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The Obtainer

June 24th Edition

Cory Ohlendorf

Is it hot enough for you? Just kidding. In an effort to cool us all down, we’re exploring the wonders of linen today.

- Cory Ohlendorf, Editor in Chief ⋯ @coryohlendorf


Buying Guide

The Coolest Shirt You Can Wear Right Now

It’s so fickle and feared, you'd think that linen garments come with some kind of warning from the Surgeon General. We understand the fuss and confusion. On one hand, linen is supposed to be casual and cool, but the textural fabric is known to wrinkle easily and often, guys aren't sure if they're supposed to be crisp and clean or crinkled and cool. But when you look back, to guys like Alain Delone in Purple Noon or even the recent past like Succession's antihero Tom Wambsgans, you'll see that linen was never pristine.

It's that perfectly imperfect vibe that makes it so good. Linen is the undisputed king of warm weather materials—light and airy, its texture simply can't be beat when it comes to dressing for the sweltering days of summer. You see, when linen fibers get hot, they expand slightly, allowing for more airflow between you and your shirt. The texture also keeps it from clinging to sweaty skin while the fibers tend to dry out much quicker than standard cotton—providing a less swampy experience, even in the most humid conditions. This is why linen has been relied on for literally thousands of years. And bonus: If cared for properly, the fabric only gets softer and better looking with age.

Sure, your linen will wrinkle as you wear it. But, we don't see that as a problem. Especially in the relaxed ease of summer style, we'd say the wrinkles add to linen's charm. And now, more than ever, the material offerings are nothing if not expansive. Short sleeve, long sleeve, camp collar or button-down: There are new, modern takes that will help you beat the heat in fully ventilated style. Beyond its seasonal practicality, linen reigns supreme because of its versatility. A linen shirt can spice up any pair of trousers, or even a lightweight suit, especially if it adds a pop of color or a funky collar. Toss one on over a tank top or tee, wear it solo and roll up the sleeves.

Of course, you can revive some '80s style by pairing your linen with a pair of short-shorts and some classic canvas kicks or embrace the '90s with some relaxed, pleated shorts. Size up the shirt for a relaxed fit, with the added benefit of an even breezier feel. Our selections run the gamut from dressy to beachy and everything in between. Take your pick and then take it easy.

Our Picks

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Gitman’s retro shirt is crafted by running their proprietary cotton/linen blend through a dobby loom, a technique that dates back to the 1840s.

Linen dobby shirt,
$265 by Gitman Vintage

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Who says you can’t embrace rugged workwear in the summertime? This reimagined workshirt is light and airy.

Linen work shirt,
$98 by Madewell

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The proportions on this cropped shirt make it really stand out, from the oversized buttons to a generous chest pocket.

Milford loose linen shirt,
$295 by Oliver Spencer

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With a clear BODE-esque stitching, this affordable shirt has a relaxed silhouette and an easy resort-style camp collar.

Linen blend shirt,
$70 / $54.99 by Abercrombie & Fitch

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If I was going to experiment with a self-tanner (mostly for my face), which is the most natural-looking and won't rub orange sh#t off onto my clothes or bed sheets?

- Adam

You're a man who knows what he's looking for and I can respect that. And I've got good news for you, sir. This lightweight foam has no "guide color", which means it goes on without any bronzer-like color. You just rub in the foam and let it dry (admittedly, this takes a few minutes), but then you're good to go to sleep or get dressed. A natural warm, golden glow appears a few hours later. Enriched with natural argan oil, the coconut-scented foam is hydrating and produces a realistic and streak-free golden tan that works from head to toe. It's also fairly affordable. If you're willing to spend a little more, Tan-Luxe's rejuvenating face drops offer all the benefits of a skin-saving serum with a sunless tanner. You can also control how dark you want to get by the number of drops you add to your everyday moisturizer.

Liquid Gold tanning foam, $26 / $23.40 by Bondi Sands

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5 Stylish Items to Buy This Week

Noah keeps killing these collaborations. The brand just refreshed their partnership with Puma and the standout for Summer 2024 has to be the Canvas Star sneakers ($110). Initially designed as a tennis sneaker and proudly launched at Wimbledon in the 1970s, it was never officially released in the U.S. Now, this refreshed take offers a simple alternative to the more ubiquitous white summer sneakers we see everywhere.

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Smart Buys

The sales and discounts our team is currently watching.

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Abercrombie’s in-house athletic line, YPB, is currently marked down to 25% off. So we’d suggest picking up these breezy nylon shorts—good for workouts or just weekend hangs.

$60 / $45
by YPB


A keyhole bridge and classic silhouette add some stylish retro energy to a minimalist pair of shades. Already affordable, now these Le Specs are even easier to buy.

$65 / $52
by Le Specs


James Bond’s go-to brand of British-made polos is having a sale, so now is the time to pick up a quality-made shirt like this knit style on markdown.

$325 / $195
by Sunspel


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