Here’s Why Linen Remains The Ultimate Men’s Summer Staple
An enduring staple with each spring/summer season, wearing linen is now cooler than ever
When it comes to great summer style, comfort and texture both take center stage and linen perfectly embodies those two key components. Although this enduring, centuries-old textile may have seen a pattern evolution over the years, its presence in men’s wardrobes remains intact. Finely woven linen in clothing gained a lot more popularity after World War 1, back when the 1920’s were roaring and the sweltering summers were derby-filled. Some of the earliest sartorial cues can even be traced back to the golden age of Hollywood, in movies highlighting escapism and pure thrill. With global temperatures at an all-time high, what better way to stay cool than a breezy linen piece? It’s no wonder fashion designers and influencers alike are opting to create entire collections dedicated to the stylish look and supple feel of linen. Here’s how you can make this trend your own before summer winds down.
INVEST IN A LINEN SUIT
Probably one of the most obvious ways to incorporate the trend into your wardrobe, a linen suit is a stylish winner. Besides keeping you cool on very hot days, it also makes for a strong summer workwear essential. You can pair your linen fit with ties and squares in multiple shades of the same hue just like basketball superstar Dwayne Wade. Find inspiration for a slightly more casual daytime look in this latte-hued suit worn by global men’s lifestyle influencer, Igee Okafor. Like Igee, you can pair with darker-toned moccasins and a sleek black shirt.
GO FOR COLOUR CONTRASTS
The great part about wearing linen is not having to take yourself too seriously. Take a cue from Okunoren and venture out from completely monochrome looks by wearing contrasting colours for punchier outfits. In this case, a classic blue button-down shirt paired with burnt orange trousers makes the perfect transitional outfit from daytime activities to nighttime dinner parties.
THE NEW WAY TO WEAR SHORTS
Take advantage of the breathability and comfort of linen by sporting a well-tailored pair of shorts. Casual enough for cookouts yet upscale enough for fancy brunches, linen shorts offer versatility as much as ease. 87 Origins pair their shorts with roomy linen shirts, a look that can either be worn with leather sandals or raffia moccasins for daytime.
JAZZ IT UP WITH A HAT
A lot of people forget some of the linen looks and styling choices we find super cool today were the unofficial lifewear uniforms of jazz players and musicians in the 1940’s and ‘50’s. Crisp shirts with revere collars and relaxed fit pants were never complete without the crowning piece. Finish off your look with a fedora or wide-brimmed hat for a vintage feel.