Men's Linen Shirt
Staying Cool with Style
Every Spring as I transition to wearing summer clothes, my spouse inevitably says "Are you really going to wear that again?" and I think "of course I am", then I look a little closer and realize some of my favorite summer items did not survive last summer very well.
There are more options for men today than the basic tee shirts and polo shirts. I strongly suggest all men think seriously about a well made men's linen shirt for this summer.
The one downfall of a linen shirt and the reason many men shy away from it is because of its likeliness to wrinkle. When is hot out, wrinkles are your best friend. When your clothes wrinkle it creates little pockets of air so less fabric is directly touching your skin. Less fabric on your skin means less heat your body has to deal with. Linen is basically old school air conditioning.
The main benefit of wearing a linen shirt in hot weather is the coolness and sun protection it will provide. The loose weave allows more airflow and the structure of the fibers allows it to stays away from your skin allowing better airflow over your body. Linen is a “stiff” fabric and is less likely to cling to the skin allowing it wick moisture and quickly dry out and becomes cool again.
Linen is highly absorbent and a good conductor of heat. Your linen shirt will feel cool to the touch and is capable of absorbing moisture and then and quickly yielding it again. Because of its molecular structure linen cloth can absorb as much as 1/5 of its weight before giving a feeling of being damp or wet. Basically, your linen shirt will absorb lots of perspiration and it is unlikely it will ever feel clammy. Water is both absorbed and evaporated quickly. The result is your linen shirt acting like an excellent cooling system.
Apart from coolness and high absorbency, linen has another very favorable property, good heat conductivity characteristics. Heat conductivity refers to the extent to which heat can be conveyed through the fabric. As linen quickly allows the heat to escape, it further improves cooling. The heat conductivity of linen is about five times higher than wool and eighteen times higher than silk.
If you have never owned a great linen shirt, get one for this summer. You can feel cool and look great and as an extra bonus, if you get a sun burn linen will help with keeping the burn cool.