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 — the best of which being the humble shirt.
"While we all love summer, it’s the toughest season for a man’s wardrobe..."
As the mercury rises, your neckline can fall, with tactical unbuttoning taking place throughout the day. You can wear it open on the beach, tucked in for dinner and with a popped collar when you neck starts to burn. And it can do all this whilst 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 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.
Mr P Striped Linen Shirt
Freeman’s Sporting Club Cotton Shirt
Orlebar Brown Terry Cotton Shirt
There are plenty of options out there, but our favourites are Mr P.’s linen blend option with the vertical stripes and faded indigo, a tighter-striped cotton shirt from Freeman’s Sporting Club and a darker terry towelling example from the inimitable Orlebar Brown.
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.
Mr P. Camp-Collar Printed Shirt
Bluemint Mars Printed Osaka Shirt
Bluemint Mars Printed Neutral Splash
Firstly, Mr P. have struck again with this interesting arrow and medallion print on a faded red, which keeps revealing more of its print every time you look at it. 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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