As a cool and unpredictable Spring is so often briskly followed by a sheepish Summer that doesn’t quite know if it’s here yet, one thing is for certain: you’ll always require a shirt that will be both functional (keeping you cool and comfortable) as well as stylish (good fit with timeless appeal).

The following selection of quality shirts ticks both boxes and more. Whether it’s for work or a holiday, stay true to the mantra that quality will serve you well. Shirts made with linen or lightweight poplin will offer you the comfort you demand from a summer shirt. These shirts can be worn casually or in more formal situations, but the over-riding factor is that they are perfect for upholding a well-put together outfit without getting hot and bothered.

Eton Shirts


A smart take on the iconic linen shirt that combines the linen fabric’s characteristic coolness and wrinkled texture with a more refined appearance. This version features a soft extreme cut away collar that is perfect to wear under lightweight tailoring for a smart, yet relaxed outfit. The cool linen fabric will get a personal patina after wearing. £140 from Eton Shirts.

J. Crew


In 1989, American clothing company Popular Merchandise changed its name and became J. Crew. The brand now offers a wide range of apparel for just about any occasion. A smarter option, the Ludlow Slim-Fit Cotton Oxford Shirt in white (£90) looks great with suits, and is made from a cotton that ages beautifully for use over numerous summers.



Founded in 2000 in Amsterdam, Suitsupply is personal, straight to the point, and their focus only on suiting means they are always a good choice for any smart shirt. For some smart-casual style, their Blue Plain Shirt (£79)  is tailored to an extra slim fit from washed Albiate Egyptian cotton, and features a single cuff, shortened hem length, and button-down collar.