Linen Outfit Ideas for your Summer Travels

Monday, 10 June 2024

As the temperature rises and holiday plans take shape, choosing the right wardrobe becomes essential. With its unbeatable comfort and unique characteristics, linen has long been a very popular material to wear in warm weather. Breathable, quick drying and eco-friendly, its ability to keep the wearer cool and comfortable in heat, makes it an ideal choice for summer attire and warm weather getaways. 

Why is Linen so good for Summer? 

Linen has long been renowned as the most comfortable material to wear in warm weather. The use of linen in warmer climates dates back thousands of years to ancient civilizations such as the Egyptians, where it was prized for its beauty and utility.   

Made from the fibres of the flax plant, the loose weave of linen allows for increased air flow and breathability of the fabric, helping to dissipate body heat.  This lightweight and airy texture prevents the fabric from clinging to the wearers skin, which is crucial to maintain comfort.  Linen fibres can also absorb a significant amount of moisture without feeling damp.  This ability to wick away moisture helps to regulate body temperature, making it easier to stay cool and dry even on the hottest days. 

The flax plant, from which linen is derived, requires fewer resources to grow compared to other fibres like cotton. It is biodegradable and has a low environmental impact, making it a sustainable option. Choosing linen not only provides comfort and coolness but also supports eco-friendly fashion practices, aligning with the growing consumer preference for sustainable materials. 

Linen Outfit Ideas from Cordings 

Linen has always been a staple of the Cordings Spring/Summer collection due to its versatility and crisp appearance.

Gentlemen Linen Outfit Ideas

We’ve put together a few outfit ideas on how to wear linen for men this summer.

Man in soft pink Cordings Linen Vintage Shirt in front of a Malta background

Two Cordings outfits, two vintage linen shirts, two pairs of linen shorts and two pairs of Argentinian Polo Belts

For a relaxed yet stylish look, you can’t beat a classic shirt and shorts combo.  Cordings linen shirts are refreshingly spacious due to their generous cut and although they’re incredibly durable, they are made from wafer-thin fabric that will keep you cool even in the most stifling heat.  Our sky blue and white Linen Herringbone Shorts are incredibly versatile and can be worn with a variety of colours. 

A selection of Cordings clothing including a Tuscany Linen jacket, panama hat, cornflower blue vintage linen shirt and tan leather belt

It’s always a good idea to have a jacket to wear for those windy beaches or for when the temperature cools down in the evenings.  Our popular Tuscany Jacket is made from a light and supple Belgian linen in our unlined summer style.  Pairing this with our Cornflower Blue Linen Shirt, Lightweight Stone Chinos and Panama Hat creates a refined yet relaxed look. 

Cordings Blue Monty Linen Jacket alongside a Gingham Check sky blue linen shirt, Argentinian polo belt and tan linen chinos

Our Indigo Blue Monty Jacket is versatile and made from a sturdy Panama weave, cotton and linen blend, woven and dyed exclusively for us in Northern Ireland. Paired with a Linen Wittering Gingham shirt, this combination offers a smart but versatile look, a perfect linen shirt outfit idea for various holiday activities. Our Wittering Gingham Check Shirts are made in a crisp weighty linen and like all our shirts have a generous cut, enabling ease of movement. 

Cordings Bambridge Linen suits, one Navy and one Sand.

Linen is the perfect fabric for summer tailoring, creating a distinct silhouette and drape, gently creasing in a way that adds to the character rather than detracting. The Cordings Linen Bambridge Suit is perennially popular for summer weddings and more formal functions. This suit, crafted from high-quality Irish linen, comes in Navy Blue, Sand, Baby Blue and Olive and has proven to be our most enduring summer suit. 

Ladies Linen Outfit Ideas

When it comes to ladies’ holiday wardrobes, versatility and comfort are key. Essential summer items such as breezy linen dresses and elegant Liberty shirts provide a foundation for stylish and comfortable outfits, ensuring you stay cool and chic during your holiday adventures.  However, the standout pieces in our Ladies linen collection are the stylish linen jackets, perfect for adding a layer of sophistication to any outfit. Our linen jackets are designed to be lightweight yet elegant, making them ideal for cool summer evenings or breezy days.

Our blue Riviera Jacket is a classic investment piece that simply will not date.  Beautifully cut in a navy linen with contrast detailing, this jacket works just about anywhere.  It pairs particularly well with our Citron Presse Silk Shirt made with Liberty Fabric, White Cotton Stretch Lily Jeans and Navy Wide Suede Belt. 

This wool, linen and silk blend Oakley Prince of Wales jacket is incredibly striking and easily paired with a variety of colours.  Particularly a Sleeveless Seersucker Pink Shirt, Navy Cotton Stretch Chinos and accessorised with a pink belt.  Seersucker cotton is a thin, often striped, fabric also designed for hot weather. 

Linen’s natural properties make it an unbeatable choice for holiday wear, offering comfort, style, and sustainability. Whether you’re planning a day of sightseeing, an evening out, or a relaxed beach day, linen outfits from Cordings will keep you looking and feeling your best. Explore our complete linen men’s linen collection here and our Ladies linen jackets here