Hot Under The Collar: The Summer Shirts All Men Should Own


Many mistook the resurgence of the Cuban collar for a fleeting fashion trend when it first made its way back into the public consciousness a few years back. Nevertheless, this chilled-out shirt has cemented its summer staple reputation thanks to a laid-back appearance and casual versatility. The perfect option for holidays, afternoons in the park or evenings in the beer garden, this retro-tinged short-sleeved wonder has all bases covered. Wear it with straight-leg trousers and minimalist sneakers, or chino shorts and sandals when the temperature commands it.

Menswear’s appetite for texture can be tricky to satisfy during the warmer half of the year, but not if you embrace linen. This misunderstood material often gets a bad reputation for creasing and for its unfortunate ageing hippy connotations. However, style it right and it’ll make a valuable ally all through the summer months and beyond.

For the most part, linen shirts work best worn casually. Try teaming one with chino shorts and loafers, with the sleeves loosely cuffed. That’s not to say they can’t be worn with tailoring. Combine with suit separates, tortoiseshell shades and desert boots for a relaxed take on summer wedding attire.

Sometimes a simple T-shirt just isn’t enough but a shirt is too much. For these occasions, a well-fitting polo shirt should be your first port of call. Of course, there are plenty of colours to choose from, and while neutrals will always be a safe bet, if you really want to boost your summer style credentials then pastels are the only way to go.

Ice cream shades epitomise Riviera dressing and the polo shirt offers the perfect vessel for introducing a touch of Mediterranean sophistication to your wardrobe. For optimal results, use it as a statement piece, set against a backdrop of subtle, earthy colours – a lemon polo with dark green shorts, for example, or a dusty pink design with navy shorts. Tie it together with some white canvas sneakers and you’re good to go.

Plain Cuban-collar shirts make excellent, versatile additions to any summer shirting selection. However, if you want to make a statement while channelling your inner Magnum P.I., an eye-catching printed version is the only way to go.

A vibrant shirt offers a great way of spicing up even the most pedestrian of summer outfits. Just ensure everything else is stripped back so as not to be competing for attention. Beach prints, botanicals and vertical stripes are particularly big this season – try teaming one with cuffed navy chinos and suede espadrilles for holiday evenings at beachside bars.

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