There’s a difference between an average summer shirt and one of the best summer shirts. Namely, the shirting for the season harnesses a few key, differentiating factors. We’re talking lighter fabric than the burly flannels or heavy work shirts you reach for in the fall and winter — leave those in your closet. They should also have a lived-in look, and it pays to reach for a shirt with some fun pattern or color (or at least some classic styling potential). Witness, then, our picks for the best men’s summer shirts. They run the gamut from a classic Oxford to a printed short-sleeve shirt to a cool-as-heck linen option. That’s just for starters, though. We guarantee there’s something for everyone on this list.
We love the tough-minded approach that Stock Mfg. Co. takes to crafting staple pieces like everyday shirting. And we love the fact that the same mindset applies to more unique shirts, such as the Birder Short-Sleeve Shirt. We’d style this one with khaki chinos and beat-up canvas sneakers for a summer barbecue.
Go for subtle summer style with this decidedly easygoing short-sleeved shirt. We see this shirt pairing nicely with rolled light wash denim and white canvas sneakers — plus your favorite light lager.
Want a shirt that works just as well on its own as it does when layered over a cotton henley or a slub T-shirt? The exceptionally crafted WP Standard Work Shirt is your go-to move. The rest of the time? Wear it with dark denim and suede chukkas any day of the week.
Leave it to Billy Reid to take the short-sleeve shirt and turn it upside-down with an imaginative print and quality materials. If ever there were a luxury-minded, short-sleeve button-down, the Tuscumbia Shirt would be it.
What’s the easiest way to channel laid-back, breezy style — like that found in Portugal — without, you know, going to Portugal? Easy: the La Paz Alegre Shirt. Made with Portuguese cotton in a classic-yet-tailored cut, this is absolutely one shirt you’re going to want to wear around the pool this season.
What makes the Flint and Tinder Soft Washed Oxford so essential and stylish? Is it the use of Portuguese cotton? The crisp white color? The outstanding quality? Or the great fit? Sounds like a little bit of everything. Wear this with dark blue denim and brown Oxfords.
Want to lighten up your shirting rotation for summer without breaking the bank? Zara is the way to go there — we like the versatile navy color shown here and would applaud if you wore it with off-white pants and brown leather loafers. Easy as that.
Now that you’ve got your lightweight summer button-down, why not take a look at the best T-shirts for summer?