Summer Shirting: The Complete Short Sleeve Button Up Guide

Why Buy A Short-Sleeved Shirt?

To put it simply, a short-sleeved button-up is a must-have garment for the warmer months. It’s relaxed and breezy in a way that its long-sleeved counterpart is not, and makes light work of some of the summer’s most difficult-to-dress-for situations.

But short sleeve shirts haven’t always had the best reputation when it comes to style. They spent years typecast as something IT guys wore. Or that groups of portly dads donned when they finally managed to peel away from their families for a night out with the lads.

Thankfully, the world has since had its eyes opened to the numerous benefits of the short-sleeved shirt. As a result, there’s now a dizzying amount of choice on offer, and most top-name brands now offer at least a few as part of their spring/summer collections.


Buying Considerations

Before you go diving headlong into the proverbial mountain of short sleeve button-ups available, there are a few things to consider. In order to get the garment that best suits your needs, taste and frame it’s good to take a step back and give the following points some thought.



Fit. Is. Everything. That applies to pretty much any garment you could think of, but it goes double for shirts. Of course, there are different cuts out there and not all of them should fit in the same way. However, with the exception of deliberately oversized, boxy shirts, the general rule is that the seams should sit neatly on the shoulders and the hemline should sit a couple of inches below your waist.



There’s not much opportunity for playing with texture when it comes to summer shirting, but there is some. Oxford cloth, poplin and linen are the most popular fabrics for short-sleeved shirts, with the latter being the lightest, breeziest and most tactile.



This is where the fun starts. Sure, there are plenty of understated, block-colour options that look great, but there’s also a lot of scope for getting jazzy. From dark florals to Hawaiian prints – a short-sleeve shirt (particularly a Cuban collar one) is the perfect vehicle through which to exhibit some flair and personality. Just make sure to keep everything else in your outfit subtle and toned down.


As we’ve mentioned already, a short-sleeve shirt can be a great tool for bringing a splash of colour and character to an outfit. This is best achieved through prints and patterns. A patterned design can really bring an outfit to life, and if you’re not a fan of in-your-face prints, there are plenty of subtle options out there too.


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