Hemp blends are becoming more prevalent in men’s shirting. Like with linen, hemp does not require chemicals for growth or processing, but it’s the strength — and lack of stretch — of the fiber, that makes it most interesting.
Hemp cannot be woven into fabric on looms that only produce cotton fabric due to the natural stretch inherent in cotton, but it can be woven on looms designed to handle the rugged characteristics of linen. Because of this, many brands are incorporating more hemp into their clothing lines. From a materials standpoint, the switch is a major upgrade. Hemp is hypoallergenic and environmentally friendly. The plant is resistant to pests, requires little water and has a very short growth cycle. In fact, it’s so easy to grow that it doesn’t even have an organic certification process.
The brands utilizing hemp range from the sustainably minded (e.g. Patagonia, Outerknown) to the luxury-inclined (e.g. Saint Laurent). As with linen shirts, these garments blend hemp with another fiber (usually organic cotton) to add softness and keep prices low. As more consumers buy hemp, the fiber will become more readily available, meaning it’ll become more affordable, too. For now, though, shirts cut from hemp blends are a solid alternative to traditional summer linen-wear. They’re lightweight, breathable and fit for any casual setting the warmer months have in store.
Gramicci Rincon Shirt
Cut from a hemp and recycled polyester blend, this short sleeved shirt has a small percentage of spandex for comfort. The design features two chest pockets, contrast twill tape on the inner placket and a spread collar.
Duluth Trading Co. Hemp F.O.M Short Sleeve Shirt
This lightweight shirt is made from a 5.3-ounce blend that includes hemp and organic cotton. It features easy-moving armpit gussets, two shoulder pleats, a button-down collar and two chest pockets.
United by Blue Mountain Print Button-Down Shirt
This shirt has a subtle mountain print on a lightweight hemp-recycled poly blend. The design features a single chest pocket, a button-down collar and a box pleat on the back.
Patagonia Back Step Shirt
Made from an incredibly lightweight four-ounce hemp-organic cotton blend, this shirt features two chest pockets, a shirttail hem with side vents and coconut buttons.
Outerknown Beachcomber S/S Shirt
This breathable shirt is made from a very soft hemp-Tencel Lyocell chambray. The design includes a French placket, a chest pocket and a rounded bottom hemp with a button at the side seam scallop.
Orvis Hemp/Tencel Short-Sleeved Shirt
This lightweight shirt is cut from a hemp-Tencel blend and features a single chest pocket, a straight hem and subtle side vents. It’s available in five solid colors and comes in sizes S through XXL.
Taylor Stitch The California Shirt
Made from a five-ounce hemp-organic cotton blend, this shirt features durable double-needle construction throughout. The design includes two chest pockets, cats eye urea buttons and a tailored fit.
Naked and Famous Faded Plaid Shirt
Utilizing a Japanese hemp-cotton blend, this plaid shirt is made in Canada. It features a single chest pocket, barrel cuffs and a button-down collar.
Saint Laurent Checked Flannel Shirt
Made in Italy, this flannel shirt is cut from a cotton-hemp blend. It features a spread collar, two chest pockets and a regular fit.