The short sleeve shirt is a strange piece of menswear. It really should be a reliable staple in every summer wardrobe. You take a regular long sleeve shirt and you remove a bit of the arm, what could possibly go wrong? Well, a lot unfortunately. There’s only a fine line between a well styled short sleeve shirt and a serious nerd alert.
Perhaps it’s the penchant that certain office workers (not naming any names) have for combining the short sleeve shirt with a striped neck tie and a few biros in the pocket that have put people off, but this can easily be remedied. There’s no reason the short sleeve shirt shouldn’t be worn with pride throughout the summer. Here’s three ideas on how to wear it right:
Smart casual classic
You can’t really go wrong with this one: a well-fitted, short sleeve Oxford shirt worn with a smart pair of trousers. A classic summer look, and a versatile enough outfit to wear on the weekend (with plimsolls), or to the office in warm weather (use deck shoes or brogues to enhance the smartness).
A look that brings to mind The Talented Mr Ripley (without all the deceit and murder). You can’t go wrong with this combination of timeless summer pieces: A garment dyed short sleeve shirt worn open over a Breton Stripe. Finish the look with a pair of stone chinos and you’ve got an enduring look that’s suitable everywhere, from Inverness to the Italian Riviera.
Loud and Proud
There’s something about a short sleeve shirt that makes it work so well with a print. If you want to try something loud and bolder, but you’re not quite ready to go full Hawaiian then try something more conventional and subtler like a block check worn over a plain white t-shirt.