It’s hard to imagine a menswear wardrobe without a short sleeve shirt. While some struggle to shake its connotations to computer scientists and engineers in the 80s’, it’s actually a key part of many summer looks, and it should be in every man’s closet. Today the short sleeve shirt has taken a stylish turn touching base with its tennis roots. With that in mind, we have curated a list of our favourite must-have summer short sleeve shirts and how to style them.

 

Elegantly Simple

When in doubt, keep it simple. Every respectable summer wardrobe should contain at least one elegant short sleeve shirt in a clean block colour. When the sun shines, it’s a versatile and timeless piece you need to have in your arsenal. The PS Paul Smith Zebra Badge Organic Casual Fit Short Sleeve Shirt in Pink is the perfect option for a smart casual look that you can return to time and time again. Elegant yet simple this short sleeve option can be enhanced by some textured tailored shorts like our favourites from BOSS. Dress up with a pair of smart loafers or keep it more casual with a fresh and clean pair of white trainers.

 

Reclaim Retro

The resurgence of retro see’s the revere collar short sleeve shirt as a must-have piece for the modern man’s summer shirting rotation. While presenting a relaxed, yet sharp look, it offers something a little different from the traditional collar. The Fred Perry Pique Textured Revere Collar Shirt in Sage Green boast a timeless warm-weather style. In keeping with a retro look paired with some cargo shorts like these from Calvin Klein and a pair of retro kicks from Adidas Originals, you’ll exude effortless style all summer long.

 

Powerful Prints

Let your print take centre stage; a statement short sleeve shirt may be a man’s best friend or worst enemy when it comes to stying. A powerful print can make you the summer envy of all your pals if done appropriately. Think toned down with a focus on subtle colours, modest details, and minimal branding elsewhere in the outfit to avoid overwhelming the eye. Infused with a striking signature print, the Pretty Green Campbell Paisley Short Sleeve Shirt creates a stylish summer look when paired with earth-toned shorts from Nudie Jeans Co, designer sunglasses, and Birkenstock sandals.

 

Scandi Summer

Pared-back Scandinavian style has remained steadfast and a minimalist short sleeve shirt is essential to create a laid-back and versatile aesthetic that will work anywhere. Use similar understated pieces or you can treat it like a canvas and add more striking textures, colours, and patterns to enhance your look. For a beautifully subtle summer look, the Norse Projects Gustav Tab Series Organic Short Sleeve Shirt in Utility Khaki serves as the perfect canvas when worn over a new season t-shirt and matched with the coordinating Norse Projects Evald Twill Trousers.

 

Check ‘Mate”

Similar to how checkmating your opponent in chess wins you the game, wearing a check short sleeve shirt ensures you win summer styling. This timeless pattern can provide a focal point to an outfit without going overboard and much like a statement shirt, checks should be worn with understated pieces. For a classic summer look, the Barbour Croft Summer Short Sleeve Shirt is the ultimate check option. Truly versatile for dressing up or for everyday wear that can take you from day to night when paired with some classic chinos and your favourite summer footwear.

 

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