These stylish shirts will get you noticed this summer

Whether you're heading to the beach, or staying in the city, these are the light, bright shirts to see you through summer

If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a thousand times: while we all love the heat and haze of summer, it’s the toughest season for a modern man’s wardrobe. Style goes out of the widely-opened window, and we spend most days sweating it over sweating. But there are certain garments that can help you keep your cool — and the best of these is the humble, lightweight shirt.

And shirts are versatile. As temperatures rise, our necklines fall — as we master the art of tactical unbuttoning. We tuck them back in for evening dinners — and even pop the collars when our necks begin to prickle with sunburn. Shirts can do it all; the most multipurpose mainstays of our summer wardrobes.

But there’s also an issue of style. Practicality may be all well and good — but you should try to make a splash with your choice of summer shirt. Here, we’ve rounded up the best options to turn heads this summer; statement, signature shirts perfect for a heatwave…

Go for a bright — but light — shirt

Making a statement is important, but your first concern should be choice of fabric. Bearing this in mind, linen is the only material that makes sense this summer. At once lightweight and resilient, linen is the undisputed, breathable king of your summer wardrobe, and fares no better than when stitched into your shirting. Lock in linen — and then opt for bright, bold colours.

From shirtmaker Emma Willis comes this extraordinary blue hue — ‘Kingfisher’. Cut for effortlessly elegant summer style, it’s the azure colour of those Aegean, Caribbean or Mediterranean waters we’re all longing to dive headlong into. A little like Turnbull & Asser’s offering; soft of colour and touch — and in a lazy, cloudless sky blue. Or, for a sunnier look, turn to New & Lingwood, and this lemon-yellow, tailored-fit classic.

These stylish shirts will get you noticed this summer

Emma Willis Kingfisher Blue Shirt

£240

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These stylish shirts will get you noticed this summer

New & Lingwood Classic Linen Shirt

£145

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These stylish shirts will get you noticed this summer

Turnbull & Asser Linen Shirt

£250

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Short sleeves and stripes make for summer staples

Maybe it’s because we spend so much time by the sea during the summer months, or perhaps it’s because the smallest, shortest sleeves ensure the least chance of overheating. Whatever the reason, the short sleeved, striped shirt has become a staple of any modern man’s summer wardrobe — thanks to its nautical styling and  relaxed Cuban collar.

There are plenty of options out there, with Orlebar Brown’s Connery-approved ‘Thunderball’ design perhaps the best take on the traditional look. But there are plenty more short-sleeved shirts worth buttoning up — from Frescobol Carioca’s linen offering in a subtle pink shade to this Sir Plus shirt, with cream stripes and corozo nut buttons. 

These stylish shirts will get you noticed this summer

Orlebar Brown ‘Thunderball’ Stripe Shirt

£195

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These stylish shirts will get you noticed this summer

Frescobol Carioca ‘Leblon’ Stripe Shirt

£195

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These stylish shirts will get you noticed this summer

Sir Plus Striped Cuban Shirt

£110

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Keep it tight with a subtle print

Stripes may be unbeatable by the sea — but nothing signals a hot, heavy summertime like a tight, artistic print. Whether its a motif local to a far-flung destination or an abstract spin on a classic design, these softly patterned shirts will turn heads and start conversations in equal, sun-soaked measure this summer.

Firstly, Sunspel’s camp collar shirt is crafted from lightweight cotton — and adorned with a travel-ready ‘Ikat’ pattern. Oliver Spencer’s ‘Havana’ design is as laidback as the Cuban city from which it takes its name; woven from organic waffle-knit cotton and decorated with tight green checks. Or, for something a little louder, why not look to LOVE BRAND & Co, whose natural navy print riffs on the shape of banana leaves.

These stylish shirts will get you noticed this summer

Sunspel Printed Camp Collar Shirt

£145

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These stylish shirts will get you noticed this summer

Oliver Spencer Havana Short Sleeve Shirt

£89

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These stylish shirts will get you noticed this summer

LOVE BRAND & Co. ‘Arawak’ Linen Shirt

£130

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Prefer a polo? Sunspel’s Riviera Polo Shirts will be your seasonal wardrobe staples this summer…

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