Why a linen shirt is your summer wardrobe saviour

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Kitty McGee

Smart, lightweight and versatile, the linen shirt has never been more appealing. Whether you are dressing for work, the beach or looking for an effortless evening outfit, the humble linen shirt is here to answer all of your wardrobe worries.

Every wardrobe needs solid, hard-working basics as well as hero, trend-led pieces or accessories to function at optimum level. 

This summer, everyone’s favourite basic is having a moment: step forward the everyday shirt. Well, more specifically, the linen shirt. 

Whatever trend or aesthetic you’re channeling this season, a linen shirt will slot in seamlessly… A boxy, boyish style works perfectly with this season’s major tailoring trend; maintaining a level of formality for the office when worn in place of a t-shirt or racer-front vest, with a suit.  A khaki or beige style, along with a belt bag and multi-pocket jacket, is integral to the utility trend. A perfectly fitting, all-white or subtle, striped style looks impossibly stylish with loose fitting beige wide-leg trousers or sand-coloured denim, and a cropped or tie-front style is perfect for weekends or holidays

In conclusion, it’s the most versatile and hard-working item you could conceivably purchase for a warm summer in the city. Not only that but it’s the piece you want to reach for every morning, on weekdays and at weekends, as it works with everything else in your wardrobe. It’s light and airy and to top it all it looks smart, stylish and on-trend.

Here is our edit of the seven best linen shirts available to buy now.

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  • Boden Chalky Pink Linen Shirt

    Boden pink linen shirt

    This super soft style in a chalky, dusty pink is a great trans-seasonal option. Tuck it into high waisted trousers or jeans with dad sandals in the heat or with brogues on cooler summer days.

    Dusty pink linen shirt, £55, Boden

  • H&M striped linen shirt

    H&M linen shirt £19.99

    This relaxed fit shirt from H&M is perfect for everyday with white or blue denim. Take it on holiday too and wear it over a chic white or navy bikini on the beach. 

    Striped blue and white shirt, £19.99, H&M

  • Emma Willis Bengal striped linen shirt

    Emma Willis linen shirt

    Emma Willis’ classic yet relaxed silhouettes are a summer workwear dream. Wear this with tailored trousers for the office and off-white denim jeans at the weekend.

    Pink and white striped shirt, £350, Emma Willis (

  • M&S COLLECTION Pure Linen Button Detailed Shirt

    M&S black linen shirt

    Summer black is undeniably cool, wear this black linen shirt with a black silk midi skirt and smart leather sandals or heels for smart but simple city style. 

    Black linen shirt, £27.50, Marks & Spencer 

  • Rails Tie-waist striped linen-blend shirt

    Rails striped cropped tie front linen shirt at selfridges

    The perfect hybrid of smart and playful this tie-front style from Rails looks great with high-waisted linen trousers for the city or denim shorts and sandals for the beach.

    Tie-front cropped shirt, £145, Rails (

  • EQUIPMENT Videlle linen shirt

    Equipment khaki linen shirt

    This army-green shirt with the brand’s signature double pocket detail looks great with wide-leg white jeans or denim shorts. 

    Army green linen shirt, £230, Equipment (

  • FRAME Stand-collar exaggerated-cuff linen-blend shirt

    Frame collarless linen shirt £280

    This smart white shirt from Frame is a great way to elevate a basic summer outfit. Wear it with straight leg jeans for daytime or tailored trousers, chunky gold jewellery and mules for an effortless evening look.

    White linen shirt, £280, Frame (

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