Since short-sleeve button-up shirts first slipped back into mainstream menswear just a few summers ago, countless iterations of the warm weather staple have hit the market. And as the general menswear silhouette has expanded to encompass roomier, boxier fits, these shirts fall right into the sweet spot of relaxed yet still stylishly conscious of your outfit. But while these easygoing shirts should be a no brainer, they can sometimes be a little tricky to get right. Herewith, three fool-proof ways to wear a short sleeve shirt, along with some of the season's best options to buy right now.
Let it speak
For the bolder, more graphic and tropical designs, it's best to let these stand on their own. Wear them solo, buttoned up with solid pants or shorts. Whether that means leaving a button or two undone at the collar or buttoned all the way up (air tie style), it's your call.
Life After Denim, $128
Layer it over
There's something about a shirt with buttons and a collar that can make some guys treat it like a dress shirt. But here's one of the great things about a short sleeve shirt, you can throw it over a T-shirt and suddenly you've got an outfit. Especially with simpler styles or solid colored shirts—keeping them unbuttoned and untucked makes them look cool and relaxed.
Saturdays NYC, $145
The tuck-half-button move
If you feel like your shirt is a touch too long or a little boxy, a quick tuck can fix that. And if you're going to tuck, chinos look better than jeans. Then for some added texture and intrigue, wear it with an undershirt and keep your shirt half-buttoned. This works particularly well for vertically striped styles. Give your sleeves two rolls and you've got a cool, retro vibe going.
Todd Snyder, $158
Universal Works, $158
Solid & Striped,
$128 / $99
... you can wear them under a jacket
When the weather warms up, there are still times you want or need to wear a blazer or suit jacket. Let this be your permission slip to wear one of these shirts under your favorite jacket. And if you remove your jacket, roll up your sleeves to remind everyone how breezy and cool you are.