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If flannel is the fabric of the winter months, linen belongs to the summer. Except, unlike your pilling red-and-black checked shirt, you don’t have to pretend to be a lumberjack or worry about your facial hair upkeep to wear linen. In fact, effortlessness is the best thing about the thin, breezy material: Linen just is. It doesn’t get in the way. It’s the perfect medium through which to live unencumbered.
Linen shirts have long been a summer staple, but they’re particularly relevant in a menswear moment that’s all about being rugged and prepared, as if you’re going to need a hard-wearing leather gear bag, industrial work jacket, and an axe to go work in an air-conditioned office. Wearing a linen shirt, in a light pastel or even a pleasantly colourful madras, communicates that you don’t need anything but what’s on you, and even that much is negotiable.
To wear linen confidently, then, is to embrace its relaxed crumpledness. And the easiest way to do this is with a linen shirt or blazer, but perhaps not both at the same time. For example, a linen blazer worn with a crisp cotton shirt creates a smart contrast in textures, while a linen shirt worn with a wool blazer or suit is an excellent way to dress down formal attire.
Pure linen trousers can be tricky for no other reason than your crotch has its own atmospheric considerations in hot climes and given linen’s absorbency, you can sometimes find that trousers become misshapen and generally scruffy looking.
Are you a linen devotee? Or are you yet to discover this fabric’s true benefits? Will you be investing in a linen piece as the weather warms up?