Linen is a quintessential summer fabric. Derived from flax seed, it’s a naturally lightweight, breathable, and antimicrobial material that makes the best linen shirts a wardrobe essential for warmer weather. Plus, the inevitable wrinkles and creases in linen give it its character and charm—show us a perfectly rumpled linen shirt, and we’ll say it evokes a summer well-lived.
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When the temps rise, swap your usual shirting fare for a low-maintenance linen shirt that can keep you cool and comfortable. Just like your favorite white button-down, its styling possibilities and outfit combinations are endless. These linen versions can be worn tucked in, undone and open as a layering piece atop a tank or slip dress, tied and knotted in the front, with coordinating bottoms as a set, over a high-waist bikini as a cover-up—we could continue, but you get the idea.
Just add chic walking sandals and a cute raffia beach bag for an effortless summer-in-the-city feel. What’s more? The inherent ease and versatility of a linen shirt make it also an ideal travel companion for your next vacation.
From crisp linen blouses to wear at the office to an oversized pick for the beach, the linen shirt will be the summer staple you reach for all season long. Check out our favorite picks for every style and budget below.
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