch me wearing gym shoes when not working out, but this a big step for me.

These textured platform sneakers are super comfy and give me a tiny height boost which I always appreciate. They got smudged the last time I wore them so I tried this sponge on them and was delighted to find it cleaned the canvas as well as the sides of the sole. I wouldn’t expect it to clean off a huge dirt mark, but the dusty one came off.

 

woman walking away wearing purple no-iron linen shirt and blue pants with white sneakers

No-Iron Linen shirt

My friends at Chico’s sent me this no-iron linen shirt to try and I must say, it is crisper than other linen. Rather than iron, I use this handheld steamer to smooth my linen because I like the softer result and it seems to reduce wrinkling. I’ll keep you posted on how this no-iron fabric performs because I know their pants and shirts made from this fabric are very popular.

 

blonde woman sitting on wall wearing no0iron shirt and linen pants with sneakers and silver bracelet

MORE LINEN SHIRTS

My white tee has elbow-length sleeves and a graceful scoop neckline. As much as I love V and scoop necklines, sometimes a good old ballet neck is the most user-friendly and maintains your modesty when you’re bending over. I like to tuck mine in but you could easily wear a half-tuck or leave it out all the way if you have longer legs than me:)

What side of the fence do you sit about linen?

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38 Comments

  1. Lisa
    April 28, 2021 / 10:45 pm

    I really don’t like the crushed linen look but would love to wear it for comfort and style, so non-iron sounds great!

    The navy pants look fab and I need to move to wearing casual sneakers too. A mental shift 😊

  2. Dianne
    April 28, 2021 / 4:39 pm

    Outfit is lovely. You look so pretty and comfortable

  3. Jan
    April 28, 2021 / 3:40 pm

    I love linen, especially natural coloured, and have lots of tops and jackets in my wardrobe. I just can’t resist it – in fact just bought a lovely heavily reduced white French linen shirt the other day. Not crazy about linen pants as usually too baggy in style but yours look like a great shape.

  4. Katrina
    April 28, 2021 / 3:16 pm

    I can’t find the post, but you recently (month or two ago?) posted that you had lost about 10 pounds. You’re looking svelte these days. What did you do? Please share!!

  5. Rhonda
    April 28, 2021 / 12:36 pm

    Very pretty top. The colour looks lovely on you. The other colours don’t have the contrast striping at the neck and sleeve. The pants look great too!

  6. Carolynn
    April 28, 2021 / 11:29 am

    A few weeks ago, I’d asked about your lipstick colour and you said it was a blue-pink, but had been discontinued. I’ve been looking for a replacement for the pink lipstick that had been my favourite for years before they also discontinued it . I came across this site, which is great for comparing lipstick colours, and thought you might find it helpful in your search.

    https://www.temptalia.com/makeup-dupe-list/

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 29, 2021 / 12:35 am

      That’s wonderful!! Thanks so much Carolynn

  7. Paulette Levy
    April 28, 2021 / 9:50 am

    I love linen most of the time, and I’m anxious to see how I do with some new Chicos and JJill tops. Linen is so cool! I welcome that when our summers are hot and so humid!
    Thanks for sharing!

  8. Susan B
    April 28, 2021 / 9:24 am

    I’ve come to enjoy linen and not let the wrinkles bother me. I find the more they get washed, the softer and less wrinkled they become. I also give them a quick steam if they have a few wrinkles from being squished in the closet. The steamer gives them a softer look and feel than the heavy starched look an iron gives. I just figure it’s like a few other fabrics that are supposed to be wrinkled!

  9. Kathy
    April 28, 2021 / 9:10 am

    I like your outfit today. I like linen and can live with wrinkles in a shirt or patterned linen dress. I avoid linen pants, however. I have been reading about stretch linen and wonder how that impacts wrinkles.

  10. Sandy
    April 28, 2021 / 8:40 am

    I love the look of linen, but, maybe it’s just me, but I find it to be itchy on my skin. Maybe layering the cotton tee would help with that. I’ve recently ordered the J.Jill pants, and waiting for them to arrive. Fingers crossed they work for me since I love the way they look.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 29, 2021 / 12:27 am

      That’s why steaming may be a nice option for you. It’s keeps the soft drape of the linen rather than crispness.

  11. Linda D
    April 28, 2021 / 8:15 am

    I do like the look and feel of linen and have a few items I really like. Alas, they seem to spend more time in the ‘to be ironed pile’ rather than in the closet. Perhaps the steamer is the answer.

  12. Rose
    April 28, 2021 / 7:38 am

    I like the look and feel of linen but I just can’t handle the wrinkling. But this linen top looks really interesting. Would like to try that.

  13. Eileen
    April 28, 2021 / 6:51 am

    I like linen and natural fibers. I’m a seamstress and weaver who sold handwoven kimonos and scarves for twenty years, so I’m a natural textile fan. What got me wearing linen was vacationing in Italy a few times, so many people were wearing linen , so I bought some. I do think the linen in Europe is finer, than we see here in the US. In summer I didn’t see much denim actually, but I saw loose linen shift dresses and loose pants and tops. I rarely saw a drawstring on pants, elastic or a waistband , yes. I like the way linen moves as I walk, and the fact linen ages so nice, I don’t mind ironing it.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 29, 2021 / 12:25 am

      Linen just gets better with age. Like us!

  14. Diane B
    April 28, 2021 / 6:40 am

    I am on the yes to linen side of the fence. It took a while to get comfortable with the wrinkles but the feel of the fabric makes up for that. I find that steaming keeps the fabric softer than ironing which I find makes it stiffer. I am curious to see if that no iron topper will be as soft as untreated fabric. It is funny, my friends hate ironing and one says she will never iron anything, but I find it relaxing and satisfying.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 28, 2021 / 6:53 am

      I enjoy ironing. There’s something soothing about it plus hanging a freshly ironed collection of clothes in my closet feels satisfying.

  15. Carolyn
    April 28, 2021 / 6:30 am

    Love your picture! I have several of the Chico’s no iron linen shirts. They come out of the dryer with a soft look. On days I want more polish they are sent to the laundry. I don’t iron anymore so I will look into your steamer. My friend, on the other hand, enjoys ironing.
    Also I have been admiring your big bangle bracelet and I know that’s going to find a place on my arm!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 28, 2021 / 6:50 am

      I’m happy to hear they launder well!! Have a great day.

  16. Pam
    April 28, 2021 / 5:58 am

    I’m not a linen fan because it wrinkles so badly. I’m interested so see how well the no-iron linen items works because it is a cooler choice for hot summers.

  17. Sue H
    April 28, 2021 / 5:53 am

    I love linen, and all natural fibres actually. As I get older, I find synthetics feel clammy on my skin. I embrace the wrinkles that linen gathers throughout the day, but a no-iron option is definitely worth investigating. Please do keep us informed as to how well the fabric performs.

    It’s still cold here in Edmonton (a little surprising for late April!). I love all the spring fashions you’ve shown, and you’ve prompted me to go shopping online more than once 😉
    I just can’t wait to start wearing them!

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Peggy A Foster
      April 28, 2021 / 7:55 am

      I bought a couple of pairs of drawstring linen pants this year. I got them from Banana Republic. I love them! The fabric has a nice hand. They drape well on me. I bought white and tan. I’ll be wearing them a lot this summer in Southern Arizona.

      • Jennifer
        Author
        April 29, 2021 / 12:26 am

        I must check out BR linen. I do love their styles

  18. Jan
    April 28, 2021 / 5:43 am

    It’s a yes to all things linen or linen blend. A bigger yes to the Tencel/lyocell fabric too. If you want a soft, cool, flowy fabric that wrinkles less, then it’s a great option.
    For me, I don’t see a huge difference between the white platform sneaker and a modern, cloth mesh athletic shoe. I need the security of the laced on shoe if I am doing any extended walking. As much as I love the look of the platform sneaker, they are not my choice for longer wear. I don’t care for any all white shoes.
    So, if you see me at the grocery store in my athletic shoes, please hesitate to whistle for the fashion police. Lol

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 28, 2021 / 6:43 am

      Lol, I don’t criticize women for their fashion choices. You’ll notice I said you’ll never see me wearing them, yet. It’s a personal choice for me:)

  19. SusanR
    April 28, 2021 / 5:41 am

    I was really ready to buy the pants from Jjill. But they don’t make them in xxsp so as usual, I I can’t have them. I’m grateful you said to size down: there have been so many returns this past year!
    I don’t care for 100%linen…way too wrinkled for me. I purchase lots of linen blend pants in a moderately loose leg shape . For the past several years I purchased drawstring wide or straight leg linen/cotton mid rise pull on pants in xs regular length so the rise of 9” at my waist. The looser fit makes up for the cotton in the fabric. This year I’ll have to find petite pants because everything I’ve seen is already a high waist. So the regular womens pants would come up to my bra!
    I’m still looking for a no iron linen shirt that’s reasonably priced in xs petite of course!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 28, 2021 / 6:41 am

      If you’re an xxsp, these would swim on you. I’m not sure why, but they do run large.

  20. MRSBEN2
    April 28, 2021 / 5:36 am

    As still in constant rotation of lock downs where I am; am opting for long sleeve shirts for this summer and linen is my choice of fabric. (Both comfortable in an AC or warm environment.) Have one very similar to the one you are wearing (even has the contrast stripes, purchased years ago at JC Penny but still not showing any wear however does have long sleeves which I can roll up if need be and/or pair with camisoles/tank tops as an overlay). In respect to sneakers; thanks to you I invested in two pairs (but ballet style) and have been wearing them around the house and LOVE them BTW.
    With much appreciation of the links you provided as very tempted to try the J Jill pants. -Brenda-

    P.S.: Just ordered the hand steamer as a Xmas stocking stuffer for my daughter however had to do it vie the Canadian web site.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 28, 2021 / 6:35 am

      I bought that steamer for both of my children one year too. I’m pretty sure I use it more than both of them put together. But then, I’m persnickety about how my clothes look:) Have a great day, Brenda.

  21. Tina Olson
    April 28, 2021 / 4:53 am

    The outfit is adorable on you and I love your look. I wear sneakers regularly but I’m still not sure I can bring myself to wear white sneakers. Growing up, the first thing I would do was scruff up any white sneaker I owned. I have mixed feelings about linen. I don’t like the wrinkles. I do like wearing a linen blend that wrinkles some. I would consider trying again with no iron.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 28, 2021 / 6:30 am

      Linen blends seem the best of both worlds sometimes.

  22. Bev
    April 28, 2021 / 4:38 am

    I have embraced the cool relaxed look of linen. I also use a steamer on my linen pants and am happy with the results. As for the shoes, I was forced to change up my footwear. I had advanced arthritis in both of my knees and due to my work and CIVOD, I had to wait a year to get new knees. My son, a DPT, fit me with orthotics and athletic shoes. They made my life a little less painful but like you, I’ve never worn them except to the gym. I set out to invest in a collection of them in different colors. It took a while, but I’m good with them now. And I have two new knees now and am hopefully on the road to getting back to wearing some of my cute shoes! And yes, my athletic shoes look pretty good with my linen pants!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 28, 2021 / 6:28 am

      Congratulations on your new knees!! That’s so life changing. I’m happy for you, Bev

  23. Barbara
    April 28, 2021 / 4:36 am

    I love this outfit! No iron linen? Yes , please! This shirt is beautiful. I wear lots of linen in the summer and actually don’t mind ironing it. My sisters tell me they almost never use their iron; in the summer I iron once weekly and enjoy it. I also like the tee shirt. Great post.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 28, 2021 / 6:23 am

      I actually love ironing too. I find it soothing

  24. Ellen
    April 28, 2021 / 4:12 am

    This outfit looks adorable on you. Love the picture of you sitting on the stone ledge! Thanks for these great posts.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 28, 2021 / 6:19 am

      Thanks Ellen.

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