Like the optimum length of short inseam, what constitutes the perfect summer shirt is a topic of great contention. At least it is in the Highsnobiety office.
Collar, color, and the just-right amount of “awkward sleeve” were all factors that weighed heavy upon our search for the ultimate summer shirt, conducted on an international Highsnob zoom recently — you know, back at the important stuff.
What that perfect shirt looks like, well, that’s still in dispute. But below is our editors’ attempt to find it. From Bode button-downs to ruffle moments via the “holy trinity of dress shirts,” you’ll find our thoughts on some of this summer’s best shirts.
Scroll for our editors’ thoughts on some of this season’s standout summer shirts for men.
Christopher Morency, Editor-at-Large: “This is a beautiful shirt. This is a classic. You could pair this with shorts, you could layer this, you could pair this with black pants, with sandals, with sneakers. This is a good purchase.”
Louis: Bowling shirts are an eternal summer essential. This one comes with a bandana.
Jake Indiana, Senior Features Editor: “It’s beautiful tailoring. But you can’t wear that color in the summer without it just being covered in bugs.”
Malaika Crawford, Market Editor: “This is a McDonald’s yellow right?”
Thom Bettridge, Editor-in-Chief: “The thing about McDonald’s colors is they were designed to make people not want to stay in the restaurant.”
Malaika: “Maybe I don’t want people to talk to me.”
Jake: “I can really see Corey in that shirt.”
Corey Stokes, Fashion Director: “It’s a beautiful shirt.”
Louis Almond, Style Editor: “There’s something quite virusy about this one. It’s making me uneasy.”
Rihanna Matthews, Market Edtior: “It just reminds me of being on shrooms.”
Thom: “I think ruffles are having a moment right now.”
Herbert Hofmann, Creative Director: “I wouldn’t know how to wear this without looking ludicrous.”
Corey: “Oh my god — oversized with like a nice wide leg.”
Thom: “White, baby blue, and pink. Those are the holy trinity of dress shirt colors.”
Corey: “I would go up a size if I was purchasing this for sure. Because the sleeves look definitely too short.”
Thom: “It looks a little bit like a shacket. I think this is actually a shacket.”
Jake: “It’s a little children’s hospital but I don’t hate it.
Malaika: “It’s cute. It reminds me of children’s fairytales.
Thom: “I went to a Valentino show and there was an all-white dress code, and when I got to the show it looked like we were all going to commit mass suicide.”
Malaika: “Very Midsommar.”
Thom: “Yeah it’s that vibe. What I like about this shirt is that it has that perfect awkward sleeve length.”
Jake: “It’s a little too ‘We Are the World.'”
Thom: “I like it. This is postmodernism at its finest.”
Corey: “I feel like the commercial version needs to be a little less stringy.”
Thom: “Imagine dipping one of those things in your Aperol Spritz.”
Christopher: “Harry Styles wears all this stuff.”
Thom: “This is cheaper than the Prada shirt.”
Christopher: “Back to the Prada — where did you find it? Because I might actually buy that shirt.”
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