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Our favourite short-sleeved shirts for every summer setting

Our favourite short-sleeved shirts for every summer setting

The feeling of throwing on a short-sleeved shirt is akin to rolling the windows all the way down. It comes with all the cool, carefree vibes you come to expect from summer. And because short-sleeved shirts are incredibly versatile, you’ll find reason after reason to wear different styles all season. From a modern take on the aloha shirt to a work-ready shirt that nails a smart casual feel, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite shirts for every summer setting. Oh, and your afternoon lying in the sun? We’ve got a shirt for that too. 

At the BBQ

We feel the same way about short-sleeved shirts as we do about BBQs: you can never have too many. An outdoor get-together always brings the fun, so why not do the same with the shirt you wear to it? A tropical print shirt might seem like a cliché, but there are brands that are reimagining them with a fresh spin. Take Percival, for instance. The pattern on this shirt is screen-printed with a view by acclaimed Japanese artist Hokusai, giving it a retro vibe that’s further underscored by the camp collar. Prepare to be best dressed in it at the BBQ.

Relaxing in your back garden

A day of lounging outside calls for comfort, and that’s where a linen-blend shirt comes in strong. This one from Abercombie is breathable, so you’ll keep cool even in the sweltering heat, and it can be worn unbuttoned over a vest or tee for a laid-back feel. If you want to push the boat out a little – without going too bold – opt for a pastel shade, like a light pink. 

On a night out

Sometimes the key to looking your most stylish is keeping your outfit simple. Case in point: this minimalist cotton-linen shirt with a ‘50s-style collar. It’ll look great with loose-fitting smart trousers and loafers during a dinner out, or with linen trousers and sandals for a visit to your favourite beer garden. Plus, the breathable fabric will see you throw the sunnier parts of the day too. 

From nine to five 

If like us, you’re still working from home, look to a printed shirt as an opportunity to invite colour and pattern into your video conference calls – we all know they could use plenty of that. Even if your work-from-home dress code tilts in a smarter direction, you can still have some fun where the pattern is concerned. Red gingham is an easy access point. The red brings some boldness, while the gingham brings familiarity. Wear it with chinos or shorts and a pair of boat shoes for a look that will take you from work to your post-work walk in style.

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Words: Allison Pavlick