Continuing our discussion on menswear from Monday, this is a great time to bring up short sleeve shirts. Now, people have mixed feelings on short sleeve shirts of the button down variety, but as someone who doesn’t wear menswear I don’t see the problem. I suppose there are many stereotypes that come with different short sleeve button downs, like they’re only for blue collar workers or gang members, or preppy d-bags who wear them on sailboats, or hipsters with beards who only drink craft beer. Did I cover all the bases? Well, throw those out the window because short sleeve button down shirts are great, especially during summer.
When you go out and want to look nice what do you wear? A t-shirt? A polo shirt? A long-sleeve button down? Can we please stop thinking that a polo shirt is a sufficient choice for a nice restaurant. Same goes for graphic tees. A graphic tee with a metallic design is not night out material. And if you’re planning on wearing a long sleeve button down on a hot summer evening then that’s just silly because um, it’s freaking hot out! Keep those pit stains at home and step up your dressing game. Get a short sleeve button down, if only for those times where you’re standing in your closet wondering what to wear to a slightly dressy event and a t-shirt won’t do.
What’s awesome about shopping for short sleeved button down shirts in the middle of summer is that a lot of them are on sale. J.Crew has a ton of short sleeved options and all the J.Crew shirts featured here are 40% off this weekend with code: SUMMERSALE. Also, both Ralph Lauren options are on sale, and the BOSS shirt, but you should note that Nordstrom is having their Anniversary Sale right now so be sure to check out their selection of short sleeve button down shirts. If you’re looking to add a few short sleeve shirts to your wardrobe, now is the time.
J.Crew Short-Sleeve Chambray Popover Shirt in Palm Tree Print – I think it’s time to add this color to your wardrobe, we all have enough blues and greens, let’s add some pink. The palm print and casual (but not too casual) cut are great for a low-key summer night.
GLOBE ‘Monstera’ Trim Fit Short Sleeve Print Poplin Shirt – This leafy tropical print is the perfect summer print and always will be. It’s classic and gorgeous.
J.Crew Secret Wash Short-Sleeve Shirt in Indigo – If you want to try the denim trend, go for a bold indigo wash like this one. The indigo will fade and get more complex over time.
Ralph Lauren Floral Short-Sleeved Shirt – This is a perfect floral. It’s moody and romantic and masculine enough to easily pull off with jeans.
J.Crew Short-Sleeve Shirt in Authentic Navy Floral – While this is technically a floral print, it kind of looks like autumn leaves. A nice touch for the transition into fall weather.
Ralph Lauren Floral Poplin Sport Shirt – Don’t knock a floral til you’ve tried it, especially a muted version in a nice, flattering blue.
BOSS ‘Marco’ Slim Fit Short Sleeve Sport Shirt – You can’t tell from here but the fabric is actually tiny different colored blue stripes which gives it a really beautiful textured look.
New Look Short Sleeve Shirt in Reverse Bright Floral – The tropical floral with the black background is a classic but this kind of inside out look gives it an edgier, more skate-punk vibe.