Summer shirts aren’t required to be printed or patterned. Simple, plain-coloured Cuban collar versions are possible or very simple linen takes. Both of these options are comfortable and stylish, and both can be worn year round.
For those times when you want more impact or to add colour, patterns are the way to go. While there are more subtle motifs that can be considered perennials, such as stripes or embroidered patterns, madras and Hawaiian shirts can make a statement this season.
These shirts are worth having in your warm-weather wardrobe, regardless of what kind of shirt you’re looking at.
Vertical striped shirts come in many styles, including Oxford shirts with a pencil stripe and oversized block stripes. They are reminiscent of warm evenings in the French Riviera. Vertical stripes are a timeless pattern that’s extremely easy to wear. If you only have one shirt to purchase this season, it’s the best.
You should be looking out for classic Oxford cotton and linen fabrics. The former adds to the style’s summery feel, while the latter is lighter, more breathable, and more comfortable in the heat.
The madras shirt is an underrated style. Madras, a lightweight cotton fabric, is named after Chennai, India. It is usually hand-woven using a check pattern that includes multiple different colours.
Madras cotton is vibrant and flat because of the traditional vegetable dyes used. This ensures that colours are not overbearing or garish. Similar to linen, madras Cotton wrinkles when worn. This is why you should embrace it if you want to incorporate this style of shirt into your wardrobe.
A madras shirt is a great way to spice up your basic summer look and make it stand out.
The reputation of the floral shirt was tarnished by a slew of uncool men who wore it as their “going out shirt” in 2000. These shirts were worn to nightclubs and paraded on sticky dance floors before being thrown away. These shirts featured small floral designs in garish colours and were cut in the fashion of a traditional dress shirt with a stiff collar, cuffs, contrast buttons, and regular sleeves.
These are not the floral shirts that we recommend. Keep an eye out instead for contemporary designs with a Cuban collar or long sleeves, as well as patterns that are more subtle and easy to wear.
Particularly versatile are those with monochrome and/or tonal colour schemes. This makes the floral shirt less formal and more like a dashing alternative to traditional checks and stripes.
Lately, the Hawaiian shirt has been enjoying a revival in style. The Hawaiian shirt is a variation of the floral shirt. It’s a bit more bold and visible than the floral shirt. If you want to be noticed, or embrace summer vibes, it could be the right one.
The shirts first appeared in Hawaii in 1920s and 1930s. They were a hit with tourists from America who bought them abroad and wore them proudly as a way of showing off their wealth and style.
The Hawaiian shirt is a staple of menswear. Elvis wore one in Blue Hawaii in 1973, three decades after its introduction. You can be as bold as you like or as subtle as you want. If you are looking for something more subtle, a cherry blossom design on a black background is a good option. Or, go bold with a bright, blue, red, and pink tropical print.
Embroidered shirts have been around for a while. This trend is becoming increasingly popular among a variety of brands, including independent fashion houses and global fashion houses.
This shirt style can be worn with a variety of embroidered designs, such as an all-over embroidered scene or simple logo/script. It will give your summer outfits a unique touch. We love the boxy Cuban collar style with bright, colorful stitching.
Geometric print shirts can be a great entry point for those who aren’t afraid of colour or pattern. These shirts come in many designs, including repeating triangles and squares, as well as more intricate geo prints. They are also available in tonal colors, which makes them much easier to wear.
A tonal blue shirt with a geometric print design over navy chinos and minimally white sneakers is a great option for a casual summer look that still turns heads.