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.
When to Wear a Short-Sleeve Collared Shirt
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.
The Best Short-Sleeve Collared Shirts for Men
J.Crew makes a bunch of excellent Oxford shirts. This one is pre-washed for a soft, vintage feel, plus it's broken-in at the hot spots so it won't rub or chafe. It's an excellent, fairly affordable option for work, a casual wedding or a weekend dinner.
Hamilton Shirt Co's Striped Seersucker Shirt runs slim, but not skinny — it's tailored for a refined fit. Plus, it's made from seersucker. That keeps the shirt light, which prevents overheating.
Sewn in Pennsylvania, Gitman Vintage's Seersucker Shirt comes with a single chest pocket, curved hem and classic Oxford collar. Don't stress about it being black if you plan on wearing it in the summer. Seersucker is super lightweight and breathable.
Australian surf brand Rhythm makes a bunch of warm weather essentials — including this Classic Linen Short Sleeve Shirt. It has a standard, non button-down collar, plus a straight hem and no pockets.
Think of this Faherty shirt as your favorite Oxford, but for summer. It has short sleeves, a soft heathered feel and subtle stretch, which keeps the fabric from sticking or suffocating.
Made in Japan from 100 percent cotton, Beams +'s shirt follows the classic formula: front pockets, a button-down collar and a curved hem.
Short-sleeve shirts can be a little boring — a relic leftover from days in drab offices. But who says they can't (and shouldn't) be fun. Line of Trade's The Sierra Western Shirt features angled front pockets and a back yoke, plus pearlescent snap buttons.
This 100 percent cotton shirt has a seersucker feel, a heavier body and structured shoulders. That makes this ideal for either summery days in the office or weekend trips around town. It's indigo-dyed, too, so the color will fade gracefully over time.
Most linen shirts wrinkle. Wills is wrinkle resistant, though, because it's primarily polyethylene. It still feels like the summery fabric, though. It's quite the illusion.
Mango's short-sleeve shirt doesn't have a button-down collar, creating a more casual silhouette. However, the collar isn't spread, meaning you can still wear this in formal settings — like the office. Plus, it's made from 100 percent linen.