Style: freshly pressed

We’re always looking for ways to get rid of wrinkles. How about keeping your clothes, specifically linen looking neat and nicely pressed.linen3  I have a love/hate relationship with linen. Linen is the unofficial fabric of summer.  A perfect blend of sophisticated, natural and cool. Allegedly, it gets softer with each wash. But anyone who wears it knows how easy it is for creases to form which is the only downside to wearing linen.  It’s part and parcel of the material but too many creases can look sloppy.

linen4linen1I don’t know about you but I hate ironing.  I own an ironing board and an iron but can’t remember the last time I used them.  My wrinkle prone clothes are left to dry while they’re still damp or I steam iron with clothing on the hanger.  Much easier.

Except for men’s dress shirts and men’s dress pants and men’s dress jackets oh; men I don’t see the need for ironing. It might be relaxing but there’s simply no joy to it.

And it’s summer – who wants to iron?

Since linen is the fabric most likely to wilt and get all wrinkly within hours of putting it on:

Here’s how to bring it back to life in ten minutes (or less).

What you need: Access to a dryer, plus an ice cube

What you do: Toss your linen pants (or shirt or jacket) with the ice cube in the dryer on low. In ten minutes, all the wrinkles will be gone.

Why this works: As the ice melts, it lets off steam and creates its own de-wrinkling system in the process.

Whoa, your pants look freshly pressed. Hello, summer genius.wrinkle1

 Have any other material tricks up your linen sleeves?

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B well – B fearless

WITH your FASHION choices and life in general.  If the shoe fits it will make you feel better.  Follow:

Designer Michael Kors’s Fashion Principles

Kors with Project runway panel Heidi Klum, Jennifer Hudson & Nina Garcia.
Kors with Project Runway panel Heidi Klum, Jennifer Hudson & Nina Garcia.

“Now that everyone looks like she’s 30, it’s not easy to define rules for how women should dress at different ages,” says Kors.  Kors breaks down the elements of style:

Michael Kors
Michael Kors

Hemlines:  “Supershort skirts should be left to the young or the tennis court.  As you age, it’s more important to consider balance:  If you’re showing your legs, show less on top.”

Cleavage:  “It’s great to show off your best points, but still – leave a bit to the imagination.”

Prints:  “I don’t think you can tell a woman who feels like a million dollars when she puts on a bold, graphic print that she should stop wearing it just because she’s hit a certain age.  Wear what makes you feel beautiful.”

Color:  “The colors that suited you when you were 30 will still suit you when you’re 70.  Your skin tone and hair and eye color are the real question, not your age.”

Fit:  “Your clothes should look as if they were made just for you.  Forget the size tags and get to a tailor.  If you wear skinny jeans and you’re fit, stay true to your style.  And no matter your age, skip the pieces that make you fidget, whether it’s a shoe you can’t walk in or a hemline you have to keep pulling down.”

Jewelry:  “This is the best way to shake up your look at any age.  If you feel less comfortable showing skin, bold jewelry and strong accessories are great ways to play the fashion game.  Be fearless!

Trends:  “Avoid anything that doesn’t feel relevant to your style, but always evolve, or you’ll look stuck in the past.”

As told to Danielle Pergament for Allure Magazine.