Now we’re in the height of summer, it’s time to swap your trusty cotton Oxford for a lightweight linen shirt.
Linen is a magical fabric. With a low thread count and the ability to wick away excess sweat, it’s perfect for those who are prone to under-arm patches in the heat, and its antibacterial qualities means it won’t cause odour either. It should be a staple in every man’s summer wardrobe, living alongside your white T-shirt, your sunglasses, and your trainers.
There’s one catch - it creases at the blink of an eye. We’d recommend embracing the slightly crumpled fabric to add to the relaxed look. Give your shirt an iron or steam but don’t worry about the odd crinkle here and there because within an hour of wearing it, they’ll be back and you won’t be able to keep it looking immaculate all day long.
When it comes to styling, you’ve got a few options. You could size up and pair with little shorts for a louche summer look à la Jude Law in The Talented Mr. Ripley, and don’t be afraid to undo a few extra buttons pool-side. Or perhaps you’d prefer to channel Sean Connery’s James Bond in Thunderball, and go all-out-Italian-Riviera by wearing a short sleeved style with a pair of lightly coloured trousers and sandals.
There are a great deal out there to choose from. For the ultra-relaxed aesthetic, look for 100 per cent linen, or if you’re in the market for a breathable shirt to wear with tailoring, opt for a linen cotton blend which will help prevent those pesky creases for a sleeker, smarter choice. Our favorite is a camp or cuban collar style for a vintage feel.
Whatever your preferred design, we’ve rounded up the best in the business to let you soak up the summer sun in style.
Bode Mosaic-embroidered linen-blend shirt
Every piece designed by Emily Adams Bode Aujla, founder of Bode, tells a unique story through a study of the past, and the linen shirt is no exception. Inspired by an Eastern-European tablecloth originating from the mid-1900s, Bode’s shirt will give you that ‘I’ve-just-picked-this-up-at-a-flea-market’ aesthetic. Pair with their beaded trousers to up the eclectic ante.
Buy now £448.00, MatchesFashion
Cos Relaxed-Fit Camp-Collar Shirt
2022 is the summer of the co-ord, so treat yourself to this checked shirt and matching shorts from Cos. The camp-collar adds personality, whilst the linen-cotton blend fabric will make the ironing admin that bit easier.
Buy now £55.00, Cos
SMR Days Embroidered Herringbone Linen Shirt
Inspired by the laid-back beaches in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, SMR Days’ herringbone linen shirt features palm tree embroidery on the back. Size up and layer over a T-shirt tucked in to these shorts for a sunny city break look.
Buy now £395.00, Mr. Porter
Love Brand & Co Abaco Linen Shirt in World Is Your Oyster
If you’re partial to the enduring appeal of a co-ord, Love Brand & Co is the home of the swim shorts and linen shirt combo. Offering a range of prints and block colours that are inspired by the natural world, from oysters to elephants, they donate two per cent of the brand’s annual net revenue to charities helping endangered wildlife.
Buy now £140.00, Love Brand & Co
Uniqlo 100% Premium Linen Shirt (Regular Collar) - red
Made using 100 per cent premium linen, at £34.90 Uniqlo’s design is a steal. Coming in 12 colours and sizes XXS - XXL, they offer a selection to please even the fussiest of shoppers. We love the red’s obviously linen texture and relaxed feel.
Buy now £34.90, Uniqlo
Harago Hand-embroidered linen-blend voile shirt
Shining a spotlight on the artisanal heritage of his native India, Harsh Agarwal launched Harago to support and showcase the diverse craftsmanship found across the country. Wear this hand-embroidered shirt with relaxed cream shorts and sandals for a laid-back holiday outfit.
Buy now £287.00, MatchesFashion
Reiss Sampson Cuban Collar Embroidered Shirt
Designed using a linen viscose blend, Reiss’ cuban collar shirt is a linen-knit with floral embroidery and press stud fastenings. In a deep rust, it would work well with a neutral pair of trousers and classic Birkenstocks.
Buy now £118.00, Reiss
Loual Irish Linen Unisex Shirt in Holm Blue
Borne out of the idea that clothes should last, Loual offer a range of classic linen shirts, trousers, and shorts, crafted using 100 per cent Irish linen. The shirts are oversized with contrast stitch detailing, and can be paired with matching bottoms for a full linen set.
Buy now £240.00, Loual
Asket The Linen Shirt
Transparent brand Asket’s linen shirt comes in six colours and is made using 100 per cent linen, making it a natural choice for any summer getaway. Not only is this shirt 100 per cent traceable, but the linen, which is grown along the coastline of northern France, only needs rainfall with no extra irrigation, fertilisers or pesticides. A guilt-free wardrobe addition.
Buy now £115.00, Asket
Nanushka Bolen Shirt
Cut to a relaxed fit, Nanushka’s Bolen shirt is a versatile number that could take you from the beach to the bar with ease. In a neutral beige and brown colourway, you could pair it with anything from neutrals, to whites, to blacks, making it an easy choice when packing a holiday wardrobe.
Buy now £395.00, Nanushka
Theory Noll Short-Sleeve Shirt in Linen Twill
Masters in wardrobe staples, Theory’s offering is crafted using a linen cotton blend which gives a more structured finish. Available in three colours, our favourite is undoubtedly the white which offers maximum versatility and would look particularly good worn with a full white outfit.
Buy now £130.00, Theory
Mango Regular-fit 100% linen shirt
The classic blue linen shirt is a wardrobe staple, and Mango’s offering hits the brief. Made using 100 per cent linen, in a regular fit with a classic collar, it’s as timeless as it gets.
Buy now £49.99, Mango
A Day’s March Abu Linen Shirt in Lemon
Known for their minimalist Scandi aesthetic, A Day’s March classic linen shirt lives up to the rep. In a pale lemon yellow, it will add a ray of sunshine to any outfit. Size up and wear oversized with white short shorts for a look fit for any BBQ or garden party.
Buy now £90.00, A Day’s March
Gusari Safari Teal Green Shirt
Starting out with luxury swimwear in 2019, Gusari now offer a great range of shirts to go with their shorts. In a muted teal green, their safari style would look great paired with their khaki trunks and leather sandals.
Buy now £125.00, Gusari