Step away from the Hawaiian-esque florals, guys. (We’re looking at you, Tommy Bahama.) There’s another way to do short sleeve button downs. It might be hot out, but you don’t have to sweat your style. These short-sleeved shirts are equal parts refined, casual, fashionable, and fun.
Theory Short-Sleeve Chambray Shirt Chambray shirts are a warm-weather staple. The fabric is lightweight, but has the classic edge of a denim shirt. We love how this Theory shirt cleans up the look with a darker, more saturated hue and clean, white contrast buttons and seams.
Ben Sherman Plectrum Clerkenwell Collar Shirt Large paisley prints can be garish and off-putting. This Ben Sherman shirt uses a tighter, monochrome red paisley pattern to add a fresh update to a classic fit.
Steven Alan Cotton/Linen Blend Single Needle Shirt We’ve already discussed how linen-based fabrics equal summer perfection, and that goes for menswear as well. A linen-cotton button down is the perfect combination of comfort and structure. This shirt comes in a variety of cool-toned and neutral solids that are easy to wear and pair, but also check out the “Pink Lemonade” print for a surprisingly whimsical and detailed little pattern.
Robert Graham Cassette Printed Shirt Kitsch patterns don’t always have to pile on the cheese. The cassette print on this Robert Graham shirt works because it’s so geometric, and the bright colors are perfect for summer without playing into traditional tropical motifs. It adds a fun, vintage vibe to an otherwise classic button-down. Pair with dark jeans and a black blazer for a sharp look with flair.
Zanerobe Zen Woven Shirt This Zanerobe shirt mixes modern graphics with a highly abstracted Eastern influence by innovatively pixelating a tranquil “zen” print. Purposeful crinkling makes this shirt look like a well-worn, casual favorite even on the first wear. The color families used also makes it easy to transition into a cool weather wardrobe -- it’ll look great under a burnt sienna cardigan come fall.