Speaking of linen, this quintessential summer fabric has everything going for it: It’s lightweight, breathable, and casually chic. Featuring an open weave and natural fibers, linen is a gauze-like fabric that will get softer with every wash. Yes, it wrinkles easily — some say that is its charm. If you’re not one of them, try a linen-cotton blend, which offers similar cooling sensations without the need for incessant ironing.
Two we like:
- Banana Republic Heritage Grant-Fit Stripe Linen-Blend Shirt [$99; www.bananarepublic.com]
- Todd Snyder Linen Two Pocket Shirt [$188; www.toddsnyder.com]