10 best men’s summer shirts

While summer wardrobes gone by may have been all about the t-shirt, for 2019, the summer shirt is taking over. Take your cues from dads in Hawaiian shirts the world over and embrace tropical prints, hot florals and ‘90s tie-dye this year. And for those feeling less adventurous, softer yellows and breezy stripes are also on offer. Keep reading for our pick of the best men’s summer shirts that’ll get your warm-weather wardrobe all ironed out. 

 

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1. Mellow yellow

Lyle & Scott Lyle Resort Linen Short Sleeve Shirt

 

In a deft move, this shirt ticks the retro ‘90s trend, which is officially A Thing this summer, and the uplifting sun-in-a-bottle look is the very reason to wear a summery shirt in the first place. We’re voting with our wallet.


Lyle & Scott, Lyle Resort Linen Short Sleeve Shirt, £65

 


2. One of a kind

IZOD Island Short Sleeve Shirt

 

The trick with summer shirting is not looking like every other guy at said festival and no way is that easier than with a printed shirt that’s exclusive to us. IZOD – the classic American brand – has hopped straight to House of Fraser in a UK only so you can own this shirt before everyone else does. Winner.


IZOD, Island Short Sleeve Shirt, £40

 


3. Stripe right

Jack Wills Heton Grandad Collar Stripe Shirt

 

Striped shirts, carelessly half tucked, or even more carelessly on the baggy side, featured heavily in the Spring/Summer 2019 catwalks. In real life, the trend has a slight tendency to look not so much high fashion as highly forgetful, so we recommend a toe-in-the-water approach to this one. Choose a loose but still elegant striped shirt with a nonchalant granddad collar.


Jack Wills, Heton Grandad Collar Stripe Shirt, £59.95

 


4. Jungle display

Ted Baker Short Sleeved Jungle Print Cotton Shirt

 

The saying ‘fashion is art’ is immortalised in this delightful teal shirt, the print of which could well feature in the fauna section of your local museum – which is always a good thing, trust us. Pair with chinos when you’re working hard and dark denim when you’re hardly working.


Ted Baker, Short Sleeve Jungle Print Cotton Shirt, £89

 


5. Think again 

Diesel Jeans Short Sleeve All Spike Shirt


The patterned shirt doesn’t have to be a weekend-only joy, but rather, add a little printed magic into your daily get-ups with a work-appropriate geometric print. If work itself gets boring, you can always ponder whether your shirt is white with a black pattern or black with a white pattern and other such sartorial musings.


Diesel Jeans, Short Sleeve All Spike Shirt, £80

 


6. Bloomin' lovely

Original Penguin Short Sleeve Floral Shirt

 

Ah, the botanical shirt. The one that slipped from the back of the costume store to Instagram feeds in a matter of summers. Go bold or go home, right? If, like us, you live by that mantra, choose this standout, colour-popping number that’ll make even the ‘gram light up.   


Original Penguin, Short Sleeve Floral Shirt, £65

 


7. Dip and dunk

Farah Vintage Matthias Short Sleeve Shirt

 

Everyone’s favourite ‘90s throwback, tie-dye, is back in a big way this summer. If tie-dye itself feels a bit too much then we recommend a touch of ombre which will bring that breezy, nostalgic style to your ensembles in a more sophisticated way.


Farah Vintage, Matthias Short Sleeve Shirt, £70

 


8. Pretty parrot 

Levi's Parrot Shirt

 

A prime example of the perfect Cuban collar shirt, this Levi’s number is a) bright b) cool c) features a whimsical parrot character which, to be honest, is exactly what we’re looking for in a look-at-me and then look closer statement shirt. Wear on repeat.


Levi's, Parrot Shirt, £45

 


9. Hey bud

PS By Paul Smith Large Flower Short Sleeve Shirt

 

This shirt is your printed shirt but on mute. Beautifully toned-down, the painterly flower print is subtle enough for work events but interesting enough that you’ll never be accused of being a wardrobe wallflower.


PS By Paul Smith, Large Flower Short Sleeve Shirt, £125

 


10. Join the dots

Armani Exchange Dot Shirt

 

Summer in the office, let’s face it, can be grim. While you may stare longingly out the window, let not your wardrobe be another hot-weather regret by choosing a cool, breezy shirt. A geometric pattern makes going sans tie feel totally natural and can be paired as easily with chinos as with tailored shorts if your office dress code so allows.


Armani Exchange, Dot Shirt, £75