Men’s Summer Fashion Shirts By Sylvie
Roll up your sleeves, pour yourself a drink, and dive into our men’s summer fashion guide to keep yourself looking good all without breaking a sweat!
For summer fashion, a good rule-of-thumb for shirt fabrics is to opt for natural fibers over synthetic ones. Synthetics tend to trap in moisture rather than release it freely, restricting breathability and sweat dispersion through clothing. Fabric weave, weight, and cut matter as well, with looser, lighter fabrics allowing heat to escape. Though cotton reigns supreme in essentially all pillars of men’s summer style, we’ve outlined a few on-trend pieces that’ll give your summer wardrobe a boost this season.
No man’s summer shirting arsenal is complete without a garment made from chambray, a lightweight plain-weave fabric. Though visually similar to denim, chambray shirts retain the breathable and moisture-wicking properties of lighter fabrics, which make it ideal for spring and summer weather. Chambray comes in a few colors, though it’s always woven with a white thread to give it more of a pastel sheen. Stick with light blue (the classic), white, or light red for men’s summer fashion.
Effortlessly stylish in its simplicity, linen shirts remain a decisive summer essential. Linen comes from fibers of the flax plant, creating a strong, absorbent, and quick-drying material — perfect for summer! However, linen wrinkles much easier than thicker fabrics, but it’s totally expected and helps create a more casual, comfortable men’s summer outfits. Linen is very breathable, so we recommend long sleeve button downs in favor of the short sleeves. Shoot for olive, white, off-white, and light blue shirts.
Nothing’s more versatile in the summer than a well-fitting, comfortable lightweight tee. Opt for shirts that feel lightweight yet strong, and aren’t too see-through when you pull your hand up from the underside. Stripes are fun without being too loud, and solid light colors like sage (light green) and persimmon (burnt orange) add character to your wardrobe without skewing too dark for the sun’s rays.
There’s no fabric quite as synonymous with summer quite like seersucker, a puckered cotton that sits away from the skin. The rippling in the material allows the body to be kept cooler, which is why it’s often ubiquitous with humid climates. Traditionally a thin pattern of stripes, “railway stripes” are woven into the fabric, but you can also get seersucker in solids and fun patterns as well. Seersucker falls more towards the preppier side of men’s summer style, so be sure it’s a good fit for your wardrobe.
Short Sleeve Henley
While their long-sleeved counterparts are a staple for any fall and winter wardrobe, a short-sleeve henley can add some variety to the typical line-up of t-shirts. Henleys draw most of their design from a typical tee, adding 3-4 buttons for some more character.