The Short-Sleeve Oxford Spectrum

Styling Tip

Feel free to wear a tie and a lightweight cotton sportcoat over these shirts, or pair them with the perfect cotton suit.

By now, short-sleeve shirts are everywhere. Thanks to a rise in pattern popularity, a variety of woven shirts festooned with everything from floral prints to polka dots have had a lot of men less worried about baring some bicep this season. That doesn't mean you shouldn't have at least one solid option in your closet though. While a crisp short-sleeve white shirt may have some negative connotations of I.T. guys, you can't beat a tried-and-true washed blue color, or any other hue for that matter—even white. You've probably got more than a few long-sleeve options in your closet, so adding a short-sleeved version to your summertime rotation shouldn't be a problem. Here's a few to fit any budget.

ASOS, $33

A simple style with a shrunken collar and contrast tortoiseshell buttons.

American Apparel, $54

Available in six shades, this traditional fit shirt is made in Los Angeles.

Club Monaco, $70

Made of a lightweight fabric, these have preppy details and a button-down collar.


Topman, $40

This slim-fitting button-down has a rounded pocket and rolled-up sleeves.

J.Crew, $65

J.Crew uses a washing technique for a sun-faded, worn-in look and feel.

Hamilton 1883, $195

A lightweight American-made style with mother of pearl buttons and a flap pocket.


Published on

July 31, 2012

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