Here Comes the Sun: Shirts to Welcome Summer
It’s finally time for warm weather shopping – we pick the key shirt trends to update your midsummer lookRead more
Summer is finally upon us and with it comes freedom, adventure and the sun on your skin. The ‘50s preppy look isn’t going anywhere - what better time to update your wardrobe with bowling shirts, pastels knits and boxy, camp collar fits? Now’s the time to be daring with new season fabrics spotted on the SS21 catwalks. Rely on Dries Van Noten for out-there prints you won’t find elsewhere, fall for Bode’s craft-central separates or head to King & Tuckfield for tailoring snatched straight from The Talented Mr. Ripley film set.
This easy style was adopted by debonair men of the ‘50s as a response to the stiff military styles popular throughout the previous decade. Offering boxy, loose tailoring, lightweight fabrications and, crucially, that laid-back open-collar, this thoughtful-yet-effortless piece will become your summer throw-on.
The Statement Print
Summer is the perfect time to try a daring print. Set against sun-kissed skin, Dries Van Noten’s kaleidoscopic prints come to life. Upon closer inspection, Bode’s abstract patterns reveal the brand’s lauded, intricate craftsmanship – the ideal accompaniment to a picturesque picnic setting.
The Woven Shirt
Luxurious fabrics reign this summer as brands prove their technical know-how. Oliver Spencer’s woven cotton short-sleeves play to the brands signature twist-on-a-classic aesthetic. Beams Plus’s focus on craft finishes means these are shirts you’ll want to touch. A Paul Smith shirt will never date – check out the new season fabric updates of the label’s most-popular silhouettes.
The Elevated Classic
Classic cuts taken to new heights, brands push the preppy aesthetic for summer 2021. In usual Lemaire style, the Parisian label removes all detailing and lets the silhouettes do the talking. Acne Studios’ ever-ironic take on tailoring is presented with a wink – note the brand’s new script logos, embroidered at the chest like a school shirt name tag.
The Linen Shirt
No longer the reserve of older gentlemen on the beach, the linen shirt takes on a new resonance with summer’s canny cuts and experimental prints. Breathable and beautifully textured, it’s easy packing for any upcoming trips. We love Maison Margiela’s elongated, tunic-style shirt over pale, minimalist tailoring.