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The perverse pleasure of not ironing in 5 (very valid) reasons

That press It’s not always true that it’s a waste of time: for the sake of certain clothes (and their final result), sometimes you shouldn’t do without the iron at all. But it’s also true that it is often exaggeratedthat not everything that comes out of the dryer needs to be ironed and that certain fabrics would have more dignity if the iron never touched them.

In short, if ironing is (still) an obsession for some, not ironing is instead the sweet perverse pleasure of many others. Here are 5 reasons to support this last theory.

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1. Miuccia Prada blessed the folds

Miuccia Prada made (voluntary) folds the element signature of the maison which bears his surname. The pleats at Prada are a real art, even Raf Simons – co-creative director of the brand – who has embraced this, knows this well leitmotif in the collections created together with the Lady of Fashion. Symmetrical, well squared, created with an aesthetic sense and creative vision: Miuccia often demonstrates her own way of conceiving folds when she goes out on the catwalk for the final farewells after her fashion shows. Just look at her skirt.

Raf Simons and Miuccia Prada say goodbye to former Design Director Fabio Zambernardi.

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2. You sweat less

Away from the iron you can actually sweat less… and not because ironing in the summer is equivalent to a punishment from Dante’s Inferno. Natural, breathable fibers like linen, hemp and ramie are perfect for dealing with humidity and scorching weather, and they ask to be worn nothing more than that: wrinkled. That doesn’t mean the end result of the look isn’t chic, just look at the street style icons.

The linen trousers, wrinkled in a completely natural way.

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3. It’s like traveling more than 11 thousand km by car

A study reported by Eco Matcher believes that, for every very wrinkled shirt, ironing involves the emission of 40g CO2e (a unit of measurement that indicates the impact of various greenhouse gases on the climate). Moreover: ironing five a week every year is equivalent to traveling an average of seven miles (over 11 thousand kilometres) by car. Should you stop ironing at all if you care about eco-sustainability? Maybe not, but reducing the use of the iron on everything that doesn’t really require it could certainly help. Very often the dryer is already used (which is enough in itself for many clothes), others even use tricks when hanging them out in the open air, to avoid the formation of creases and clothespin marks.

A full-pleated street style look.

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4. Even red carpets clear creases

Watch out for those two! Satin and silk are certainly two fabrics that are easily accustomed to creases: you sit down for a moment and – voila! – you have to iron it all over again. Celebrities now don’t seem to worry too much: the latest demonstration comes from the red carpet of the Netflix television series The Crown 6. Our accomplice is the actress Meg Bellamy, who will play Kate Middleton in the sixth season of the acclaimed series, alongside Ed McVey as Prince William. Only question: would Kate Middleton have worn a wrinkled dress?

Meg Bellamy in a wrinkled dress at the red carpet of The Crown 6.


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5. You redeem four months of your life(?!)

Very pre-pandemic, in 2013, a study by The Daily Mail had thus ruled in the United Kingdom: «The amount of time mothers spend ironing is staggering, and on average equals four months of their lives». It does not end here. According to the source, the study has shown that the pile of clothes ironed by English mothers over the course of their lives could be 1248 meters high, four times higher than the infamous sliver-shaped tower – The Shard – of the British capital, which is 303 meters high. We hope that the pandemic and the general reconsideration of life priorities has changed habits for the better.

A street style look with wrinkled trousers and blazer.

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