The balance between staying cool and being stylish during summer can often be a hard middle ground to achieve, especially when it comes to shirts. We recommend steering clear of dense fabrics to avoid sweat stains, and instead, opting for lightweight fits like linens, chambray, and cotton.
Why, you may ask? Linen is the season’s most sought-after fabric for its breathability and versatility. Chambray and cotton blends also make for great summer shirts, since the former often has a higher thread count, which means it will keep you cooler in dry heat and humidity, while the latter helps fend off moisture, and is relatively easy to clean.
Like most menswear icons, the shirt’s design hasn’t changed much since the 18th century. But back then, shirts were seen as an undergarment to be worn beneath a formal wardrobe (usually a suit jacket) with only the collar showing. Today’s shirts are made to be worn as is, with many brands churning out unique silhouettes that stand out on their own.
To get you started, we rounded up some of the best shirts for the warm summer months to keep you cool, stylish, and comfortable.
ASOS Oversized Linen Shirt
If you’re into the oversized look, you’re already doing summer right! Go for a linen top and you’ll have the perfect summer combo to keep you airy and comfortable for those ultra humid and hot days.
Allsaints Kanaloa Camp Shirt
While our tropical beach vacations may be put on hold, make the most of your backyard “getaway” with this loose fit camp shirt emblazoned with hibiscus flowers, pineapples, and palm trees.
O.N.S. Oki Camp Collar Shirt
Inspired by retro camp shirts, this vibrant top wears summer on its sleeves, and is sure to bring nostalgia to your wardrobe. Simply put, it’s perfect for a summer outing.
Ashley Rowe Fitted tee
Who says crop tops are only for women? Ditch those outdated gender norms with this unisex tee, with a frayed edge for a down-to-earth vibe.
Bode Crocket Big Top Shirt
A dominant women’s summer trend, crochet has also been making its way into menswear. This boxy crocket top is made of 100% natural cotton, which lets air circulate and move freely through the fabric to make the heat more bearable. Think of it as an air conditioner for your body.
Dior Mesh Tee with Oblique Motif
Monogrammed tops can easily veer toward tacky, but not so with this Dior T-shirt. Rendered in mesh with a crew neck, it can be worn as is, or layered over another tee for lining.
Uniqlo Linen Cotton Short Sleeve Shirt
Uniqlo is known for its temperature-regulated pieces to keep your body comfortable all year round, including this short-sleeve shirt, which combines linen freshness with cotton softness. The neat collar makes it easy to wear.
Hiro Clark Colorful Tees
The brand is known for comfortable lightweight t-shirts that are built to last, and these Hiro Clark tees are no exception (and we especially like this peachy hue).
Onia Shaun Terry Polo
For an extra cozy look, we suggest this polo made in terry cloth. Featuring a looped weave exterior and a jersey interior for maximum comfort for a beach towel aesthetic, it feels as good as it looks. In other words, this is the ideal summer top.
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