A Bold Shirt
Upgrades Your Whole Summer Look

The best short-sleeve patterned men's summer shirts

A Bold Shirt Upgrades Your Whole Summer Look

The best patterned shirts
for summer make everyday feel like vacation

For years, short sleeve button down shirts had a bad reputation. But then brands began stepping up their short-sleeve game and stylish early adopters started taking notice. Throwback patterns, retro tropical prints and bright, textured solids are back in a big way and the collars are evolving, giving us more options than ever.

Which means now, more than ever, is the time to step out of your comfort zone. Helping our cause? The best brands are all on board so the spectrum from punk to prep leaves enough overlap for every style to find some representation.

Picking the right shirt is going to be about context: what you're wearing it with, and where you'll be seen. Happy hour patios shouldn't get the same flouncy, floral arrangement as the beach, and don't let the rest of your sartorial selection that day ruin a good thing. Don't ruin what's on top with what's on the bottom: please, keep shorts at or above the knees. And don't be afraid to pair these bold prints with tailored pants or even a suit for a casual summer wedding.

But these shirts take a little confidence. If you feel the shirt is too loud, imagine running into your ex while wearing it - if that's enough to make you second guess your decision then maybe it's time to scale it back. Other than that, just have fun with it and fell free to bare arms.

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Summer's Boldest Options

Gitman Bros. Vintage Brick Dot Camp Collar Shirt

Brick dot camp collar shirt,
$205 by Gitman Bros. Vintage

Todd Snyder Tie-Dye Seersucker Shirt

Spray-dyed Italian seersucker? Cool. Those patch pockets? Even cooler.

Tie-dye seersucker shirt,
$158 by Todd Snyder

Jacquemus Resort Collar Shirt

Resort collar shirt,
$228 by Jacquemus

Todd Snyder Olive Palm Camp Collar Shirt

Olive palm camp collar shirt,
$158 by Todd Snyder

Life After Denim Daintree Camp Collar Shirt

Daintree camp collar shirt,
$118 by Life After Denim

Lacoste Linen Button-Down

Keeping them unbuttoned and untucked makes an outfit feel cool and relaxed

Linen button-down,
$135 by Lacoste

Club Monaco Button-Down Morning Glory Shirt

Button-down morning glory shirt,
$79.50 / $59.50 by Club Monaco

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Saturdays NYC Camp Collar Tencel Shirt

The fabric is lightweight and silky smooth

Camp collar tencel shirt,
$185 by Saturdays NYC

Onia Luca Printed Shirt

Luca printed shirt,
$150 by Onia

Polo Ralph Lauren Camp Seersucker Button-Down

Camp seersucker button-down,
$98.50 by Polo Ralph Lauren

Bonobos Limited-Edition Cabana Collar Shirt

Limited-edition cabana collar shirt,
$88 by Bonobos

Far Afield Modazz Selleck Shirt

Modazz Selleck shirt,
$110 by Far Afield

AllSaints Fuyugi Hawaiian Shirt

Fuyugi Hawaiian shirt,
$130 by AllSaints

Obey York Dot Printed Shirt

York dot printed shirt,
$62 by Obey

J.Crew American Pima Cotton Oxford

American pima cotton Oxford,
$45 by J.Crew

Reyn Spooner Patchwork Stripe Button-Down

Patchwork stripe button-down,
$98 by Reyn Spooner

How to Iron a Shirt

Maintenance Tip

The lightweight nature of these shirts mean that after laundering, they will likely need to be ironed. But don't worry. We've asked the experts for a detailed, yet uncomplicated guide to the perfectly ironed shirt. Here's how they do it.

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