A conversation broke out on my Facebook Group (not a member of the group? Find out about joining here) about linen blend t-shirts. It evolved into a thread about t-shirts in general, but I found the linen part of the conversation intriguing because I tend to avoid linen anything because of how high maintenance it can be. Does anyone have time to deal with wrinkles?
Yet, when I thought about how hot and humid it was in New York City last summer, linen t-shirts sounded like heaven to me. I don’t think you can truly get high humidity until you live in it. Case in point, I was in Las Vegas last August when it was 107 degrees. Hot, to be sure, but I still found it more bearable than in the 82 degrees with 90% humidity days I was living through in New York.
Linen T-Shirts that will Keep You Cool this Summer
Considering some linen t-shirts for the summer? Here are some styles to consider along with some outfits. In addition, you can shop for even more styles at the end of this post.
Shorts can be a hard sell for many women. That said, when it is hotter than Hades, they can be a lifesaver. I styled this 100% linen t-shirt from J. Crew with paper bag belted shorts. I finished the look with metallic Gizeh sandals from Birkenstock, a yellow crossbody bag from Madewell and this scarf from Nordstrom.
You may be wondering why I included a scarf if it is so hot. Something to know about 100% linen is, while it will keep you cool and from overheating, the breathability of the fabric also doesn’t insulate, which can make you freeze upon entering an air-conditioned room.
This next linen t-shirt from Eileen Fisher is also 100% linen. It has a boxier and forgiving shape, making it a favorite for many. When it is hot, it’s also nice to wear something that doesn’t cling.
I styled the shirt with a pair of cotton Piazza Sempione ankle pants (a total summer favorite for many clients of mine), a layering piece, also from Eileen Fisher, for cooler evenings or frigid indoor temperatures and finished the outfit with a pair of red sandals from Boden, printed bag from Tumi and long necklace from Nine West.
Rag & Bone linen tees are one of the styles a Facebook Member cited as her favorite, so I decided to include it. It’s 100% linen. Not a fan or showing your legs and want an alternative to pants? I styled the t-shirt with this modern summer maxi skirt from Vince, a pair of comfortable sandals from Söfft, almond colored bag from Rag & Bone and tortoise hexagon necklace from Kenneth Jay Lane.
I styled this 100% linen t-shirt from Vince with a pair of wide-leg cropped pants from Club Monaco. I finished the outfit with a pair of grey flat sandals from Lucky Brand, grey crossbody from ALLSAINTS and grey drop earrings from Neiman Marcus Last Call.
You may have noticed that t-shirts are getting shorter and boxier. There is a reason for this, pants rises are also getting higher. In addition, many pants have paper bag waists and tie fronts. You have two options: tuck or wear shorter t-shirts.
In addition to pure linen t-shirts, there are plenty of linen blend styles to choose from as well. Like this one from Rails which is 70% linen, 30% Tencel® lyocell or 62% rayon, 38% polyester. Linen blend t’s can be softer and may wrinkle less.
I styled the fun Rails star tee with a pair of wide-leg cropped pants from Lafayette 148. These are great for those who prefer a clean finish and wear shaped t-shirts untucked with their pants. They’re super flattering on a variety of body shapes too (three clients bought them last week). I finished the outfit with a pair of yellow sneakers from Boden, linen blend scarf and handbag from MCM.
Shop for linen t-shirts
Looking for some linen t-shirts? Check out these additional styles.