If we’ve said it once, we’ll say it a thousand times: while we all love summer, it’s the toughest season for a man’s wardrobe. Style goes out of the widely-opened window, and we sweat over sweating day-in-day-out. But there are certain garments that can help you keep your cool — and the best of these is the humble shirt.
"While we all love summer, it’s the toughest season for a man’s wardrobe..."
As the mercury rises, your neckline will fall, with tactical unbuttoning taking up much of your day. Your shirts will be open on the beach, tucked in for dinner and popped of collar when your neck starts to prickle with sunburn. They are multipurpose, versatile and the key to maintaining a comfortable temperature.
Of course, there’s the issue of style, but with so many top quality gentleman’s outfitters out there, it’s not hard to find the perfect summer shirt. Here’s our picks of the best shirts to turn heads this summer…
Go for a bright — but light — shirt
Making a statement is important, but your first concern should be material. With this in mind, linen is the only fabric that makes sense this summer. At once lightweight and resilient, it is the king of your summer wardrobe, and no more at home than in your shirting. When you’ve got that locked in, you can go a little wild with colour.
Emma Willis Kingfisher Linen Shirt
Turnbull & Asser Orange Linen Shirt
New & Lingwood Turquoise Anderson Linen Shirt
From shirtmaker Emma Willis comes this extraordinary hue — Kingfisher. Cut for effortlessly elegant summer style, it’s the colour of the water you wish you were diving into. A little like New & Lingwood’s offering, which offers another shade of tropical ocean turquoise to the sartorial mix. Or, if you fancy something slightly more subtle, this orange linen shirt from Turnbull & Asser is bold without being brash.
Short sleeves and stripes are a summer staple
Maybe it’s the fact we spend so much time by the sea in summer, or maybe it’s because we want the smallest, shortest sleeves possible to stay comfortable in the heat. Whatever the reason, the short sleeved stripy shirt has become a staple of the summer wardrobe, with its nautical styling and Cuban collar.
Dunhill Camp-Collar Striped Shirt
Orlebar Brown Travis Resort Shirt
Frescobol Carioca Classic Linen Shirt
There are plenty of options out there, but our favourites are Dunhill’s Cuban-collared option with the vertical stripes and faded indigo, a multi-striped cotton shirt from Orlebar Brown and a lighter linen example from the inimitable Frescobol Carioca.
Keep it tight with a subtle print
Patterns are all well and good, but can you beat a print? There’re a couple of examples out there this year that have caught our eye, and we’re keen to share them with you.
Oliver Spencer Ebley Checked Shirt
Bluemint Mars Printed Osaka Shirt
Bluemint Mars Printed Neutral Splash
Firstly, Oliver Spencer have struck again with this Ebley print, which keeps the patterning subtle but interesting. Similarly, Blue Mint’s Osaka print of a deep yellow on a lighter hue of the same colour is a great way to keep the sun shining all summer. And, because we can’t be subtle all the time, the brand’s questionably named ‘Neutral Splash’ — a cacophony of leaves that might be the best beach bar uniform we’ve ever clapped our eyes on.
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