The Academy Brand Guide To Wearing Linen In Winter

When we think of hot summer days, linen is often the first fabric that comes to mind. However, did you know that linen isn't just limited to summer wear? Linen is amazingly versatile and can be worn year-round, even during the winter.

In this article, we’ll talk about the best linen styles to wear this winter and which fabrics pair well with linen to get you started. So, keep on reading!

Is linen fabric warm to wear for winter?

This can be confusing as linen is typically associated with keeping you cool. But yes, it can also keep you warm during the cold season! 

Linen has temperature-regulating properties which allow heat to escape from our body when needed and wicks away moisture from our skin. In fact, linen is widely accepted as the most thermoregulating fabric on the market, making it a perfect staple for all seasons.

What’s the best fabric to wear with linen for winter?

Linen complements natural fabrics like cotton and wool perfectly.  The textural combinations will elevate your look while also helping you to take on the worst of the winter weather.

Wearing linen with different natural fabrics and textures allows for limitless options to mix and match and, because of its temperature-regulating properties, you know you’ll feel cozy while looking stylish. Linen has been around for centuries and is as on trend as ever.  From linen shirts with cotton tees to linen pants with merino knitwear, your outfit will stand the test of time. 

Wearing linen during winter: Mens and womens winter outfits

During winter, it’s a given that you’ll need layers to keep you warm. We recommend incorporating linen into your layered outfits - you might be surprised by how many unique combinations you can create with linen in your life.

Layering linen shirts for men

Linen shirts are a great addition to your layering game. It may look plain at first sight, but when combined with other textures and fabrics, it transforms your outfit into a clean and crisp look. 

We’ve picked out two of our favourite winter linen shirt combinations for men. These outfits are great for casual wear but can also see you through a day at the office too.

We recommend layering the Hampton Linen Shirt in green with a plain t-shirt underneath. This combination is light enough that you can choose to layer a jacket or merino crew over the top. Alternatively, another perfect colour block alternative is the Hampton Linen Shirt in blue layered over the Roth Tee. Finish the outfit with our best-selling Cooper Chino.


Looking for a warmer alternative? You can switch the top layer into a thicker knit like the Academy Le Mans 1/2 Zip Knit and put the linen shirt as your inside layer. Show off a bit of contrast with a patterned shirt or go for a classic block colour contrast - the Coney Linen Shirt is a great choice with its fresh vertical stripes. For the bottom, the Hudson Straight Chino will give you a refined straight-leg silhouette for a classy fit and polished look.


To match or to mismatch?

Linen is a versatile fabric, so you can experiment with your winter looks or play it safe with matching sets, texture and colours. 

Going for matching sets lessens the time to come up with outfits, especially when you’re on the go. However, with a mismatched ensemble, your imagination can run wild and create countless new looks. 

It’s no secret that we love a linen shirt and pants combination - easy to pair and effortlessly stylish! With the Hampton Linen Shirt and Riviera Linen Pant you can create matching or mismatching sets that are perfect for those lazy winter days. 

Try wearing them in the same colour for a matching set. We recommend starting with white and adding a pop of colour with the Malibu Cardi to complete your look. 

If you're looking for a mismatched variation, go for the same items in contrasting colours. We suggest the Hampton Shirt in oatmeal and Riviera Pant in Black. Then, add our Malibu Knit Vest and you’re set for the office, hanging out with friends or just looking ultra stylish at home.

Always in season

Linen transcends seasons. It is an ideal choice for building a versatile capsule wardrobe that can transition seamlessly from one season to the next. Easily create natural, crisp and all-year-round outfits that make you look and feel your best.

Start building your wintertime (or all year round) wardrobe with Academy Brand’s premium linen picks and discover why it’s one of our best-selling signature fabrics!


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