Cotton v's wool v's linen in summer

The Shooman

A Pretty Face
When it comes to wool v's cotton socks the difference is like night and day. Wool keeps the feet fresh and dry where-as cotton doesn't do near as good a job. When it comes to wearing cotton v's cashmere polos the difference is even bigger; a cotton polo can only be worn once before it needs washing where-as a cashmere polo can be worn numerous times and still feel and smell fresh.

Cotton and Linen trousers in summer
Cotton is not as fresh at the end of the day.
Linen is better, but it is still not fresh at the end of a hot day.

Are tropical weight wool trousers better to wear in summer instead of linen? ie, do they look better at the end of day, and are they fresher?

I am thinking about wearing light weight wool trousers in Summer, but will they be too warm?
What are people's experiences with wool v's cotton v's linen?

This topic has not been covered on any of the forums properly, so hopefully we can add some valuable content here.


Member in Good Standing
Tropical wool and frescos are very light and cool. Not as soft as a nice winter flannel, but not a bad trade-off. Best of all it doesn’t wrinkle too badly while still holding a crease.

Wiser people than me on this forum steered me away from pure linen to linen-cotton blends (30-50% cotton) for the best combination of staying cool without wrinkling up like an old fish and chip wrapper.


OG Party Suit Wearer
The openness of the weave and looseness, eg wide, of trousers is more important than material. Well with obvious exceptions. I like the look of linen, always looks dressy but casual. But I have some McNutt linen trousers that are almost as thick as tweed.

Summer or Tropical wool works well. I’m told a good fresco or crispAire is great but I don’t need that smooth look.

Summer here is hot. Very hot. Why pretend otherwise. Thin loose linen or cotton. No jacket. I don’t own shorts.

Im surprised how cool (ish) some standard cotton OCBD s are. Linen ones even better. I’ve just in the last year or so gotten a thing for proper loose half sleeved shirts with square bottoms to hang untucked. Hard to find. I don’t like those short sleeved shirts, rather roll up a long sleeve.

Rayon Hawaiian or Party shirts are good.

The Shooman

A Pretty Face
I was talking to a bloke who has worn linen, cotton and tropical weight wool trousers during summer. He told me that the wool is breezy and really comfortable in summer and the best of all the options, but it gets wrinkled and messy easily and wears quickly.

Mate, that's half the point of the summer look.
Linen is nice to have, but l like a clean trouser with a nice dress shoe. I like to choose a 12 oz cotton in summer so it drapes well.


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Quality linen is absolutely beautiful, cut the pants with plenty of room. Wonderfully degage.

Cotton is tight and doesn't 'give'. Cut loose like linen even though it will never be as cool.

Tropical wool is OK but can become a bit clingy around the balls on very hot days.

Fresco is good but has a rough handle...

Crispaire is H&S version of Fresco but has a smoother handle.

Summer for me is Linen all....the...fucking...way......................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Shooman

A Pretty Face
Yep, quality linen is a real treat. You also make a good point about a cutting the trousers with plenty of room, but that is how l have my trousers cut anyway. I have a few great pairs of linen trousers that no longer fit me, and l miss them a lot during summer. I wouldn't mind stocking up again on linen trousers and shirts for those hottest days.

You are right about cotton trousers, they don't have any give and aren't as nice to wear on the hottest days. It's a compromise.

Thanks Formby.
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