Our Favorite Linen Shirts for Men

Here are some selections that look great, feel great, and can be used in a myriad of ways

May 27, 2021
Enjoy the zen when you have the right linen shirt on. Unsplash

If you haven’t noticed yet, linen shirts have regained their place among men’s style choices, and the only real question is why did they ever go somewhere in the first place. After all, they check all the boxes men often cite when choosing their clothes: they’re soft, comfortable, and can add a tactile touch to just about any ensemble, be it classic or dressy. While once creasing and wrinkling were drawbacks, many of today’s linen offerings blend in cotton to reduce or even eliminate that concern entirely.

Makkrom Mens Long Sleeve Shirts Linen Button Down Beach Yoga Casual Summer Shirts

For all occasions

We especially like this shirt for its versatility – wear it for an outdoor party, a wedding, or even yoga. Makkrom Mens

Made of ultra-soft cotton and flax, the Makkrom shirt has a well-stitched small sewn collar that allows your neck to breathe while still looking stylish. It’s a button-down, so there are fitting options on the top and bottom. But if you don’t like your look to be too fitted, it’s best to go a size up or check Makkron’s sizing guidelines. You’ll feel that zen with it on.

NITAGUT Men Henley Neck Long Sleeve Daily Look Linen Shirts

For all seasons

While it appears to have a slim-fit look, square-shaped guys have found the fabric forgiving enough around the waist. NITAGUT Men Henley Neck Long Sleeve

At a 55 percent linen and 45 percent cotton blend, this shirt has the elevated look of linen but flexes like cotton. It’s soft to the touch but wicks moisture as dutiful linen does. And because it’s a roll-up, you can use it from spring to early fall (or year-round if you’re in a warm climate). Dress up, dress down, this is a shirt that can stand on its own, or be combined with a sports jacket or spring sweater.

Mens Long Sleeve Henley Shirt Cotton Linen Beach Yoga Loose Fit Henleys Tops

Pull-on closure

Made of a 70/30 cotton/flax mix, it’s built for breathability and comfort. Mens Long Sleeve Henley Shirt Cotton

This smart Henley puts a nice spin on the pullover convenience of the style. Button a jacket over it, throw a sweater over it, and you have a smart, dressed-up look. Throw it on amid a heatwave, and look brilliant all over again. You’ll love the ¾ sleeves look, and the offering of solid colors (particularly the dark green). This shirt is built as a loose fit, but sizes run small so if in doubt go up. And please be sure to hand wash.

Amazon Essentials Men's Regular-Fit Short-Sleeve Linen Cotton Shirt

Styles and options

The pocket gives the look additional character and some functionality, too. Amazon Essentials Men’s Regular-Fit Short-Sleeve

For those who like to accompany style with practicality, Amazon’s Essential is a perfect fit. A short sleeve with a patch chest pocket, this classic look works for formal wear as much as it does for relaxing weekend attire. Its 55/45 linen/cotton machine washable mix provides easy care, and the endless array of colors and patterns might lure you into buying more than one.

Cubavera Men's Short Sleeve 100% Linen Guayabera

A favorite everywhere

Given its pure linen and nod to fashion, buying a size up is a safe way to go. Cubavera Men’s Short Sleeve

Strong men be warned – the hugging short sleeves are sure to accentuate your guns. There’s a reason this style is popular and timeless. From Mexico to Miami to Tampa and beyond, the guayabera — a button-down linen-based shirt with four pockets and embroidery or pleats down the front — has evolved into a fashion statement for upscale dinners and afternoon cocktails. This 100 percent linen offering stays true to that, offering easy wicking amid the most humid conditions, and a shoulder-hugging loose-around-the-middle look that compliments every sized man.


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