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Do you prefer silk or linen shirts for summer wear?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by westinghouse, Apr 21, 2010.

  1. westinghouse

    westinghouse Senior member

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    Which keeps you cooler, all other things being equal?
     
  2. Matt S

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    Linen is cooler.
     
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    I don't like silk shirts, silk trou or even silk blend sportcoats.
     
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    SuitMyself Senior member

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    I find that silk absorbs heat. Silk is, as we all know, a natural insulator.
     
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    silk traps in heat. there is no comparison, not sure why you choose silk and linen. they are complete opposites in terms of temp coolness of wear

    only thing i know of silk that why you wouldwear it in summer is the thinness of the fabric. and the way they cut the shirts and pants, usually huge armholes and tent blouse shirts and baggy pants. that's silk for you.
     
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    Silk underwear and Linen shirts....[​IMG]
     
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    silk is warm and will sometimes retain odor.

    Linen and linen/cotton are best.
    I like cotton batiste or doubled up voile.
     
  11. JayJay

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    Linen. I've never been a fan of silk, and don't own anything made from it except for ties. I bought a silk shirt once, but never wore it. OTH, I have lots of linen and wear it a lot in summer.
     
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    Linen. I've never been a fan of silk, and don't own anything made from it except for ties. I bought a silk shirt once, but never wore it. OTH, I have lots of linen and wear it a lot in summer.

    Linen, a million times over.
     
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    I don't like linen because it starts to wrinkle up like crazy and therefore look like crap after about an hour of wear.

    On the other, silk feels and looks amazing IMO.
     
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    linen haters have OCD
     
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    Linen - it's also much easier to care for than silk.

    That said, I do like a nice silk camp shirt *if* I'm someplace breezy, like the seaside or on a boat, because they're voluminous enough to get a nice undershirt breeze going [​IMG]

    DH
     
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    Linen, but prefer linen/cotton blend
     
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    Silk is hot. I stick to linen and linen-cotton blends.
     
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    I prefer silk on my "dress like a pirate" thursdays. Otherwise its cotton.
     
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    I'm not a huge fan of the linen-cotton blends, but I do have a few pants that are blends. I enjoy them, but if I have to choose between linen or a linen blend, then I tend to pick linen.
     

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