With summer just around the corner, it’s time to get our wardrobes in check. When the sun does decide to come out, you’ll want to feel comfortable and cool, while still maintaining your meticulous style standards – that’s where linen comes in.
Crafted from plant fibres, this fine material is praised for its lightweight form and breathability, making it arguably the perfect fabric for when temperatures rise. Not only does it feel good, but it looks good too, lending itself to the classic, gentlemanly look of times gone by. Just picture the glamour of the French Riviera and you’re halfway there.
From lightweight accessories to breathable tailoring, here are the linen pieces you should consider adding to your warm-weather wardrobe this season.
Uniqlo Premium Linen Long Sleeve Shirt
When Uniqlo revealed its linen line for spring/summer 2015 last month, we were extremely impressed by both the quality and range of colours on offer.
At just £29.90 a shirt, you don’t have to pick just one, but we’ve landed on this teal option for a piece that can be combined with all the shorts you already own.
Available at Uniqlo, priced £29.90.
J.Crew Ludlow Sport Coat In Irish Linen
For a jacket that feels as light and airy as it looks, this J.Crew option is a winner.
Crafted from Irish linen – hailed by the brand as “the best in the world” – this blazer comes unlined with no internal padding for a truly laid-back, summer feel. The addition of contrast buttons shows nice attention to detail.
Available at J.Crew, priced £248.
Next Linen Tailored Shorts
Shorts for the summertime are a must, and high street retailer Next has you covered if you’re after a slightly more formal aesthetic.
Coming in a range of neutral shades, this stone-coloured, 100 per cent linen pair will prove the perfect accompaniment to a crisp white shirt and leather sandals for those impromptu afternoon drinks in the sun.
Available at Next, priced £25.
Our Legacy Printed Linen T-Shirt
Who said linen had to be plain? Swedish brand Our Legacy has thrown out the rulebook for spring/summer 2015, bringing us a range of linen-blend T-shirts in statement prints.
We’re particularly fond of this cracked marble effect option, which comes in a relaxed, boxy fit – pair with black shorts and sunglasses for a clean finish.
Available at END Clothing priced £125.
Suitsupply Havana Red Plain Suit
Head-to-toe linen is a great way to go if you’ve got an occasion coming up this season, with a splash of colour always going down well.
We’d wear this Havana suit by Dutch label Suitsupply to a summer garden party or wedding alike, with a simple white shirt and solid tie to keep things looking as sharp as possible.
Available at Suitsupply priced £299.
Drake’s Linen Pocket Square
What’s the perfect partner to linen? More linen.
However, to avoid going overboard, just a touch of the fabric in a contrasting colour will do the trick. This simple pocket square by Drake’s would look just as dapper tucked into the top pocket of a full linen suit as it would a casual blazer, for a gentlemanly touch of understated elegance.
A superb addition to any warm-weather accessories collection.
Available at Mr Porter, priced £60.
ASOS Linen Trousers
When the time comes to leave the jeans of spring behind, these navy blue trousers by ASOS will help you seamlessly transition into the new season.
Cut slim with a cropped leg – ideal for ankle-baring – this linen pair will not only prove comfortable, but smart enough to wear for any occasion.
Available at ASOS, priced £40.
Seeing a backpack in our list may surprise you, but this bag from acclaimed Danish label Mismo is crafted from a strong woven linen for water resistance.
The practical features don’t stop there, with the roll top closure and foam insulated compartments ensuring neat and comfortable wear whatever the season.
Available at END Clothing, priced at £355.
Cos Linen-Blend Raglan Sweater
Taken from Cos’ exclusive collaboration with Mr Porter, this round neck sweater combines linen with silk and lyocell for a relaxed yet luxurious finish.
With its laid-back silhouette and soft hue, you’re sure to find yourself layering this sweater over all your tees and shirts when the temperature drops in the evenings.
Available at Mr Porter, priced £69.
NN.07 Dereck Cotton & Linen-Blend Chambray Shirt
Copenhagen-based NN.07 is committed to producing simple, high quality menswear, without focusing on mainstream trends, so it’s no surprise that this linen-blend iteration of its popular ‘Dereck’ shirt has made our list.
An underused colour in menswear, we love the purple hue, which would look superb matched with a pair of slim-fitting beige chino shorts.
Available at Mr Porter, priced £90.