10 best men’s summer shirts

While summer wardrobes gone by may have been all about the t-shirt, for 2021, the summer shirt is taking over. Take your cues from dads in Hawaiian shirts the world over and embrace tropical prints, brights and ‘70s patchwork this year. And for those feeling less adventurous, softer yellows and breezy stripes are also on offer. Keep reading for our pick of the best men’s summer shirts that’ll get your warm-weather wardrobe all ironed out. 


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1. Peachy keen

Ted Baker Udon Ss Camp Collar Shirt


In a deft move, this shirt ticks the retro ‘90s trend, which is officially A Thing this summer, and the uplifting sun-in-a-bottle look is the very reason to wear a summery shirt in the first place. We’re voting with our wallet.

Ted Baker, Udon Ss Camp Collar Shirt, £51.00


2. One of a kind

Paul Smith Spray Logo Shirt


The trick with summer shirting is not looking like every other guy at said festival and no way is that easier than with a printed shirt. Paul Smith; the classic British brand can do no worng. Winner.

Paul Smith, Spray Logo Shirt, £270.00


3. Stripe right

Polo Ralph Lauren Heton Grandad Collar Stripe Shirt


Striped shirts, carelessly half tucked, featured heavily in the Spring/Summer 2021 catwalks. In real life, the trend has a slight tendency to look not so much high fashion as highly forgetful, so we recommend a toe-in-the-water approach to this one. Choose a formfitting but multi-coloured striped shirt with a classic button-up collar.

Polo Ralph Lauren Poplin Cuban Shirt, £109.00


4. Jungle display

Just Cavalli Python Print Shirt


The saying ‘fashion is art’ is immortalised in this delightful monochrome shirt, the print of which could well feature in the fauna section of your local museum – which is always a good thing, trust us. Pair with chinos when you’re working hard and dark denim when you’re hardly working.

Just Cavalli, Python Print Shirt, £159.00


5. Check mate

Fred Perry Check Shirt

The patterned shirt doesn’t have to be a weekend-only joy, but rather, add a little printed magic into your daily get-ups with a work-appropriate b&w print. If work itself gets boring, you can always ponder whether your shirt is white with a black pattern or black with a white pattern and other such sartorial musings.

Fred Perry, Check Shirt, £75.00


6. Bloomin' lovely

Ted Baker Runslo Ss Squiggle Print Shirt


Ah, the botanical shirt. The one that slipped from the back of the costume store to Instagram feeds in a matter of summers. Go bold or go home, right? If, like us, you live by that mantra, choose this subtle, colour-popping number that’ll make even the ‘gram light up.   

Ted Baker, Runslo Ss Squiggle Print Shirt, £85.00


7. Patchwork pieces

Ted Baker Relaxx Ss Patchwork Print Shirt


Everyone’s favourite ‘70s throwback, patchwork, is back in a big way this summer. If patchwork itself feels a bit too much then we recommend a touch of ombre which will bring that breezy, nostalgic style to your ensembles in a more sophisticated way.

Ted Baker, Relaxx Ss Patchwork Print Shirt, £95.00


8. Wild side

Versace Parrot Shirt


A prime example of the perfect Cuban collar shirt, this Versace number is a) bright b) cool c) features a bold tiger pattern which, to be honest, is exactly what we’re looking for in a look-at-me and then look closer statement shirt. Wear on repeat.

Versace, Parrot Shirt, £145.00


9. Hello birdie

Hugo Efab Short Sleeve Shirt


This shirt is your printed shirt but on mute. Beautifully toned-down, the painterly bird print is subtle enough for work events but interesting enough that you’ll never be accused of being a wardrobe wallflower.

Hugo, Efab Short Sleeve Shirt, £129.00


10. Paisley prince

Pepe Jeans Printed Shirt


Summer in the office, let’s face it, can be grim. While you may stare longingly out the window, let not your wardrobe be another hot-weather regret by choosing a cool, breezy shirt. A soft pattern makes going sans tie feel totally natural and can be paired as easily with chinos as with tailored shorts if your office dress code so allows.

Pepe Jeans, Printed Shirt, £47.00