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All Hail the King of Merino Wool, Joe Merino

Joe Merino

The warmer months are almost here, which means a transitional wardrobe is becoming a necessity. Sure, that involves plenty of layering but it also means paying attention to the kinds of materials you’re wearing. The less predictable the climate – and the British weather is anything but predictable – the more importance temperature regulation becomes. And there are few better textiles in that regard than Merino Wool.

Sure, like most wools, Merino is warm and comfortable, but in the heat it works to transport sweat away from the body, both cooling and helping the… olfactory issues that might otherwise arise. When you have no idea what the weather’s going to do, there are few choices that you can trust in more.

Joe Merino Joe Woven Shirt Stripe Jeans in Blue
Joe Merino Joe Woven Shirt Houndstooth in Light Blue

Joe Merino Joe Woven Shirt Stripe Jeans in Blue / Joe Merino Joe Woven Shirt Houndstooth in Light Blue, €130

Most of us likely have a Merino wool jumper somewhere in our wardrobe, they’re a men’s style staple and perfect for the kind of layering necessary for the season. But thanks to the aptly-named Joe Merino, you can go one step further and opt for a 100 superfine Merino Wool shirt, too.

Merino Wool is most effective when right against your skin, and as offices start to look less like bureaucratic graveyards where accountants go to die, it’s worth upgrading your old under-suit go-to with something far more practical, comfortable and breathable. You wouldn’t want to get hot under the collar, so to speak. Just as importantly (for those of us averse to an ironing board), woven shirts are practically wrinkle free, so you’ll look fresh even if you’re not.

Joe Merino Joe Woven Shirt Navy Blue

Joe Merino Joe Woven Shirt Navy Blue, €130

Hey, we don’t judge. We’re still dreaming of the days where PJs were acceptable work attire.

Of course, practicality’s one thing; style is often another and, honestly, we’d prefer to look good than feel good most days. That’s not a choice we have to make here. The selection of Joe Merino shirts isn’t infinite, but it’s pretty substantial, especially when it comes to the kind of piece you’ll be wearing more formally.

There’s the dark end of the rainbow, with grey, navy and a cool military hue dubbed Army Classic; then there’s bright stripes in red and khaki – not to mention every variation of a blue shirt under the sun.

Joe Merino Joe Woven Shirt Stripe Red
Joe Merino Joe Woven Shirt Light Blue

Joe Merino Joe Woven Shirt Stripe Red / Joe Merino Joe Woven Shirt Light Blue, €130

The only downside perhaps to using Merino wool in a shirt is that it’s not naturally as stiff and formal as you might want. But Joe Merino’s thought of that too. There’s a subtle button that keeps it looking fresh and starched, despite being wonderfully soft.

Yes, there’s something unusual about a woven shirt, let along one made from a material as gloriously soft and sumptuous as 100 superfine Merino wool. But unusual is never a bad thing, especially as, while everyone else is still getting used to the stifling shirts of yore (i.e. 2019), you’ll just be collar and cuffs away from your new favourite super soft pullover.

Pair With: Joe Merino V-Neck Jumper, €97

The perfect shirt deserves the perfect pullover and Joe Merino’s are just that. A plain, classic v-neck in extra fine Merino wool is always a wardrobe necessity and with a huge range of colours available, you’ll find one to match whichever equally comfortable shirt you eventually decide on.

More details at Joe Merino.

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