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Get The Perfect Shirt For The Summer

19th June 2013 | Posted in Mens
The Summer sun brings laid back, relaxed and effortless style with it, so how do you maintain a look that keeps you cool but stays on key with a suave sun lover? Don't forget the roll of the long sleeve shirt when you're putting together Summer looks. Just because they have longer sleeves than a traditional short sleeve Summer shirt, they will still keep you cool when the temperatures start to rise, and always give you the option to wear it with a rolled sleeve. Take a look at our selection of the best shirts at, whether they are printed, floral, classically plain or feature checks and stripes:

Classic stripes

Nothing says old school prep like a well dressed stripe shirt. Whether an Oxford or a light poplin, linking stripes with coloured chinos will give you a good start in evening Summer style. For the ultimate in preppy style, chuck on a clean cut piece of knitwear, or a slim cut blazer when the sun goes down. Left: Looking for a smarter evening look? Try this Ted Baker Johann shirt on for size. With a wedge collar, it's perfect for wearing with a tie should the occasion call, or wearing open for a more casual look. Centre: An Oxford shirt always gives great options thanks to its ability to be worn casually or with a smarter option. This striped edition by Lyle & Scott is no exception. We'd opt to wear this more casually due to the vintage eagle logo on the pocket- simply roll the sleeves and wear it in a relaxed style. Right Similar to the Lyle & Scott edition next to it, this striped Oxford shirt by Plectrum by Ben Sherman gives you the choice of wearing it a lot smarter thanks to its cleaner finish and darker stripe.

Prints and florals

A little trickier to mix and match than a classic look, printed and floral shirts work best with simple, plain bottoms, like dark indigo jeans and chino shorts. Colour coordinate between the two for a well thought out look, but avoid layering or accessorising, these shirts do plenty all by themselves. Left: Hawaiian prints have quickly made the transition from the beach to the high street, and nothing could be more on trend than this Franklin & Marshall Ellis shirt. Finished with a short sleeve, it's the perfect day time holiday shirt. Centre: Fancy a long sleeve shirt with some floral details? Look no further than this flowery number by Hackett. For the guy whose willing to stand out from the crowd, try this with a pair of tapered navy chinos for a smart look with a lot of fun. Right: This year, no Summer wardrobe is complete without a heavy dose of camouflage. Get your fill from this camo shirt by Anerkjendt, perfect for giving some serious style to your casual look.

Classic checks

Sometimes you just can't beat a blast from the past, and there is a certain elegance that comes with all check shirts. Much like a classic stripe, they give a preppy appeal and work perfectly on their own, or when layered. Left:This Hackett super gingham shirt features a bolstered gingham check. Finished with a button down collar and slim fit, it gives a host of options when worn. Alone with a rolled sleeve and pair of shirts gives a typically British Summer look, whilst a blazer and pair of chinos give a much smarter appeal. Centre: We love the penny collar detail on this Pretty Green multi check shirt. Ideal if you're after a shirt that will look great on its own, with no fuss, this shirt by Pretty Green is perfect for wearing with dark indigo denim in the evening. Right: One of the best providers of instant preppy style, Gant have introduced a flash of madras check in their sandbank shirt. From the button down collar, to the chest pocket branding, this shirt is perfect for wearing with beige chino shorts. Roll up the sleeves and wear with a pair of Ray Ban Wayfarers for an instant preppy hit.


Work a bit of colour into your look with a Summer shirt, or opt for a plain white Oxford to link with anything in your wardrobe. All of these shirts are perfect for working into a smart casual look. Layer them up with knitwear and blazers, then accessorise with a simple tie and link up with a pair of slim cut chinos. Left: A splash of colour comes from this Oxford shirt from Ben Sherman. Perfect for wearing with plain chino shorts, roll the sleeve for a chilled out look, or tuck it in with a pair of navy chinos to make the colour really stand out. Centre: No wardrobe is complete without a plain white Oxford shirt, and we love this style by Franklin & Marshall. It can be the basis of a huge range of looks, whether you're layering it up with smart knitwear and a tie, or rolling the sleeve and wearing it with shorts or indigo jeans. Right: After a classic with a twist? Look no further than this Oxford shirt by Fred Perry. A vintage powder blue is set off with a trail of multi coloured buttons, making this perfect for wearing alone.

Ryan J Gray


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