How to Style Linen Camp Shirts | RES IPSA - RES IPSA

How to Style Linen Camp Shirts | RES IPSA

New York, New York — Spring is in full force and the warm weather is here to stay. With summer just a month away, we are rotating our wardrobes to sport our favorite seasonal pieces: camp shirts. And specifically, we want to talk about one fabric in this blog: linen. Our ideal spring and summer shirt is the linen camp shirt. 

Linen camp shirts are a versatile staple in any man's wardrobe, offering both comfort and style. Whether you're heading to a casual outing with friends or a beachside soiree, these shirts exude a laid-back charm that effortlessly elevates your look. But mastering the art of styling linen camp shirts requires a keen eye for fashion and an understanding of how to balance comfort with sophistication. In this guide, we'll explore some tips and tricks to help you wear linen camp shirts with confidence.

Table of Contents
I. Brief Background on Camp Shirts
II. Choosing the Right Fit
Playing with Colors and Patterns
IV. Layering Strategically
V. Accessorizing Thoughtfully
VI. Experimenting with Styling  


Brief Background on Camp Shirts

The modern camp shirt style is inspired from the 19th century Cuban 'Guayabera', a relaxed work shirt with a loose fitting collar worn by farmers to keep cool in warm conditions. At the time Cuban immigrants introduced the camp shirt in New York and Miami in the 1950's, the style was so unlike others worn by Americans.

Today, camp shirts come in all different colors, fabrics, and patterns. Almost every American man and woman has a camp shirt in their closest. How did America transform from just a t-shirt or oxford style shirt to the camp style? Read the history of the camp shirt on our journal.  

Choosing the Right Fit

When it comes to linen camp shirts, fit is key. Opt for a shirt that skims your body without being too tight or too loose. To put simply, as Lexi, our NYC Store Manager always says, "If it fits you, it's for you."

The ideal fit should allow for ease of movement while still maintaining a polished silhouette. Avoid shirts that are overly baggy or boxy, as they can appear sloppy rather than stylish.

Playing with Colors and Patterns

Linen camp shirts come in a variety of colors and patterns, so don't be afraid to experiment — we prefer to be unconventional.

Classic neutral tones like white, beige, and navy blue are timeless options that pair well with almost anything. If you're feeling more adventurous, consider opting for a shirt with a bold pattern, like our Linen Camp Shirt with Crochet Embroidery.

Our linen camp shirts are made by hand from premium lightweight linen. Each shirt features crochet embroidery hand sewn at our atelier from crocheted yarn that was pieced together by our co-op of women on the outskirts of Marrakech. 

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Layering Strategically

Linen camp shirts are perfect for layering, especially during transitional seasons. For a casual look, layer your shirt over a plain white or striped t-shirt and pair it with chinos or light wash denim jeans—like our repurposed 501 Denim.

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During cooler weather, throw on a lightweight jacket or sweater for added warmth and style.

Accessorizing Thoughtfully

Accessories can take your linen camp shirt ensemble to the next level. Consider adding a beaded leather belt (IYKYK), a watch, a pair of sunglasses, or a Beaver Hat to complete your look. Just remember to keep it simple and avoid over-accessorizing, as the goal is to enhance your outfit rather than overshadow it.

Experimenting with Styling

Don't be afraid to think outside the box when styling your linen camp shirt. Try rolling up the sleeves for a more casual vibe or knotting the hem for a trendy twist. You can also experiment with different ways of buttoning the shirt, whether it's fully buttoned up for a polished look or partially unbuttoned for a more relaxed feel.

In conclusion, the linen camp shirt is a timeless staple that will keep you feeling breezy, comfortable, and stylish. And just remember, everything is about how you wear it, not what it is you are wearing. To be effortlessly cool requires the right amount of attention to detail and confidence. Let your fit speak for itself. 


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