We’re rapidly approaching summer, and we need to get a few pieces to round out our wardrobe.  While you are planning your escape to that tropical island, or a beach wedding, or yachting through the Greek Isles, don’t forget to pack your linen pants.  They are dressed up enough to hit the nicest restaurant on Lake Como, and relaxed enough to roll around in the sand with your new French girlfriend in Biarritz.

Looks like someone shares our affinity for linen pants.

Most basic linens are drawstring in a very neutral color.  You really can’t go wrong with that.  I would shy away from pleats, or at least keep them to a single, to stay true to the simple nature of the pant.  I’ve owned royal blue linens, courtesy of Ralph Lauren Purple Label, that were pretty bold if I do say so myself.  I still have a pair in black by Calvin Klein that I have had for more than a few seasons.  The faded shades of blue and even green can be a nice little departure from the norm.  I always like white, they just seem crisp and clean.  Invest well and take care of them, the style is timeless and they will last.  Pair them with a linen shirt, a loose v-neck t-shirt, a summer weight sweater, or collared shirt, and then just wait for the lovely ladies to start flocking.  Bring it on, summer, we’re ready!


Richard has been in the Essential Style for Men mix since its inception in 2009. When he isn’t busy serving as the ESM’s Director of Fashion & Style, you may find him on the beach playing volleyball, or working hard in Thailand shooting with a beautiful Brazilian supermodel.