Summer shirt

Summer is, technically, here… and there’s no bigger a sign of balmy days than the humble shirt. We take a took at 6 ways you can wear a shirt this summer.

We’ve put together a list of some of the best summer shirts – and what you should wear with them – to kick off the season.

The Work Thing You Couldn’t Get Out Of Shirt

Plain White Small Cutaway Collared Shirt
Plain White Small Cutaway Collared Shirt

I have no idea how many jobs require ties these days, but if you’ve got an important work thing, consider your tie your main accessory (just make sure your flatmate didn’t replace your sensible ones with the leopard print again) and wear a simple shirt. Cufflinks optional although I’ve kind of always liked seeing quirky ones, especially in stuffy environments.

The Pink Shirt

pink contrast casual oxford short sleeve shirt
pink contrast casual oxford short sleeve shirt

Real men wear pink. Is that from a perfume advert? Regardless, it’s true (naysayers: pink used to be a ‘working man’s colour’ and seen as ‘warlike’). Pink shirts add life to whatever your wearing without the need for ostentatious hats or weird socks, and work in all smart-casual settings, from barbecues to beach days.

The Smart Dude Who Got Dressed in Five Minutes Shirt

Navy blue short sleeve Oxford shirt
Navy blue short sleeve Oxford shirt

If in doubt, wear a navy shirt. Everyone suits it, it hides stains and is lighter than plain black. Bonus points if you wear clean-but-well-worn jeans, slightly scuffed boots and an immaculate hairdo.

The Meeting Your Partner’s Parents Shirt

 Tommy Hilfiger Norbert Check Slim Fit Long Sleeve Shirt

Tommy Hilfiger Norbert Check Slim Fit Long Sleeve Shirt

Okay so this can be tough because there’s a chance the in-laws will vehemently hate you or eternally love you regardless of your appearance, because you stole/rescued their son/daughter from a lifetime of parental servitude/loneliness. But just in case they’re open-minded, go for something smart and sensible without looking like a corporate lawyer (especially if they are corporate lawyers, unless of course you also want to join the family business). Try long sleeves – for God’s sake do your ironing – and accessorise with a haircut and clean shoes.

The Embarrass Your Family Shirt

Orange Hawaiian Shirt
Orange Hawaiian Shirt

Everyone needs a Hawaiian shirt, and everyone needs to wear it with Hawaiian shorts around the fashion-conscious members of their family at least once – especially if they won’t be able to stop talking about how unfashionable you are. This is also a good litmus test for finding out if your perspective partner’s in-laws have a sense of humour, if the first meeting left you unsure.

The Barbecue You Forgot You Were Going To Shirt

Primark Blue Tile Print Short Sleeve Shirt
Primark Blue Tile Print Short Sleeve Shirt

Just head to Primark, pick something you like but won’t mind staining with bits of charred burger and wear chino shorts. Take a cardigan because it will rain.

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