Men’s guide to linen: What you need this summerIt’s finally getting warm. We can go to work without an overcoat, feel at ease without an umbrella and can enjoy relaxed after work drinks in a short sleeve shirt. Comfort is key to looking and feeling good in the summer and the best way to stay comfortable (and look good at the same time) is to invest in pieces that are best suited to warmer months. If heavy wool is the fabric of the winter, then linen is without a doubt our fabric of choice for high summer. There are a number of reasons that linen is so perfect for summer, with the most important being that it keeps you comfortable and cool. Super fine, it is breathable and lightweight and looks good too. Traditionally worn by actors during warm LA summers and on the decks of boats on the French Riviera, the fabric was once one that only the very rich could afford. That’s no longer the case, with many high street stores and brands offering linen menswear pieces at low prices. If you are looking to add a touch of elegance to your summer wardrobe, and keeping cool at the same time, here’s our pick of some of the best available right now:
The linen suitWarm days mean light colours and even lighter fabrics, and this applies most of all to your suits. The Kingsman collection from Mr Porter has just launched its second season, and this fully canvased wool, silk and linen blend suit is a real highlight of the new collection. It would look amazing worn with a crisp, light shirt, a bright tie and pocket square and shiny shoes.
If you don’t want to break the bank, head to Asos to get your hands on this awesome light red blazer which is perfect for summer evening formal events.
Summer tailoringLooking smart in the summer does not necessarily mean having to don a full suit. And there are a whole host of tailored linen pieces that look smart and work well with a pair of jeans or chinos. Case in point – this beige slim cut waistcoat at River Island. A linen blazer is great to throw over a shirt on a hot day or evening and this one from Club Monaco is one of the best seen this summer so far.
Linen shirtOn to a good thing for summer, Uniqlo recently announced a full range of linen wear for men. Top of our list for summer holidays is this light cotton shirt, available in size shades and priced at only £19.90. Always on trend and offering pieces at wallet friendly prices too, is Zara who currently have this linen shirt with mao collar. The mandorin collar and long sleeves make this one bang on trend shirt, one that would look just as good with smart shorts as it would under a well-tailored suit.
ShortsLast but not least, linen shorts are a must have piece for the summer. If you’ve been wearing jeans while its warm your legs will breath a sigh of relief when you slip on these herringbone shorts from Marks and Spencer. If you are looking for a high-end pair of line shorts, look no further than the latest collection from Vince at Matches Fashion. Sporty, comfy and stylish all at the same time.
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