A Gentleman’s Guide to Men’s Linen Suits

Men’s linen suits are a mystery to some gentlemen out there but after you read this you should know why they are actually a must have for any gentleman’s wardrobe. Linen fabric has been used for clothing by the Egyptians since as early as 8000 BC. However, some evidence suggests it goes back even further to around 36000 BP. Throughout history, cultures have prized this fabric, made from the stem fibers of the flax plant, for its lightweight, moisture-wicking, soft, smooth texture, and durability.




If you are looking for a nice way to show off your style, men’s linen suits may be the answer for you. These suits come in a variety of styles that are suitable for any number of occasions. If you are considering a linen suit, you must be aware that linen takes a considerable amount of care, but if you enjoy looking like a professional, the care is well worth the look. Another positive thing about a linen suit is that it will last a long time if you care for it properly, so you can enjoy your cool look for a long time to come.

Occasions for Wearing a Man’s Linen Suit


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The cut of the linen suit dictates what occasion it is suitable for. A sport cut is ideal for a day at the country club or an afternoon wedding. A more traditional cut is ideal for the boardroom or an evening wedding. Another thing that dictates what occasion a men’s linen suit is suitable for is the color.

You don’t want to wear a bright purple linen suit to a corporate meeting unless your corporation is one in the entertainment industry. A black, blue or tan suit is a good option for professional occasions. Brighter colors are a good option for casual events that require you to wear a linen suit.

Why Choose a Linen Suit

Men’s linen suits are ideal in situations when you may get a little overheated, as the linen is a natural fiber that will wick moisture away from your skin. This will help you to stay cool even when you are under pressure. Be warned, however, that profuse sweating may stain the linen or cause the texture to be altered.

Linen suits are relatively thin, so you wear linen suits during warm weather. If the winters in your area are harsh, you should store you linen suits for the winter, as they don’t offer much protection against cold air. If it snows in your area, put your linen suits away, as the salt and moisture may damage the bottom of your suit.

Accessorize a Man’s Linen Suit

Accessorize a Man’s Linen Suit Generally, you should choose a linen or cotton shirt with your linen suit. Almost any tie will look nice with a linen suit; however, you should stay away from bolo ties and bow ties, as these are a little too much for a linen suit. Remember that while a linen suit is formal, it has a cool and casual air about it that you should continue with your accessories.

The Texture of Men’s Linen Suits


Texture of Men’s Linen Suits

Linen suits have a very distinctive texture. This texture is part of the charm of a linen suit. A natural material, linen is made of fibers from the flax plant. These fibers remain firm when they are woven, and they are long, so they tend to bend slightly. Once the fibers are bent, they stay bent. This gives linen a slightly wrinkled appearance that looks stylish instead of unkempt. This is one of the little quirks about men’s linen suits that some men like, as these suits allow you to seem a little more approachable and friendly than if you were wearing a stiff suit.

Caring for a Man’s Linen Suit

Caring of a men's linen suit

In order to keep the unique texture of the linen suit, you have to care for it properly. You must handle the suit carefully to avoid damaging the fibers. While most linen clothing can be washed on the delicate cycle of the washing machine, linen suits should usually be dry cleaned. To determine if your suit must be dry cleaned, check the care label and follow the directions precisely. Be sure to choose a reputable dry cleaner to care for your linen suit, as it would be a shame to have your suit damaged by an inexperienced cleaner.

If you should happen to get a stain on your linen suit, you may be able to use some delicate cold-water-wash laundry detergent to help you blot the stain out. This, however, isn’t an option if the label does say dry clean only. Stain removers should be used sparingly, if at all, on linen suits because most linen suits can’t handle the chemicals in the stain removers. A better option is to head straight to the dry cleaners if you notice a stain or spot on your linen suit.

Even linen items that can be washed should never be placed in a tumble dryer. The harsh tumbling action can damage the linen fibers and cause the garment to look tattered. You must hang linen to air dry. If you need to iron the suit for some reason, do so while the suit is damp if you have washed the garment. If you took it to a dry cleaner, you can use a warm iron to freshen up the suit; however, make sure that you cover the linen suit with a white pillowcase to avoid scorching iron marks.

Storing Men’s Linen Suits


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Because of the propensity of linen suits to crease, you must always hang your suit up when you aren’t wearing it. Even if your suit is dirty and needs to be dry cleaned, you still should hang it up to avoid damaging the fibers. Tossing a linen suit into the dirty clothes can severely damage the suit. Not only will it get wrinkled, it may also get water stains from wet towels being thrown into the dirty clothes basket.

If you have to travel with your linen suit, hang it in a garment bag. If you have more than just the linen suit in the bag, hang the suit up in the middle of the other clothing. Clothes in the middle of the garment bag are less likely to fold up and wrinkle. As soon as you get to your destination, take the linen suit out of the bag and hang it up so that it doesn’t get wrinkled. You should do the same when you return home after your trip.

The Fibers Of Linen Suits

It isn’t any wonder we have been using this textile for a wide variety of uses such as home furnishings, carpeting, shoes and even currency as it has long been considered to be one of the strongest natural fibers on Earth. The manufacturing of linen fabric is quite labor intensive. Therefore it is considered by many to be a luxury fabric. You can expect to see that reflected in the price of a superior article of linen clothing like a suit, jacket or trousers.

Some experts will argue that the drawbacks of linen don’t support the high cost when there are fabrics like cotton that are almost as equally matched at a much less expensive price tag. As with most natural fabrics, there are varying levels of quality that can also contribute to the overall price of a garment. Linen fibers are known as best fibers and there are two varieties: shorter tow fibers used for coarser fabrics and longer line fibers used for finer fabrics. Flax fibers are often identified by their “nodes”. It is these nodes which add to the flexibility and texture of the fabric.


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Let us take a closer look at the pro’s and con’s of men’s linen suits and then you can make the call if it is worth the expense to your pocketbook or not. The more informed a buyer is, the less they will be disappointed with their purchase.

The Pros & Con’s of Men’s Linen Suits

  The Pros of Men’s Linen Suits:

  • Linen is an all natural fully biodegradable fabric (if not dyed) that resists bacteria and is perfect for those with sensitive skin or prone to allergic reactions
  • It is lightweight and durable, it is even stronger when wet
  • It absorbs perspiration, allows the skin to breathe, and better allows the air to circulate around the body
  • Linen can withstand high temperatures – making the fabric generally perfect for raiding the jungle or lounging on a tropical island.
  • Washing linen fabric makes it softer and more pliable.


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The Con’s of Men’s Linen Suits:

  • It wrinkles and creases easily, especial linen trousers which can make you look less than desirable
  • The cost of high-quality linen clothing can take a large chunk out of your wallet
  • Depending on the garment, it can be machine washed. However, suits and jackets should always be sent out to a reputable cleaner who is familiar with high-quality luxury fabrics


How to wear a linen suit

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  • Pick a colored linen suit, between light blue, cold beige or even a darker navy for a more Clean look.
  • be certain to have it laundered and pressed before you can wear it. The suit will wrinkle yet but a decent cleaning will help keep it looking firm longer. Make sure when you’re taking a seat at your work area to hang your coat on a holder (never on the back of your seat).
  • wear linen suit usually with a cotton men’s dress shirt. The harmony of fabrics will add depth and texture to your set.

When to Wear A Men’s Linen Suits

Since linen can be dressed up or down, there are a variety of ways that you can express yourself in this fabric. Linen suits are very well positioned to be more playful and creative when it comes to color. Try wearing linen suits in shades of tan, blue and even pink for a relaxed summer gathering. To keep the look casual no tie is required for this ensemble. Light blue linen suits are a great option to wear to beach weddings or destination weddings held in hot climates for either groom or guest. 

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Linen suits aren’t only worn in the summer months. Try pairing a darker colored linen suit with a lightweight sweater when the weather turns cooler. Darker colored linen suits make a great choice for the business minded gentleman to wear in the fall. 

What Shoes to Wear With Men’s Linen Suits


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What shoe to wear with your linen suit?  Loafers are the best choice of footwear for these suits and do double duty in your wardrobe. Lighter colored loafers in white or tan shades keep your look refined yet casual. Pairing darker colored loafers like brown or black are also a great option. Especially when you are going for a more professional look in the office.

4 thoughts on “Men’s Linen Suits – Your Ultimate Guide

    • Gentleman's Guru says:

      When wearing a linen suit as wedding attire, including cufflinks with your ensemble is acceptable if you choose to make your look more formal. If you are going for a more casual look like a beach wedding and you are not including other formal accessories like ties with your suit, cufflinks are not required. We hope you find this information helpful and we thank you for asking.

  1. AV says:


    How do you pick socks for your linen suit (and trouser)? Should the color of socks match with that of the pants? White socks with white linen suit?

    • Gentleman's Guru says:

      Most often linen suits are worn during the hotter months of the year or in warmer climates. They are worn with loafers or sandals which do not require socks. However, you are opting to wear socks with your linen suit, make sure they match the color of your trousers. Additionally, make sure that they are dress socks. Athletic or novelty socks would spoil the look.

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