Fellas, it’s already May and while we are patiently waiting for summer’s arrival, there’s no better time to start getting ready with some fresh new shirts. After all, memorial day and the unofficial start of summer are just around the corner.
Each summer, it seems like guys are having more and more options when it comes to color and style for button-up shirts. From clean lines and crisp linens to bright and bold tropics, here are some examples of shirt styles trending this season that you’ll definitely want to add to your wardrobe over the next few months.
Escape to the Tropics
Nothing says summer quite like these fun tropical prints. Whether you’re into palm leaves, pineapples, flamingoes, sharks, or flowers, short-sleeved tropical shirts exude that carefree summer spirit. Wear these on a beachside weekend or to happy hour at your favorite rooftop bar with a pair of bright-colored or khaki above-the-knee shorts for the hotter days or light-wash denim for those cool summer nights.
Cool, Classic, and Comfortable
The next type of shirt on our list combines a sense of classic style with some of the latest casual trends. These shirts are so versatile that they will go with just about anything. The more minimal, the better in this case. Pair these shirts with a neutral-colored short or trouser.
The band collar (stand-up collar) has been trending over the past few seasons and looks great on just about everyone. These types of shirts surely give off a vintage look, comfortable feel, and are essential for those days where you don’t know what to wear, when you’re looking for easy, effortless style.
A good linen blended shirt, like this one from Uniqlo, will keep you looking and feeling fresh in the heat.
Also take the pajama shirt style that has been trending this spring, like these ones from Banana Republic Factory and J. Crew. The lounge-y fit and neutral colors, with blue and white shades being the most popular, will continue to create easy outfit options.
Much like the tropical shirts on this list, we’ve decided to choose bold floral prints for the next pick for summer shirt styles. This type of shirt, paired with a light colored chino, will surely make you stand out without overdoing it.
Keep it Classic
For our last style of shirts on our list for summer, we’ve gone back to basics. Who doesn’t love a solid or plaid shirt that goes with almost everything in your wardrobe? Whether you’re pairing these with a cropped chino short, your favorite pair of denim, or dressed-up joggers, these shirts are the ultimate closet essentials. Here are some of our favorite picks.
Nothing beats a good oxford shirt, with its durable cotton material and solid color options. Light blue or white are the most common colors, but a pop of color can never hurt. Take this pink oxford from Zara for example.
Or, what about this madras shirt from J. Crew? The light and faded plaid matches the chill vibe of the season, but still remains a staple that will never go out of style.
….and don’t forget about the ultimate classic: a crisp white shirt. Once again, you can mix this piece up with any shorts or pants you have in your wardrobe. You can rock this one wherever you go, as it can be dressed up with a suit or dressed down, unbuttoned with board shorts and sandals. Just make sure not to wear it after Labor Day! … Is that even a rule anymore, though?
That’s all for today, gentlemen. I hope this post has you feeling ready for the season ahead. I can tell you for sure that the rest of the team at SprezzaBox are also dreaming of rooftop happy hours and bringing our work outside to Bryant Park, which is just one block away from our office. In the mean time, summer is only a few short weeks away, so get excited and get prepped!
As always, stay dapper.
Joe V. // The Guide