To celebrate 10 years of dressing t men in the finest garments from the world's best brands, Trunk Clothiers have introduced a partnership with Ichizawa Hanpu.

Ichizawa Shinzaburo Hanpu are a historic Japanese bagmaker, crafting hardwearing bags cut from a timeless style. This collaboration is the first wholesale partnership that the bagmaker has entered into outside of Japan. A massive coup for Trunk, founder Mats Klingsberg himself admitted it took two years of persuading to get them onboard.

Celebrating a new fruitful union, this two-tone cotton bag is full of vintage American charm. The heavy material will improve with age and has been expertly crafted by skilled workers at their factory in Kyoto.

Shop this bag exclusively at trunkclothiers.com

The humble roll neck was originally a comfortable and stylish way for men to protect themselves from the cold. Somewhere along the way (the 70s we are looking at you) its sartorial credentials were ruined. More recently though, we have seen a welcome resurgence of the roll neck into the wardrobes of the most style-conscious men.

Why the uplift in popularity? It is just too hard to ignore the simplistic elegance of this piece. Versatile enough to be worn with smart or casual ensembles it delivers a refined, masculine look. We urge every man if they haven't already to introduce this key knitwear item into their wardrobes.

Different Types of Roll Neck

The roll neck is sometimes referred to as a turtleneck or polo neck dependent on where you call home in the world. For clarity and consistency, we are going to stick with roll neck. Essentially a very simple piece of menswear there are always nuances in appearance to items that help them take on a new form.

The Classic Neck

The classic roll neck is also the smartest version. Picture Steve McQueen in Bullit or Daniel Craig in Spectre, some of the most stylish men on screen. This fitted roll neck has additional material around the neckline that is folded back down on itself. Due to its smart exterior, it is adept at being worn beneath a suit, winter coat or just paired with slim-fitting denim jeans for a smart-casual outfit.

The Cowl Neck

Although less of a timeless style than the classic, this still holds a place in our overview of the roll neck. The cowl neck is normally a thicker material with an exaggerated neck that is rolled back on itself in a looser fit. It has more of a scarf like an appearance and is better suited for more casual or athleisure attire.

The Mock Neck

This is a key layering piece for winter and will be found in lighter gauges like cotton. The additional material around the neck won't go as high as the funnel. But, it is enough to add more warmth while rising above the shirt or sweatshirt that is being worn over the top of it.

The Funnel Neck

A funnel neck option is designed not to be folded back on itself like the classic version. With less additional material around the neck it typically finishes halfway up the neck or even just below the jawline. Structure comes from thicker materials or even a ribbed effect.

What To Consider When Wearing A Roll Neck

It is important when preparing your outfit to bear in mind two things. First the gauge of the roll neck and secondly the occasion. No one wants to be sitting in the restaurant on a first date sweating profusely wearing a thick woollen jumper.

When we talk about gauges, we are referring to the thickness of the material and the weave of the top. In simple terms, it is the number of stitches per inch of fabric.

A fine-weight gauge is your most versatile option. It still has a lightweight feel so great for layering beneath a suit or winter coat. Your ideal material for a fine-weight gauge roll neck is merino wool which is widely available from a ton of menswear brands.

Heavy-weight gauges are fantastic when the temperature drops and you want to keep the cold at bay. Your inspiration is going to be from the outdoors, think fisherman or explorers. Thicker wool in a cable or waffle knit design is our preferred style this winter.

How To Wear A Roll Neck

To stop yourself from looking like Sean Connery's lovechild, take some inspiration from our picks of the best roll neck outfits to wear. Stick to these and together we can help this once-maligned piece of knitwear get full menswear approval once again.

wearing brown roll neck with suit

Roll Neck and Suit

A roll neck worn beneath a suit is a great way to remove the shirt either on a more casual Friday work outfit or a date night. It is also an option for keeping formality whilst adding warmth, which will come in useful during the Christmas party scene.

For this look, you want to opt for a fine gauge to keep the structure and silhouette of the suit intact. Keep colours neutral choosing a simple black, grey or navy base palette to ensure it aligns nicely with the suit.

men wearing roll neck with leather jacket

Roll Neck and Leather Jacket

During spring or autumn, it might not be cold enough to wear a thick winter coat. Wearing a roll-neck beneath a leather jacket partnered with formal trousers can ramp up masculinity while keeping in mind the unpredictable British weather. All the while, making sure winter is at the back of your mind.

When choosing the gauge of the knitwear you can opt for thick or fine depending on the weather. A finer gauge might look more refined, but a thicker gauge will do more to keep you warm without taking anything away from the outfit.

men wearing roll neck with winter coat

Roll Neck and Winter Coat

The combination that has seen us through many a cold day. Like with the leather jacket if there is no additional layering piece between roll neck and coat then you can go thick or fine with the gauge.

Personally, I prefer a finer gauge, using an overcoat as a replacement for the suit jacket. That way you can account for varying temperatures on your commute to the office, whilst also removing a somewhat restrictive suit jacket.

roll neck and denim jacket

Roll Neck and Denim Jacket

Perfecting the art of layering doesn't always come with simple execution. By playing with textures and materials you can develop a more interesting outfit. But, that can also create more chances for the outfit to go wayward.

A denim jacket is a prime example of a piece that can be layered beneath an overcoat to compliment your overall look. It adds texture and a variant colour whilst also prolonging the life of one of your summer garments.

Because you are adding more layers the foundation roll neck should be a fine gauge so as not to lead to you getting too hot. Grab some outfit inspiration from the stylish gents in the image above.

rollneck with check blazer

Roll Neck with Check Blazer

Some men who like to wear separates (blazer and trousers) or experiment with bolder patters in their formal outfits can use a roll neck as a great foundation piece. Its simple, smart aesthetic coupled with again a neutral colour choice allows you to go for a stronger pattern like a check blazer.

Our advice would be to pick out a colour from the check and use that as the colour of the roll neck. That way your whole outfit will compliment itself. The same can also apply if you want to wear check trousers with a roll neck.

To stylish men, a luxury watch can be a true status purchase. It shows not only wealth (due to the cost) but also your refined taste. There are obvious immediate gratifications that we can get from the world around us. Investing in a luxury watch though shows dedication. It is to be cared for and appreciated over many years. An investment that can be passed down generations to prolong the memories it brings.

Crafting a luxury timepiece is a true art. Once you understand the mastery that goes into the mechanisms and hand finishes of the worlds best watches, you start to understand why they cause such as a furore among enthusiasts.

From internal movements to external aesthetic style, there is a lot to consider when purchasing. No matter if it is an eye-popping timepiece with all the extras or something more astute this guide brief you in no particular order the key players in the luxury watch market.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Geographic

1. Jaeger Le Coultre

Since 1833, Jaeger Le Coultre has been creating its exquisite timepieces in its home in the Swiss Jura mountains. Every collection has a refined elegance to it. This reflects the expert skills and craftsmanship that goes into making every watch. From design to assembly, all elements are housed under one roof at their manufacturing headquarters.

tag heuer carrera watch

2. TAG Heuer

Watchmaking since 1860, TAG Heuer have never stood still when it comes to innovation. Constantly looking to evolve and break boundaries within the industry it has seen them expertly create the TAG Connected smartwatch. This sits alongside their more traditional quartz and swiss automatic watch movements.

tudor pelagos watch

3. Tudor

Tudor was established by the founder of Rolex, Hans Wilsdorf. He wanted to give the quality and precision of Rolex but at a more affordable price. This commitment to expert timepieces without the high price tag has created a great entry-level luxury watch for men.

piaget alitplano watch

4. Piaget

The watches created by this Swiss brand are the epitome of luxury. Founded by Georges Edouard Piaget in La Côte-aux-Fées, Switzerland they are typically adorned with precious gemstones to purvey a sense of elegant extravagance. The unique savoir-faire of the brand is their blend of expert watchmaking with the refinement of jewellery making.

panerai submarine watch

5. Panerai

Created to be used by deep-sea divers, Panerai watches are well-known for their luminosity in dark conditions. The official supplier to the Italian Navy, the watchmaking shop was founded in Florence in 1860. Available to the wider public since the 1990s, Panerai are characterised by their high water resistance, unique shape and have become highly collectable.

hublot classic fusion watch

6. Hublot

Young in comparison to other luxury watchmakers, Hublot has been developing their unique watches since 1980. They were the first brand to combine gold and natural rubber. This fusion line was the only the start of their innovation. Hublot continues to invest in researching new technology and materials winning multiple awards along the way.

chopard mile miglia watch

7. Chopard

Chopard was founded in Switzerland in 1860, by Louis-Ulysse Chopard. They have become highly popular for not only their watches but fine jewellery as well. Known for its state-of-the-art technology everything sold by the brand is made in one of its three production sites. This vertical integration allows them to encourage creativity among its skilled workforce.

junghans chromoscope watch

8. Junghans

A tour-de-force in German watchmaking, Junghans deliver aesthetically pleasing watches with precision technology under the hood. Since its inception in 1861, the brand has stuck to an ethos of traditional craftsmanship fused with advanced technology. This is personified in their solar watch that uses precision radio solar movement to run completely independent of limited energy resources. 

bremont jaguar watch

9. Bremont

British watch company, Bremont was founded by brothers Nick and Giles English. From their beautiful curves of the dial to the rigorous mechanical testing, everything about these pieces is steeped in quality. Inspired by a love of aviation, every watch is hand-built in small batches in the UK.

rolex datejust luxury watch

10. Rolex

The grandfather of luxury watches and probably the most well-known watch brand in the world. Rolex didn't get to the top by skimping on quality. Every watch is crafted from the finest materials with the brand manufacturing up to 2,000 pieces a day to this high standard. From Hollywood stars to politicians, Rolex has adorned the wrist of some of the most famous men in the world. This has only helped to cement their status as the most sought after watch brand on the market.

iwc portugieser watch

11. IWC Schaffhausen

Combining tradition and innovation, this watch company has been a major player in the luxury watch market since 1868. Worn by navigators, explorers and airmen there is a clear trust in the company's ability to deliver exceptional timepieces. Like the Portugieser Perpetual Calendar. A masterpiece of horology, it gives you the precise day, date, moon phase and time for the next 480 years.

omega seamaster watch

12. Omega

Omega is committed to quality, design and precision in every watch they have made since their inception in 1848. In the past their timepieces have been associated with the military, more recently their precision timekeeping has made its way into the sporting arena. They have become the official timekeepers for a host of athletics and swimming competitions including the Olympic Games since 1932.

patek gondolo watch

13. Patek Philippe

Another Swiss-based luxury watchmaker, Patek Philippe is the last family-owned watch manufacturer in Geneva. Featuring a range of subtle enhancements to enrich the design and functionality of their timepieces, they painstakingly hand-finish their luxury watches. The Patek Philippe Seal on every piece is a mark of excellence. It shows the watch has met the strict criteria needed to be part of the Patek Philippe family.

vacheron constantin 56 watch

14. Vacheron Constantin

One of the oldest watchmakers still operating, the Maison Vacheron Constantin was founded in Geneva way back in 1755. They live by the mantra uttered by François Constantin in 1819 - 'do better if possible, and that is always possible'. Consistently reinventing and reinterpreting their watches has led to them being able to stylistically craft stunning watches whilst remaining true to their long-standing heritage.

audemars piguet royal oak watch

15. Audemars Piguet

Nestled in the Jura mountains north of Geneva, Audemars Piguet has been crafting watches in this hotbed of expert watchmaking since 1875. Over the years they have pushed the boundaries of Haute Horlogerie including the 1972 octagonal Royal Oak. This was the first luxury watch to be made of stainless steel. A vastly important innovation in the world of fine watchmaking.

longines flagship watch

16. Longines

Swiss-based Longines has been an expert in watchmaking since 1832. They specialise in producing timepieces that are refined versions of classic designs. The key fundamental value of the company has been and will continue to be 'Elegance'. Famed for its winged hourglass logo the company now has outlets in over 150 countries across the globe.

raymond weil freelancer watch

17. Raymond Weil

Spurred on by the spirit of its founder, Raymond Weil delivers a collection of timeless and contemporary watches. Inspired by the arts, there is a musical association woven within the pieces the brand expertly crafts from their home in Switzerland. From Mozart to the Beatles, the watchmaker has encapsulated some of history's greatest artists in their timepieces.

reservoir airfight watch

18. Reservoir

Reservoir evokes the passion and excitement of their watches from the adrenaline-fuelled instruments of the past. Whether that be automobile or aircraft they were painstakingly crafted the same way Reservior luxury watches are. This French watchmaking house based in Paris uses the city to inspire their creations that are all handmade in Switzerland.

rado true square ceramic watch

19. Rado

Fusing innovative design with high-tech materials, Rado create collections that are both recognisable and durable. Built to stand the test of time, their formidable watches have won them many watch design awards over the last 30 years.

Glashütte Original pano matic lunar watch

20. Glashütte Original

Glashütte Original embodies modern German watchmaking despite being over 170 years old. With precision and passion, they have been making their watches from their home in Saxony combining traditional craft skills and state-of-the-art technology. The result is timepieces that exude a touch of elegance.

grand seiko heritage watch

21. Grand Seiko

As one of the only fully integrated watch manufacturers in the world, Grand Seiko has pushed the boundaries of watchmaking. Producing world-class mechanical watches that are highly accurate is thanks to their dedicated focus to research and development. Crafted from 200 individual parts, the Japanese brand has very high standards for every luxury timepiece they create.

Du Maurier commodore watch

22. Du Maurier

A UK brand, Du Maurier comes from a shared passion for beautiful design and watches. The husband and wife team behind Du Maurier were frustrated by the current offerings from other brands in their price point, so created their own. All the watches are Swiss-made and abide by the company's ethos for affordable pieces that don't scrimp on quality.

zenith el primero watch

23. Zenith

From Louis Blériot’s history-making flight across the English Channel to Felix Baumgartner’s record-setting stratospheric free-fall jump, Zenith has been trusted for its precision. Since 1865 they have been one of the pioneers of modern luxury watchmaking working avant-garde innovations into traditional designs.

tissot tradition chronograph

24. Tissot

With its broad range of styles and price points, there is something for everyone from this Swiss watchmaker. The key to their pricing is the innovative Swissmatic movement that unlocks a more attainable price through its groundbreaking manufacturing process. Worn by the likes of Elvis Presley and Nelson Mandela it is a truly iconic watch brand.

Meister Singer automatic ivory watch

25. Meister Singer

Set apart by their distinctive single hand dial, the watch points to an exact moment in time. Since 2001, Meister Singer has been crafting luxury mechanical watches that tell the time with a spirit of nonchalance. Inspired by original measuring instruments the single hand idea was a masterstroke of founder Manfred Brassler.

norqain adventure sport watch

26. Norqain

A fully independent family-owned watch company, Norqain was recently founded in 2018. Part of the founding team included Swiss NHL Stanley Cup-winning hockey player Mark Streit and they have remained connected to hockey through various sponsorship deals. Their watches are built for those with an adventurous and sporty disposition defined by their motto 'your life, your way'.

louis erard watch

27. Louis Erard

Creating luxury watches that are authentic and original is what Louis Erard prides themselves on. Made in Switzerland, they champion a less is more approach to their timepieces. The overall effect is one of high-quality manufacturing using the best materials to craft elegant watches that come at a fair price.

baume mercier capeland watch

28. Baume & Mercier

Before a meeting in 1918, between the Baume family watch company and a respected Geneva jeweller by the name of Paul Mercier, Baume was already a well-known watchmaking family. They were highly-regarded due to their precision engineering and in particular, for their chronographs. The partnership with Paul Mercier saw the company start to develop its own design style and saw exponential growth during the roaring twenties and Art Deco movement. Now, part of the Richemont group they continue to expand their successful range of collections.

blancpain fifty fathoms watch

29. Blancpain

The world's oldest watchmaking company, Blancpain was established in 1753. They have always maintained a quest for innovation through their expert crafting of luxury timepieces. At Blancpain, the expression "innovation is our tradition" is a fundamental guiding principle. With an in-house design and manufacturing team, it allows them complete freedom to create their watches.

a lange 1815 chronograph watch

30. A. Lange & Söhne

These prestigious watches are painstakingly handcrafted from hundreds of individual elements. Relaunched in 1990 by the great-grandson of the original founder, they have continued to pursue the founding goal of crafting luxury timepieces that represent the pinnacle of international watchmaking artistry.

cartier santos watch

31. Cartier

Combining aesthetics and precision timing, Cartier watches creates exquisite timepieces. Famed for their jewellery it is easy to forget Cartier is a pioneer in watchmaking. They were responsible for the first modern wristwatch, the Santos, produced in 1904. The French Maison has also developed its own in-house movement to rival those from Switzerland and beyond.

chanel j12 unisex watch

32. Chanel

Not only one of the most famous clothing brands in the world, but Chanel also applies its expertise to horology as well. As you would expect from a fashion brand there is a trend-led outline. In this case, a genre-bending collection that showcases the individuality of the wearer. Born from traditional excellence this is a surprise addition to the list.

bell and ross mens watch

33. Bell & Ross

Offering a more contemporary take on the luxury watch you might see from others on this list. Bell & Ross creates functional watches inspired by the military. It all started with the 'Aviation' watch which used a flight instrument as the foundation of its innovative design. Since then there have been a total of five collections all taking stylistic and technical elements from the history of aviation.

breitling navitimer watch

34. Breitling

Breitling was founded in 1884 by Léon Breitling a skilled watchmaker who crafted both luxury timepieces and intelligent measuring tools. Continuing to innovate throughout its history, it was in 1952 that they launched the Navitimer. This iconic watch was equipped with a flight-specific slide rule and has been used by countless pilots and airmen ever since.

sinn german watch

35. Sinn

Sinn is a German company whose highly functional mechanical watches were first produced with pilots in mind. Built to withstand extreme pressures and conditions, expert engineering goes into every piece, building technical solutions for each application.

Men are far more aware than they have ever been about the importance of a good skincare regime in clearing and preventing breakouts. But, there is still some resistance to look at the root cause of any persistent skin issues. Moving from one brand or one type of product to another is not always the answer. Looking at your diet and overall lifestyle might remove the myth of those 'hereditary' skin issues you've always had.

Problem skin whether big or small can have a big impact on a man's self confidence. If you know you have a good skincare regime sorted, then this guide might help you look at the bigger picture and combat some niggling complexion issues you have been having.

Past research has shown that it is important for men to take a closer look at their diets to prevent or cure a breakout of acne. What you put in your body will have a positive or negative outcome on your skin. Following a balanced diet along with getting a good 7 or 8 hours sleep every night can drastically improve your skin.

Here are some key things to consider when looking at your diet and lifestyle.

1. Maintain Blood Sugar Levels

A spike in blood sugar levels will create more insulin in the body and there have been studies that show a link between the higher amounts of insulin in the body and onset adult skin acne.

Eat little and often. Eating small meals throughout the day is an easier way to maintain your blood sugar levels while monitoring your nutritional intake.

Vegetables are a fantastic way to give your body lots of antioxidants and a varied offering will help reduce inflammation of the skin. There are however some starchy vegetables that can increase blood sugar levels. Some good non-starchy vegetables to eat are carrots, cucumber, salad greens and cabbage.

2. Test Your Dairy Intolerance

Dairy as a cause of bad skin is not definitive. But, it has been said that milk has a link to the testosterone hormone which can stimulate oil glands. Overproduction of oil can block skin pores and result in men getting spots.

For a test, reduce your daily intake of dairy and monitor results. Thanks to the popularity of veganism there are a wealth of dairy alternatives on the shelves in our local supermarkets.

Remember, it is still important for your body to get calcium with dairy a typical source of this. So make sure you up to your intake in kale, broccoli and sardines to get it from these foods instead.

3. Reduce Fatty Acids

The fatty acids we are referring to are typically omega-6’s that can be found in vegetable oils. So put down that fried chicken and chips. Balance your intake of omega-6's out with more fish rich in omega-3 and medically approved supplements which should help develop better skin.

4. Remove Gluten From Your Diet

Reducing or removing gluten from your diet can have a positive effect on your body. Men are used to using gluten, especially at lunchtime to bulk out their meals and encourage that 'full feeling'. Bread or white pasta is a prime example of this. In the case of your skin though, sensitivity to gluten in some cases can create a skin rash.

Again, test reducing or eradicating gluten and monitor if you see any changes in your skin's complexion. We always recommend seeking medical advice if you think you have received a skin rash from gluten as sensitivity to gluten could be a result of celiac disease.

5. Lower Your Alcohol Intake

I know, the one you were dreading to read. There is no hiding from it, alcohol and in particular large amounts of it are not good for the skin.

We have all woken up after a heavy night gasping for a glass of water. This is because alcohol dehydrates the skin, flushing the body of vitamins. In particular, removing Vitamin A which is vital for cell renewal and will leave you missing that fresh skin glow.

Removing vital nutrients, electrolytes and fluids because of drinking can also make your skin look puffy and lead to bloating in the face. In severe cases of high alcohol consumption over a longer period, it can cause Rosacea. This will start as flushing of the skin but can lead to that permanent redness you see on the face of the old men in your local boozer.


We aren’t telling men to pack up their stuff and go live in a monastery. But what we are saying is take greater care of what you are putting in your body. Take care of your body from the inside out. Skin is the largest organ on the human body so let's start taking better care of it. Your complexion will thank us for it.

Richard Biedul will be a familiar face to many men. A popular figure at London Fashion Week Men's (formerly London Collections: Men) he has graced endless best-dressed lists and street style inspiration boards alike.

Professional model Richard is as busy behind the camera as he is in front of it. Working as a creative director and designer he is an advocate for British brands. His debut capsule collection was with King & Tuckfield, a brand with a love of British heritage. The latest partnership on Mr Biedul's CV is a three-piece collection with the historic shoemaker, Joseph Cheaney.

After visiting the Joseph Cheaney factory in Desborough his eyes were opened as to how the brand could help fulfil his creative vision. With over 130 years of experience making shoes, Joseph Cheaney ticks all the boxes when we think of the craftsmanship and passion that goes into traditional shoemaking.

Before jumping straight into designing, Richard spent hours studying the brands archives and getting to know the inner workings of shoemaking, Focusing on classic styles, the Vietri, Steadman and Isaac shoes are all given a contemporary twist. There was a keen aim on sustainable materials being used in construction as well as ensuring the shoes were performance-driven.

Shop the collection from 17th September at cheaney.co.uk

When the temperature is rising, and you are trying to resist the temptation of wearing a vest in public, or worse, no top at all. Then you can do worse than stocking up on linen. Due to its low thread count, its breathability makes it one of our favourite fabrics for warmer months.

Put images of cheesy beach weddings and ridiculously crinkled monstrosities to the back of your mind. Although we can't avoid the fact that linen creases are worn right, you can style these inevitable crinkles into a relaxed, worn-in feel. Look wider, and you will find some fantastic linen blend combinations that offer more breathability than pure cotton with fewer crinkles. The overall end goal is fewer grass skirts and more of a refined smart-casual wardrobe for the summer.

With more choice than ever for men looking to buy linen this summer, to make things easier, we are going to bring you our best linen outfit inspirations.

1. Linen shirt with shorts

model wearing linen shirt with shorts

A winning menswear combo with the ability to withstand the heat like no other, this has beach-front drinks written all over it. Just because you are trying to keep as cool as possible doesn't mean you should fall into the trap of losing your fit too much. Neither your linen shirt nor shorts should be baggy. The key is breathability and a relaxed fit, not oversized. That means the shorts sit above the knee, and the shirt is one step looser than the dress shirt you might wear for work.

The style of linen shirt is open to your taste and occasion. If you aren't sure, we recommend a button-down collar, which sits nicely between smart and casual. 

2. Linen trousers with a polo shirt

david gandy wearing linen looking smart

Linen trousers can be a sartorial minefield for men. This item is probably the most susceptible to creasing, as we sit for long periods whether that be when travelling or working. If you are more likely to be walking along the beach than sitting for any given time, then feel free to look for a 100% linen option.

For men that are more urban-based, then the key is to look for a linen blend that will maintain your look while offering greater breathability than a typical chino or smart trouser.

The polo shirt is the smart casual favourite of many men for summer. This is why it works so well in this look. You are still getting the element of smartness from the bottoms you would with your normal trouser, just with an added cooling effect. That means you can grab your favourite polo and partner it with a nice pair of linen trousers, maintaining your overall desired look.

3. Linen trousers with a shirt

formal linen trousers with a shirt and tie

This look will be a great option for the office in the summer. We would insist that you choose a linen blend mix though for this. The mix of linen and say cotton, can deliver the refined silhouette of a smarter look while minimising creasing.

We suggest partnering your linen trousers with your normal dress shirts or even a linen blend shirt as well. The menswear market is awash will smart linen mixes that are ideal as office shirts when things get hot.

4. Linen shirt with chinos

model wearing linen shirt and chinos

The classic combination of shirt and chinos still works beautifully when you bring in different materials like linen or even chambray.

A linen shirt will offer a bit more movement and is known to reduce perspiration. So, could be the ideal outfit idea for a weekend date. Summer allows us a wider range of colours, although the classic white shirt and tan chinos are hard to beat.

Again, whether you opt for 100% linen or a linen blend shirt, the fit is always a man's best friend. Not to sound repetitive, but the fabric will do the cooling. So, keep it relaxed with a nice silhouette that suits your body shape.

5. Linen shirt with smart trousers

linen shirt with beige trousers

How do the style peacocks of Pitti remain so cool in the Italian heat? They wear linen shirts. Either worn under a suit or just partnered with smart trousers, the linen shirt keeps that smart sartorial look while keeping you cool.

Many men overlook smart linen shirts because they fear that they will be faced with a ton of creases. In situations where you are keeping your blazer on, then a linen shirt could be imperative in lowering your body heat. Think summer weddings or corporate working environments.

If you still need convincing, explore the middle ground of a linen blend shirt as your entry into formal linen clothing.

6. Linen polo shirt with smart trousers

model wearing linen polo shirt

Yes, it isn't just shirts and trousers that linen has got its wonderful cooling hands on. A linen blend polo shirt could be a great addition to your summer wardrobe.

We know that polo shirts offer a great alternative to the dress shirt for less formal occasions when partnered with a suit. So, why not help keep the heat at bay and look at a linen blend polo. Removing the blazer in a more relaxed surrounding would prevent your body heat from rising even more.

7. Linen polo shirt with shorts

suit supply linen polo shirt with grey shorts

For occasions when you don't need to be wearing formal trousers, then a linen polo shirt and shorts are a great choice. Add a pair of driving shoes or suede loafers and you will have a Riviera-ready look perfect for a city break.

Whereas you might keep the buttons done up if you were in colder months, unbutton a couple of the buttons on a polo shirt to add a touch of debonair. This will play nicely into your Riviera vibes. The only thing missing now is your yacht in St Tropez.

8. Linen overshirt and t-shirt

linen overshirt being worn with a tshirt

Even the breakout piece of menswear over the past few years has not been excluded from the linen magic. Is it a shacket? Is it an overshirt? Who cares when it looks so good?

A simple tee underneath an overshirt and your choice of shorts or trousers will do just nicely. A masterful take on summer layering that will still be wearable when the mercury drops a bit.

9. Linen blazer and t-shirt

mango blue linen blazer worn with tshirt

There will always be occasions which call for a blazer. Rather than sweating it out at the baby shower or garden drinks in your wool blazer, grab a linen version.

Choosing linen allows you to maintain your sartorial elegance without causing too much of a sweat. Of course, you can always partner with a shirt, but a t-shirt will add a more casual but also cooler alternative.

10. The linen suit

daniel craig in linen suit

Bill Nighly once said he would never trust a man in a linen suit. And although it does conjure up images of overweight, red-cheeked posh men guzzling red wine in Mayfair, there is hope.

You need to embrace the creases to hit the right style note for a linen suit. Follow the same style rules for the fit as any other suit in your wardrobe. Then add a formal shirt (with a couple of buttons undone), and you've got the look just right. You might get a few creases, but Italian brands like Boglioli or Canali create fantastic linen suits that minimise creasing. So, if your budget can stretch to it, help is at hand.

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