Linen Dress Shirts

Discussion in 'Andy's Fashion Forum' started by chris2008, Apr 16, 2019.

  1. chris2008

    chris2008 Active Member with Corp. Privileges

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    I have a shirt made from cotton and linen blended fabric, and when I hold the fabric up towards the light it is quite translucent. Are linen and cotton and linen dress shirts typically lightweight and very translucent?
     
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  2. TerryM

    TerryM Active Member with Corp. Privileges

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    Linen breathes very well and is usually thin. I gave up on them because they are too much work.
     
  3. Titus_A

    Titus_A Super Member

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    It depends. Linen is generally woven in a lightweight weave when used for clothes, although that is not always the case. The only linen shirts I have ever seen were rather as you describe.

    I wouldn't describe a linen shirt as a "dress shirt," though: the fabric doesn't lend itself to the formality of being a "dress shirt." They make wonderful summer sports shirts, though.
     
  4. Mike Petrik

    Mike Petrik Honors Member

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    I agree with Titus. That said, long sleeve linen shirts with button down collars can work nicely with a knit or similarly informal necktie and a seersucker or poplin jacket. Because few linen shirts with pointed collars accommodate collar stays they generally won't work well with a tie.
     
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  5. chris2008

    chris2008 Active Member with Corp. Privileges

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    Do lightweight linen shirts tear easily?
     
  6. Charles Dana

    Charles Dana Honors Member

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    My experience is that they do not.

    If you want to painlessly dip your toe into the world of linen shirts, try a couple from Uniqlo--every now and then they go on sale for $19.90 each (full retail is a whopping $29.90). They are good, but they are strictly casual items.

    I actually enjoy ironing my wrinkled linen shirts from various merchants. I spray each shirt with water, apply the iron, and watch with satisfaction as a wrinkled mess steadily turns back into a smooth shirt. As long as I spritz on enough water, the ironing process is pretty easy.
     
  7. SG_67

    SG_67 Connoisseur

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    I can vouch for the UniQlo linen shirts. An excellent value.

    While I don’t consider linen a dress shirt, it is still a proper shirt to wear out to dinner if the weather is particularly hot or if you just want to bump your outfit up a rung on the formality ladder.
     
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  8. Mike Petrik

    Mike Petrik Honors Member

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    Agreed, and a linen shirt works perfectly fine with a sport jacket. IMO they are generally not dressy enough for neckties other than more casual ties such as seersucker or knit.
     
  9. johnpride

    johnpride Starting Member

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    Woven Linen is used as fabric which is best in Summer. Pair it up with your favorite denim and formal trousers for the perfect casual wear party looks
     
  10. JBierly

    JBierly Advanced Member

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    70/30 cotton/linen blends (or similar) can be worn as dress shirts and are a decent option with a summer suit.
     

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