Linen shirts might be better known as a dad staple, but just like dress shirts and crew neck tees, the trick to scoring the look is really in the details. With summer on the horizon, the trusty linen shirt is a great option for keeping cool, regardless of whether you’re along the beaches of the Mediterranean or the humid shores of Singapore.

To nail that breezy look, choose shirts that are slim-cut and form-fitting so they aren’t flapping about wildly in the wind, and fold your sleeves up a bit for a more casual look. While white linen shirts are a classic, you can risk looking like a character out of a romance novel, so play around with colours. If you’re not adventurous enough, stick to blue.

In light of that impending glorious summer sun (and heat wave), we’ve picked out 5 linen shirts that will do you justice in the style department without you breaking a sweat.

Brunello Cucinelli denim button-down linen shirt

Not all linen shirts were made the same. Cut from vivid blue linen-cotton blend fabric, Brunello Cucinelli’s button-down shirt is remarkably smooth and impeccably cut, as is expected from a brand that is known for being the pinnacle of Italian luxury. Pair this with white shorts and brown leather slip-ons for strolls along the Mediterranean beach.

S$712, Brunello Cucinelli

NN07 New Derek checked linen shirt

Copenhagen label NN07 prides itself on creating wardrobe staples that are a cinch to work into the rest of your wardrobe. The ‘New Derek’ shirt is cut from lightweight linen indigo fabric and features the classic checked design, so it’s great for warmer climates and will even take you from day to night. Wear this with ripped black jeans for a grungy look, or with quality selvedge ones for a more put-together ensemble.

S$236, NN07

Our Legacy Generation linen shirt

Contemporary Swedish brand Our Legacy specialises in minimalist shapes and subtle detailing. Pigment-dyed so that it fades naturally over time, this linen shirt will give you all the street cred of a black denim shirt — only it’ll keep you cooler. While it looks great on its own, you can also wear this open over a T-shirt with blue jeans for a street chic look.

S$208, Our Legacy

Steven Alan Cadet striped linen-blend shirt

Specialising in casual staple pieces for both work and play, Steven Alan’s iteration sees a straight-cut relaxed silhouette with contrasting stripes. The breathable linen-blend comes woven with cotton for softness, which is great for all-day comfort.

S$270, Mr. Porter

Massimo Alba Grandad-Collar Linen Shirt

Massimo Alba might be renowned for his cashmere pieces, but he does a mean linen shirt too. The designer applies his Italian flair to the linen shirt, transforming it with little details such as an old-school grandad collar, a subtle bib front and finished with mother-of-pearl buttons that bring out the deep blue hue. Pair with trousers to nail that smart-casual look over the weekends.

S$255, Mr. Porter

Shatricia Nair
Shatricia Nair is a motoring, watches, and wellness writer who is perpetually knee-deep in the world of V8s, tourbillons, and the latest fitness trends. She is fuelled by peanut butter and three cups of coffee a day.