Five Plus One is our weekly series of buyer’s guides. We pick a specific category and dig up five great options along with one that’s a little outside the norm.
Many of us like to wear long sleeve shirts year round, but synthetic fabrics, or even cotton, can sometimes be overwhelmingly warm. But there is another option—linen. Sure, it may be a bit pricier than many other fabrics, but its lightweight, breathable nature make it an ideal fabric for the warmer seasons of the year. While such a distinct and, most notably, wrinkly fabric will take some getting used to, once you’ve been converted you’ll surely be reaching for your linen shirts more and more.
1) Portuguese Flannel: Linen Button-Up Shirt
You might suspect that Portuguese Flannel only makes flannel shirts, and I can’t say that I blame you. But truth be told, they make a wide range of products including their Linen Button-Up shirt, which is available in a wide range of colors. Constructed from 100% linen and made in Portugal, this shirt is a great option if you are looking to get into the world of linen shirts without breaking the bank. Despite its low cost, this is a quality-made shirt with reinforced cuffs and collar, and mother of pearl buttons.
Available for $135 at Blue Owl.
2) 3sixteen: Linen Shirt
3sixteen makes some great jeans, but that doesn’t mean their Linen Shirts are anything to scoff at. Constructed from a 100% linen twill, this shirt has all the great texture you’d expect from an ordinarily flat shirt, but with the softness and breathability that is only delivered by linen. This shirt features a ton of great details like side gussets, chainstich runoff, and burnt horn buttons to complete the murdered-out look.
Available for $229 at Rivet and Hide.
3) J. Crew: Baird McNutt Irish Linen Shirt
While J. Crew might not be the highest quality brand on the market, they certainly offer some great, entry-level products such as their Baird McNutt Irish Linen Shirt. Available in four colors, five sizes, and four styles, this shirt is almost certainly available in a combination that will fill whatever hole exists in your wardrobe. It might be missing many of the details you’d get on a higher end piece, but at this price point, you can’t be too picky.
Available for $90 at J. Crew.
4) Oliver Spencer: Clerkenwell Linen Shirt
Another great option that won’t break the bank is Oliver Spencer’s Clerkenwell Linen Shirt. Despite this piece’s relatively low cost, it has a lot of great details, especially related to its pattern. The collar of this shirt is quite small compared to most, but it matches very well with the rounded hem that is designed to remain untucked. Available in several colorways, it’ll surely have you coming back for all the other colors once the first one arrives.
Available on sale for $95 at End Clothing.
5) Gitman Vintage: Chambray Linen Shirt
Gitman Vintage is many people’s go-to brand for all their shirting needs, so it should come as no surprise that they have a fantastic linen shirt offering—but not just any linen shirt: a Chambray Linen Shirt. For me, one of the main selling points of linen, besides its soft and breathable nature, is its fantastic texture. This is only amplified when made into a chambray fabric, and Gitman’s attention to detail only makes this offering even more compelling. Each piece is made in Pennsylvania to the highest of standards with one front chest pocket, a split yoke back, and rounded hem.
Available for $215CAD (~$160USD) at Lost & Found.
Plus One – Our Legacy: Box Shirt
If you’d like a linen shirt that is a bit more out there then look no further than Our Legacy’s Box Shirt, a relaxed fit linen shirt in its descriptively accurate raw potato colorway. To further play on its oversized nature, this shirt features dropped shoulders and a wide pointed collar. The style certainly won’t work for everyone, but it’s a great option for those who like pieces that are a bit more out-there or simply want to try something a bit different.
Available for $310 at Need Supply.