The best men’s linen shirts are the key to unlocking your coolest summer outfits, literally and figuratively. Lightweight, breathable, and cool to the touch, linen is your surest bet—short of dabbling in nudity or cranking your A/C to its limits—at beating the heat in style. And while there are still plenty of top-notch versions primed for lounging beneath a straw umbrella with an icy cocktail resting beneath its own tiny umbrella, the linen shirt universe has expanded of late.
Beyond the old-school vacation shirts and flowy button-downs you’re familiar with, there’s now a glut of killer work shirts, tech-y gorp options, and laid-back T-shirts all made from the breezy stuff. Whether you’re looking for something casual enough to pair with your go-to shorts or dressy enough for your return to the office, there’s a great linen shirt out there for you. Oh, and if you’re worried about wrinkles—don’t. We’re approaching the hottest, most relaxed time of year, and the naturally rumpled look is all part of linen’s rakish charm. Lean in to the wrinkles, and you’ll look and feel more stylish than ever.
If you’re ready to roll into your handsomest, airiest, most ventilated summer ever, your friendly style consultants at GQ Recommends have scouted out all the best men’s linen shirts worth scooping on the double. Here are 22 unflappably chill options to take you from a red-hot beach day to a mid-August wedding and back again.
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