For the majority of the year, the long-sleeve shirt is an infallible menswear staple never to be discarded. But when summer arrives, carrying with it warm breezes (and humidity), therein lies an opportunity to shed sleeves and embrace more seasonally appropriate threads. Presentable without losing a casual edge, the short-sleeve collared shirt looks great on top of shorts at the beach, or layered beneath a lightweight blazer at the office — if you're headed there.
Simply put, short-sleeve collared shirts are a versatile cornerstone of a complete wardrobe. Sure, rolling your sleeves works — we've proved it! — but being seasonally appropriate means breaking free from excess fabric. There's no sense in suffering through scorching days in shirts intended for another season entirely. And perhaps you can't jump all the way to the other end of the spectrum, where camp-collar shirts reside. Those have spread collars, fit in a more relaxed way, and probably have split hems. Stow those away for your next trip — or weekend date night to a dark bar.
Needless to say, short-sleeve collared shirts are shape-shifters. Casual when unbuttoned and paired with shorts and office-appropriate atop chinos and loafers. Stock up on a few different kinds, and let the day's duties guide how you wear them.
See that little logo? Polo! But this recommendation isn't rooted in flaunting a brand name. This Indigo blue button-down is well-fitting, texturally interesting and built to last. Plus, the tonal logo isn't even that noticeable.
Born from a collaboration between clothier Another Aspect and elderly style-spotting page Gramparents, the Another Shirt 2.0 is a short-sleeve shirt cut from a cotton-linen blend, with a straight hem, horn buttons and a flared collar for added effect.
It's hard to beat J. Crew's Broken-In Oxford at this price. Sub-$60 shirts usually lose their shape, wrinkle easily, and drape weirdly after a few wears. However, this option's more durable and definitely subtle. It's a classic.
This pale blue shirt's the right mix of accountant and old-school-cool. White hardware and a shirttail hem make it, arguably, the most formal on this list but there are certainly ways to dress it down.
Ah, linen. Rhythm's classic Short-Sleeve Shirt doubles down on breathability by constructing the top from a linen-dominant blended fabric.
Everyone needs a chambray shirt. Onia's Samuel Shirt is an approachable iteration cut from linen-chambray with split sides at the bottom and a semi-structured collar up top.
Although I'd argue seersucker gets a bad rap, Flint and Tinder's attempt could sway even the most adverse. It's reshaped to fit in a more modern way, features contrasting buttons, and comes with a back pleat for improved mobility.
Up close and from afar this Massimo Alba shirt looks more black than it does dark blue. Nonetheless, and my color blindness be damned, it lends itself to several different styles and settings: buttoned up for dinner or undone on a beach.
Carhartt WIP might not come to mind when you're considering where to buy your next collared shirt. Admittedly, they're more canvas bottoms than they are button-downs. But this Chest Patch-Pocket option in a sea coral color proves quite nice. And it's only $86.00.
Maybe your short-sleeve collared shirt is the top half of your uniform. Hard-wearing and well-fitting, this is another Flint and Tinder top that emphasizes both breathability and style. Safari shirt-inspired, it's made from ripstop fabric and features embedded stretch for full range of motion.