Stay cool in linen this summer

Model 2 wearing a Linen Shirt in Taupe

Stay cool this summer in linen
Featured product: Short Sleeved Linen-Mix Shirt in Taupe from Samuel Windsor

It’s entirely possible to feel fresh and look stylish even on the hottest of days. You just need linen.

Breathable and absorbent, this summer favourite can be dressed up or down to suit every occasion. Here are our top tips for snappy summer dressing in linen.

Suit up

Model 2 wearing a Natural Linen Suit from Samuel Windsor

Linen – the perfect material for summer suits
Image: Natural Linen Suit from Samuel Windsor

Linen’s comfort and versatility makes it the perfect fabric choice for a summer wedding or graduation suit. Blogger Timothy Barber recommends you wear it in the true English fashion ‘with a tie, lace-up shoes and a linen hanky in the breast pocket’.

The beauty of a linen suit is that not only is the fabric tougher than cotton, it’s also machine washable, making it ideal for workplace wear. To complete your outfit, Jake of St James Style blog  recommends:

‘A casual (but not linen) shirt, probably with single-cuffs, and a reasonably plain tie tied with a narrow knot.’

After work party? Simply dress your linen suit down by teaming it with an open-necked shirt or even a t-shirt. And don’t worry about creases either, because as Fashion Beans blogger Matt Allinson says, these only add charm and personality:

‘After all, summer’s about communicating a relaxed and playful impression and I think linen helps contribute to it.’

Beautiful blazers

Model 2 wearing Linen-Mix Blazer from Samuel Windsor

Linen jackets are effortlessly stylish
Image: Linen-Mix Blazer from Samuel Windsor

A good looking linen blazer will instantly smarten any casual outfit. Combine with chinos or jeans and a shirt for that fresh summery look. And to be bang on trend, pick a pastel colour. As the folks at Enclothed say:

‘For maximum effect, a pastel blazer with beige chinos, a pair of light tan loafers and a white shirt will make any man look stylish.’

Summery shirts

Model 2 wearing Dusky Red Short Sleeved Linen-Mix Shirt

When picking linens, go subtle in colour
Image: Dusky Red Short Sleeved Linen-Mix Shirt from Samuel Windsor

Even early summer evenings can be warm, so why not consider wearing a linen shirt with chinos and deck shoes or loafers? Cautious about colour? Here’s some advice from Esquire’s Charlie Teasdale:

‘A white linen shirt is a summer essential, but it should only serve as a jumping off point. Pastels are fine, but they must be subtle – linen doesn’t suit loud colours.’

If pastel colours aren’t for you, Style and Grace stylist, Samantha Wilding, suggests gingham:

‘Gingham looks crisp and is much more interesting than the usual stripe; you’ll find it adds a bit of personality to your look without sacrificing formality.’

On trend trousers

samuel windsor linen trousers

Image source: Samuel Windsor Linen Trousers
Keep trousers lightweight and comfortable

Lightweight linen trousers are all about character and style, but do crease easily. If you like the look but can’t cope with the linen crumple, opt for a linen-cotton blend. As The Everyday Man says of his summer trouser preference:

‘My personal favourite is a linen blend material. These are still the epitome of summer but don’t tend to wrinkle quite as much as full linen construction.’

Fashion Beans blogger Evan John, loves linen trousers because they combine maturity, style and comfort and has this advice for potential linen trouser converts:

‘Invest in a range of colours to keep variety and make sure they are tailored closely to the leg for a clean, modern silhouette.’

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