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The Summer Shirt Guide

23rd April 2014 | Posted in Mens

With warm weather just around the corner, have you started to work some classic summer style staples into your wardrobe yet?

An icon of sun inspired style, the short sleeve shirt is a true necessity; spanning a host of looks and fitting into a huge number of ensembles no matter what your personal preferences, the short sleeve shirt offers a dynamic, versatile option for your ensemble.

Check out our favourite short sleeve shirts right here, and get yourself some inspiration on how to wear yours this summer:

Plain Shirts

Fred Perry Light Smoke Button Through Pique Shirt

We love the unique look of this Fred Perry shirt, which ultimately comes thanks to its pique cotton fabric. With a contrasting collar, it’s packed full of eye catching features which ensures that it won’t just blend into the crowd. Keep it simple when you’re wearing this shirt- it’s got enough about it to stand out on its own, so link it with a pair of navy chino shorts and a pair of classic suede driving shoes for a classic laid back look.

Lyle & Scott White SS Plain Oxford Shirt

The bread and butter of all clean cut, no frill styles, the Oxford shirt is the back bone of a well appointed look. This short sleeve edition by Lyle & Scott is no exception, carrying the same level of unbeatable versatility as its long sleeved counterpart. Shown in crisp white, the Oxford shirt is a staple piece when it comes to gaining a preppy look, or simply wanting an easy to wear laid back look that has a smarter edge. Try wearing this alone with a pair of chino shorts, or layering up with a cardigan or blazer for a well thought out summer evening ensemble.

Check Shirts

Ben Sherman Classic Short Sleeve Blue Gingham Shirt

Delivering a sleek lesson in heritage style, classic British shirting brand Ben Sherman prove how easy it is to wear a gingham check on a short sleeve shirt. The definition of retro styling, a gingham check shirt is the perfect way to display an allegiance to retro styling. Keep it simple and link it up with a pair of chino shorts, then layer with a Harrington jacket in the evening when the temperatures begin to drop down again.

Lyle & Scott Navy Tartan SS Shirt

As a true representation of Lyle & Scott’s Scottish heritage, this short sleeve shirt features the brands unmissable tartan check. Perfect for evening wear when you want to strike a good balance between smart and casual looks, the dark colour behind this shirt gives it a sleek edge. Finished with the iconic golden Lyle & Scott eagle, this shirt is perfect for wearing with stone coloured chinos, or pair of light coloured shorts to offer a stark contrast.

Striped Shirts

Fred Perry Holiday Royal Stripe Shirt

Coming out of Fred Perry’s latest collaboration with the Southsea Deckchair company, this shirt pays homage to Great Britain’s historic relationship with holidaying on the coastline. With a bold stripe that represents that familiar site of deckchairs lining the sea fronts of some of Britain’s most cherished sea side towns, this Fred Perry shirt features wooden buttons to further this shirts affiliation with the Southsea Deckchair company. Keep your style strictly classic when wearing this shirt, with a pair of beige chino shorts and some brown leather boat shoes.

Fred Perry Tipped Summer White Shirt

You can always rely on Fred Perry to provide a twist to a modern classic, and this shirt is the perfect example of how the iconic brand does just that. Featuring a split horizontal strip detail, this Fred Perry shirt has the easy to wear base of a white shirt, resulting in it sitting well with pretty much anything you want to wear with it. Try shorts and a pair of classic hi top white Converse for a laid back look, or dress it up with an unstructured navy blazer.

Printed and Patterned Shirts

G-Star Mate Palm Milk Shirt

With a subtle pattern, this short sleeve shirt by G-Star is the perfect warm weather companion. With an easy to wear chambray coloured background, it promises to match up to anything in your wardrobe, whilst still providing a strong point of distinction thanks to its subtle print. The palm tree detailing makes this shirt perfect for wearing in the high summer, whilst a popper fastening makes it easy to layer up with a short sleeve tee if you’re wearing it on days that aren’t quite as warm as you hoped.

Farah Gunnerside Claret Pocket shirt

If you’re looking for a short sleeve patterned shirt that offers a whole load of versatility, then look no further than this little number by Farah. Finished in a deep shade of burgundy, the contrasting print provides enough detail to wear it alone, or to be layered up with a lightweight crew neck knit or shawl neck cardigan. Navy and burgundy are a blend made in colour pallet heaven, so consider chucking on a pair of navy shorts with this shirt.


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