Sun’s out guns out – the perfect summer shirt for men remains a holy grail for the warmer months. Where long sleeve shirts are more familiar territory, short sleeve shirts offer more of a test. Choose the wrong one and you head into dad-at-barbecue territory.
Do you go big and invest in a pattern or print? Or keep it simple with a solid colour, easy-wearing?
Thankfully, there’s been a new wave of designs that have brought the short sleeve shirt back from the brink of kitchsville. Choosing between the two is now less about navigating aesthetics and more about need.
Take Prada for example. The Italian brand that has been known to gravitate towards silhouettes or cuts as they become challenging has made the bowling shirt a staple of their summer collections, exaggerating the boxy dimensions for a more structured silhouette.
Closer to home, Australian label Venroy has embraced the laid-back aesthetic of the Amalfi coast with a range of knits perfect for a day on the harbour or an afternoon on the aperol.
The team at ICON has taken a deep dive into the best short sleeve shirts for men this summer, ranging from the luxe styles of Valentino to laid back linen.
Valentino silk shirt with Valentino foulard archive print. $1390 from Valentino.
Venroy short sleeve knitted shirt. $160. From Venroy.
Prada Double Match Poplin Shirt. $1810. From Prada.
Double Rainbouu Gold Hawaiian Shirt. $135 from Double Rainbouu.
Burberry deer shirt. Price: $820. From Harrolds.
Bassike cotton classic short sleeve shirt. $240. From Bassike.
Bottega Veneta stretch cotton shirt. Approximately $960. From MR PORTER.
Double Rainbouu Burning Up Hawaiian Shirt. $175. From Double Rainbouu.
Bianca Saunders + Browns Focus Future Icons short-sleeve shirt. $570. From Farfetch.
Commas cotton-poplin shirt. $363. From matchesfashion.com.
Versace Trésor De La Mer Print Short Sleeve Shirt. $1280. From Harrolds.
Bode Embroidered Cotton Shirt. Approximately $800. From MR PORTER.
Balenciaga large fit shirt. $1550. From David Jones.
Hugo Boss Camp-Collar Mercerised Cotton Shirt. $265. From MR PORTER.
Dior Oblique Floral Short Sleeve Shirt. $2900. From Dior.
Paul Smith Striped Short-Sleeve Shirt. $445. From Farfetch.