Linen – look hot, stay cool


The temperature is rising, but that’s no excuse to ditch good style guys. From the resort to the office there is one fabric that is your best friend in summer. Linen. It’s luxurious, stylish, breathes well and, even when wrinkled, it looks great (like us).

In keeping with our theme of sustainability (see our last post here) linen is also one of the most biodegradable and long lasting fabrics you can wear. When untreated – not dyed – it is fully biodegradable. Ivory, ecru, tan and grey are all natural colours of linen – a derivative of flax plant fibres. When handled with care it can last up to 30 years.

So, how to wear linen and what have we got?

1: If it’s a summer suit you need, an unlined or half-lined jacket in linen is the answer. It will keep you cool as linen is both light and absorbs moisture, and its open weave is perfect for letting air circulate. Wear it back with cotton shirting for work (rather than a matching linen shirt) to avoid looking a bit too relaxed.



Shop the look! Bottom image: rpm Italian linen suit in brown, Gran Sasso jersey shirt, Persol sunglasses, Anderson belt, Henderson Barraco loafers. (Top image from Pinterest)

2: Play it down. Beautiful linen should also be allowed to have fun. For a casual take your suit only needs a quality tee and espadrilles to complete a look that is as comfortable as it is stylish. Alternatively, wear the jacket with chinos and understated but luxe accessories.

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Above top: Sky blue linen suit by rpm, Crossley white tee, Persol sunglasses, Anderson belt, Castaner espadrilles.

Above bottom: Above: rpm linen jacket, Haikure chinos, Persol sunglasses, Anderson belt, TLC leather slides.

3: Legs get revealed. If a matching linen short suit is too far a sartorial adventure for you, simply take good separates and mix them together. The over-all effect is more understated and is the perfect solution to hot weather sharp style.


Shop this style: massimo alba linen shorts, rpm indigo blazer, Reporter shirt, Persol sunglasses, Anderson belt, Grenson brogues. (Top image from Pinterest, header image from The Parisian Gentleman.)



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