When summer sets in, your shopping needs change. Primarily, negronis become a priority, but sitting in a very close second is linen. Linen clothing has long been the savior of sweaty summer days, and when we say long, we mean it. In fact, the oldest intact garment is a linen shirt dating back to the fourth millennium BC. That speaks to another of linen clothing’s benefits.

Linen clothes are extremely durable. Alongside the lightweight breathability afforded by the fabric, you can be sure that your favorite linen bits will stick around for a while and there’s a high chance they’ll even outlive you.

We’ve taken a deep dive into the world of linen clothing. Ranging from understated polos by Norse Projects to contemporary luxury bits from Charles Jeffrey Loverboy, this roundup shows the true power of linen, furthering its case as the MVP of summer.

Shop our favorite linen clothing for summer 2023 below.

Norse Projects Polo Shirt

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Polo Shirt


Norse Projects

Buy at Harvey Nichols

One of many Norse Projects staples, this linen and cotton blend shirt gives you all the style versatility needed. Its polo collar and slightly loose shape make this shirt the perfect mix between casual and elegant.

Polo Ralph Lauren Logo-embroidered Shirt

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Logo-embroidered Shirt


Polo Ralph Lauren

Buy at Harvey Nichols

Polo Ralph Lauren opts for a relaxed silhouette for this summer. Go for this tan colorway to pair with neutral ‘fits.

Miharayasuhiro Two-tone Trousers

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Two-tone Trousers



Buy at Matches

Mihara Yasuhiro’s deconstructed pieces are always to admire. The designer maintains a sweatpants silhouette and adds a workwear linen pant on top of one side to give it a surrealist illusion. This piece proves that summer outfits can get as experimental as any other season.

Charles Jeffrey Loverboy Printed Bermuda Shorts

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Printed Bermuda Shorts


Charles Jeffrey Loverboy

Buy at Matches

Jorts are going strong this season, and Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY gifts you a linen version. These bermudas feature an elasticated waistband with fastening strings for a customizable fit. The faded ornate print gives a lot of style freedom.

BODE Patchwork Napkin Shirt

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Patchwork Napkin Shirt



Buy at Matches

Here, BODE uses linen — our favorite material for summer — to do what it does best, patchwork. The brand sews together napkin pieces to create a beautiful rustic pattern. The boxy silhouette gives you enough room for ventilation on the warmest days.

Stone Island Summer Shorts

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Summer Shorts


Stone Island

Buy at Slam Jam

Stone Island’s fabric experimentation is as famous as the brand itself. Composed of Italian-made garment-dyed linen, these shorts bring color and comfort to your summer rotation.

Marni Boxy Shirt

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Boxy Shirt



Buy at Luisaviaroma

For this linen shirt, Marni and No Vacancy Inn dodge their bold color palette and keep it neutral. They opt for a relaxed fit by featuring dropped shoulders, loose short sleeves, and a low hem.

Etro Knit Vest

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Knit Vest



Buy at Luisaviaroma

Breaking away from its paisley pattern designs, ETRO brings a muted vest to the equation. The piece is entirely made of linen, making it breathable and lightweight for summer.

Story mfg. Camp-Collar Shirt

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Camp-Collar Shirt


Story mfg.

Buy at Mr Porter

Story Mfg. injects some fall elements into this summer-approved linen shirt. The roomy short sleeves and dropped shoulders give it an oversized effect. Along with the pumpkin hand-stitch embroidery, the thick lining at the sleeves and hem elevates the look.

A.P.C. Cassel Shirt

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Cassel Shirt



Buy at Mr Porter

Whether you are going on a causal summer date or a daylight event, this linen A.P.C. shirt has your back. Cut to a subtly relaxed fit, it retains a sense of refinement as well as breezy summer vibes.

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