Gone are the days of ill-fitting short-sleeved shirts that we’d associate more with our postman than top fashion designers.
Given a new lease of life by both high-end brands and high street retailers, modern iterations are sleek, stylish and practical, making them the ideal option when you want to look smart but stay cool as temperatures rise.
From plain options to boldly printed styles, re-embrace the short-sleeved shirt this summer with our countdown of the best on the market.
1. J.Crew Secret Wash Short Sleeve Band Collar Chambray Shirt
Nothing says summertime like a soft chambray shirt. This option from American retailer J.Crew has a relaxed, laid-back vibe, with a short band collar and contrasting buttons making it a stylish throw on piece for everyday wear.
Try it with a pair of tailored shorts or layered under a casual blazer to experience its full versatility.
Available at J.Crew, priced £78.
2. A.P.C. Biarritz Shirt
If you can’t actually make it to the coast this summer, don’t panic – this cotton shirt from Parisian label A.P.C. will transport you there in an instant.
Featuring an all-over sailing boat motif, it’s ideal for more playful fashion fans.
Team with slim white chinos and leather deck shoes to emphasise its nautical feel.
Available at END Clothing, priced £129.
3. ASOS Shirt With Engineered Stripe
For a more subtle touch of print, we’re turning to this contemporary option by ASOS. Crafted from soft-touch cotton and finished with two contrasting mid stripes, it straddles the line between simple and statement-making.
Plus, if you’re not so keen on skin-tight fits, you’ll appreciate the slightly fuller cut.
Available at ASOS, priced £22.
4. Hentsch Man Printed Cotton-Poplin Short-Sleeved Shirt
Here’s one to put straight into your holiday suitcase.
A modern update on the ostentatious Hawaiian shirts of the past, this leaf effect option from London-based label Hentsch Man brings the class back to floral prints – something the brand has proved itself a master of since its 2008 launch.
Available at Mr Porter, priced £90.
5. Cos Short-Sleeved Denim Shirt
Most of us will already own a denim shirt, but a lightweight short-sleeved option for summer never goes amiss.
This light wash iteration by Cos features all the brand’s hallmarks: sharp silhouette, clean lines and minimal detailing. The perfect non-fuss top for warm days and balmy nights.
Team with selvedge jeans for an on-point double denim look this season.
Available at COS, priced £49.
6. Topman White Zag Stripe Short Sleeve Shirt
Light and airy, but with added pops of colour, this Topman shirt feels understated yet striking in equal measures.
Despite the slightly eighties zigzag print, soft shades and the slick cut bring it back to the present day, with the roll up sleeves and small collar ensuring it stays firmly out of throwback territory.
Available at Topman, priced £28.
7. Club Monaco Button-Down Collar Striped Linen Shirt
Linen is an essential addition to any warm-weather wardrobe, with the breathable fabric the only sane choice for those sweltering high summer days.
This 100 per cent linen polo/popover shirt hybrid by Canadian label club Monaco features subtle woven stripe detailing and contrasting white buttons for a Riviera feel.
Available at Mr Porter, priced £90.
8. Uniqlo Geometric Printed Short Sleeve Shirt
This may seem like your average checked shirt, but look a little closer and you’ll see small star prints interspersing the navy grid.
Adding a playful twist to a wardrobe classic, Uniqlo has produced a design that doesn’t go overboard with pattern, but will definitely stand out from the crowd.
Available at Uniqlo, priced £19.90.
9. Acne Studios Ody Striped Cotton-Poplin Shirt
Lovers of Scandinavian minimalism and retro styles alike will find themselves enamoured with this individual option by Acne Studios.
Fusing a maritime feel with a classic workwear silhouette, this on-trend Cuban collar shirt is sure to appeal to the more adventurous, discerning dresser.
Wear with slim-cut jeans and trainers for a smart daytime look.
Available at Mr Porter, priced £250.
10. Reiss Redmayne Short Sleeve Shirt
If you’re going to be spending more time in the office than at the beach this summer, this smart shirt by Reiss is a wardrobe must-have.
The rich berry shade will bring just enough colour to those lunchtime meetings, while the short sleeves and cotton form will keep you cool in any situation.
Available at Reiss, priced £69.