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8 Lightweight Madras Shirts for Summer

Cool, colorful shirts to beat the heat.


A good summer shirt is lightweight, breathable and a little fun. Made from lightweight short-staple cotton, Madras shirts check off all three boxes. They aren’t starchy and pristine, but cool, crinkly and often colorful. As more and more men adopt Madras shirts for summer, brands are playing with traditional methods, experimenting with heavier (though still breathable) weaves and solid colors that stand in for oxfords. There’s still plenty of love for the vibrant blues, reds and yellows associated with Madras shirts, and their easy fit and vibrant appearance will help you brighten up without burning up this summer.

Indian Madras Shirt in Multi-Stripe by J.Crew $54

Oak Springs Plaid Shirt by Woolrich $55

Button-Down Madras Shirt by Beams Plus $105

The Short Sleeve California in Red Madras by Taylor Stitch $118

Archive Madras Shirt by Gitman Vintage $145

Button-Down Sport Shirt by Sid Mashburn $150

Heavyweight Madras Shirt by Industry of All Nations $165

Plaid Madras Shirt in Light Blue by New England Shirt Company $173

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