Whether you’re on vacation and drying off in your bikini after an ocean swim or just trying to avoid being a sweaty-palmed hot mess this summer, the right mens brown linen shirt is the answer. The cooling textile (made from flax) has been around since the time of ancient Egypt and is able to allow breezes in and evaporate body heat, making it ideal for scorchers. Here, shop a selection of relaxed silhouettes and summery hues, from striped iterations by Mango to Frame’s tie-dye version.
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With a tailored fit and back-pleated design, the short-sleeve option from Todd Snyder adds some sophistication to this otherwise laid-back style. The breathable linen blend, which incorporates 24% plant-based Sorona, is also environmentally friendly, making this an easy choice for sunny travel days.
Italian label Luca Faloni knows how to deliver the perfect linen shirt, and its ‘Vesilia’ design is no exception. With a casual band polo collar and an array of summer-ready colors, it’s crafted in the brand’s northern Italy workshop and exudes Riviera elegance.
If you’re looking to channel the relaxed vibes of a beachside bar but without sacrificing your sophisticated wardrobe, a button-down linen shirt is the way to go. British heritage brand Jaeger is on a mission to strip down the male wardrobe to essentials, and its linen options are both durable and easy to wear.
One of the few premium brands to hit the high street, Japanese retailer Uniqlo is an expert in delivering versatile staples at a fraction of the price. Its breathable linen shirts come in both long-sleeve and short-sleeve versions with a variety of flattering fits. Look for a range of neutral and bright colorways that can be dressed up or down with chinos and espadrilles alike.