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Buying Guide: Short-Sleeve Shirts for Summer

Summer is the enemy of body temperature and presentability. But a crop of new companies is combining technical fabrics and quality cuts for easy breathing style.

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For the majority of the year, the long-sleeve button-up is the classic menswear staple never to be discarded. But when summer arrives with warm breezes, there’s the opportunity to shed sleeves and embrace more seasonally appropriate threads. Presentable without losing a casual edge, the short sleeve looks great on top of shorts at the beach, or layered beneath a lightweight jacket at the office. Our list is oriented around a diverse range of patterns in warm-weather-ready weights and fabrics, and they’ll keep you looking and feeling cool all summer long.

Penfield “Nolan” Check Shirt
Penfield applies its New England outerwear sensibilities to a light cotton button-down short sleeve. $75

Norse Projects “Anton” Oxford Shirt
A modern take on the age-old Oxford from a Scandinavian streetwear brand. $105

Beams+ Open Collar Dobby Check Shirt
With its textured, geometric weave, the dobby cloth short sleeve brings attention to the details. $110

Saturdays NYC “Esquina” Gingham Cotton Shirt
Nothing says summer like timeless gingham in its short-sleeve iteration. $115

Outerknown “Decade” Cotton and Hemp Blend Shirt
A collaboration between designer and pro surfer, Outerknown’s short sleeve blends cotton with hemp for a particularly soft feel. $125

Our Legacy Classic Short Sleeve
Our Legacy subdues the bold check of its short sleeve in a muted, sun-faded palette. $132

Yellow Rat “Dunes of Dust” Short Sleeve
This 1950s-influenced short sleeve begs for blue jeans in a hard cuff. $155

Several “Arundell” Cotton and Linen Blend Shirt
A breathable cotton-and-linen blend along with a subdued, earth-tone color scheme offer a classic summer look. $165

Gitman Vintage Short Sleeve Linen Chambray Shirt
Gitman, a legendary American shirt maker, applies their long-refined techniques to their classic chambray short sleeve. $199

Dries Van Noten “Cheney” Cotton Blend Shirt
A third-generation tailor, Dries Van Noten brings meticulous, modern fashion sense to casual summer wear. $285

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