Now that we’re in the dog days of summer, staying cool is priority one. Nothing keeps you cooler than choosing a light and breathable fabric. Linen is always my go-to on the hottest days when I want to stay tailored. Here’s a look that does linen on linen on linen.
I’ve heard some people say that you shouldn’t combine linens. I don’t know what the rationale is, but I don’t buy it. The season dictates the kind of fabrics that are comfortable to wear. And when it’s summer and hot, there’s no reason to not combine a linen blazer, linen pants, and a linen shirt.
Linen shirts always tend to fit a little looser than cotton shirts of the same brand and size. If this bothers you, you can certainly get your linen shirt tailored, but you’d be defeating the purpose, in my opinion. A linen shirt should fit a little bit looser than your regular shirts – it helps with the cooling effect and keeps it breezy.
Linen, like cotton, wrinkles very easily. So remember to embrace the suck. Make sure you’ve got a decent garment steamer to quickly touch up each piece before heading out of the house and an quality iron for pressing in trouser creases.