Summer brings with it images of t-shirts, shorts and sandals. A chance to strip down to your undies as you lie around the house caked in sweat, or to don your swim shorts for a dip in the pool or the ocean. Basically, you spend the majority of the summer season semi-naked. But, in accordance with public decency laws, you do need to put clothes on from time to time. And while you could easily slip on a simple, plain white tee, you can instantly upgrade your outfit with the addition of a summer shirt.
Whilst you won’t necessarily find a category for men’s summer shirts on clothing websites, you will find that materials and fits change compared to the colder seasons. Summer-friendly shirt materials include linen, hemp, rayon, cotton and silk, which many of the very best men’s clothing brands adopt for their collections.
Fit is also important, and you’ll most likely come across looser fits that encourage airflow around the body, while giving off a laidback-yet-still-style-conscious attitude. That’s not to say tailored and slim fits won’t make the cut, and these will work wonders for evening outfits when heading out to dinner or on a date.
Fortunately, there is a plethora of men’s clothing brands committed to keeping you looking and feeling fresh during summer with their shirt collections, and we’ve compiled this definitive list of the ones you should be looking out for.
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Bonobos shirts are perfect for summer as they come in a huge variety of colours and patterns that are bold and fresh for warmer weather. Available in a wide range of fits, Bonobos’ shirts are made from either a cotton blend or a nylon blend, both very breathable and lightweight.
For your summer shirt needs, Everlane has adopted linen for its shirt collection. Calling it the "official fabric of summer", Everlane's linen shirt comes in a standard fit, which means it won't hug you tightly, which is ideal. Well-fitting and well-priced, its a truly versatile piece for summer.
For all your summer needs, Outerknown has a thoughtfully designed selection of short-sleeve shirts, which are made from a blend of modal and polyester. Modal is derived from beech tree pulp, furthering Outerknown's commitment to sustainability. It's incredibly breathable too, and absorbs sweater far better than cotton. A win win, if you ask us.
With a penchant for suiting and sartorial, qualities of these areas carry over to the shirt collection, so expect to find slim, tailored fits. Short-sleeve shirts can be had in either patterned or single-block colour options, and given Cuban-style collars for the perfect summer look. Pair with slim-fit chinos and and some summer shoes and you're good to go.
Linen, naturally, is the order of the day when it comes to shirts, which can be had in a range of summer-friendly colours. As you should expect, it's incredibly luxurious, super soft and super comfortable, the winning combination for summer.
With short-sleeve and long-sleeve options both available in summer-ready fabrics such as linen and tencel, along with a range of quirky patterns that will have you standing out from the crowd, Frescobol Carioca is a premium brand to rely upon for your summer threads.
That is primarily because of the brand's linen overshirt. Taking a classically winter piece but making it from a summery fabric is a genius move in our eyes. It can function as standalone shirt in its own right, or work as the perfect layering piece, so you can leave you thick, warm jacket at home. You'll also find other shirts made from silk and lightweight denim, to complete your casual looks.
With breathable cotton, linen, Chambray and towel Terry fabrics to choose from, you're practically spoilt for choice when it comes to summer shirt options.
That is perfectly exemplified in James' shirt collection, which employs a heavy use of linen to keep guys cool during summer. Super soft and super comfortable, and not to mention effortlessly good looking, the James Perse summer shit collection is one you should certainly check out.
Todd Snyder's summer shirts are made from fabrics including Japanese Rayon and cotton, but cut to slightly looser fits and given Cuban collars for the quintessential summery look. A range of patterns and colours means you'll be able to create new outfits to your heart's content.
The brand's shirt collection is a little more refined than some others on this list, but with a few perfectly suitable options for summer, including shirts with plenty of pockets for storing the essential summer accessories.
Casablanca's shirt collection is made from premium silk, so will feel cool to the touch throughout the day, no matter the heat. Oversized fits work to encourage airflow and with light, pastel colours reflecting the sun's rays, you'll be feeling as cool as you look.
And it's easy to see why, with a range of eclectic patterns, non-conforming colours, but perfect fits, Double Rainbouu pushes the boat in terms of creativity. We encourage you to check them out.
Abercrombie & Fitch
The summer shirt collection embodies that well, with linen and cotton/viscose blend fabrics replacing the heavyweight cotton of old. Floral prints, neutral and pastel colours, and loose fits – coupled with seriously affordable prices – makes Abercrombie a dark horse in the menswear game.
Linen features across many of the summer shirts, many of which are emblazoned with quirky designs that scream summer vibes, but for the more reserved gent you will also find block colour shirts made from breathable cotton.
With a lightweight cotton-blend fabric being used for its short-sleeve shirts, you can be assured they'll survive the summer heat. Available in natural colours for easy pairing, Buck Mason's summer shirts represent affordable style.
Venroy's shirt collection is a mixture of linen or linen-blend, with long-sleeves being the main attraction. Roll them up, leave them down, it matters not, as the fabrics are ready to tackle the searing heat.
And that's exactly what you get. Much of the summer shirt collection is made from a blend of cotton and Tencel, one of the best defences against summer sun, and even though the shirt designs are slightly more appropriate for your dad, we can be confident you'll find something to add to your own collection.
Deus ex Machina
Therefore, expect to find some slightly more out-there designs, many of which scream summer festival. With Rayon fabric being the main component too, you can be sure of quality and comfort.
Mizzen & Main
Mizzen & Main have a huge range of men’s short sleeve shirts that’ll keep you comfortable in style all summer long. Their shirts have a more crisp, traditional look and depending on which style you go for, feature some amazing technologies such as superior quick dry properties, wrinkle resistance, unparalleled high stretch, and more.