Whenever summer comes around, we always say that the best way to look put together despite the summer heat is to stick to nice, well-cut classic shirts.  However, lots of guys complain that wearing a shirt in the summer can sometimes be ‘too hot’ and that they would rather wear tees instead.  Well, we’re here to tell you that you’ve simply be wearing the wrong shirts, friends!  The key is all in the fabric.  Here, we’ve rounded up five of the must-have shirt styles every man needs to get himself through the summer in style.

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The Cotton Poplin – If there’s one work shirt you have to have in your summer wardrobe rotation, it’s a classic white poplin shirt, such as our ‘Zurich’ style.  By design, poplin fabric is a lightweight and very breathable style, making it perfect for summer wear.  Chances are, those photos you seen of sophisticated men looking stylish and comfortable in a suit in the height of summer were of them wearing a poplin shirt.  Do yourself a favor and get a couple made now.

 

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The Linen Work Shirt – Depending on your industry, if you work in an office that is a bit more relaxed, you can absolutely get away with wearing a linen shirt to work in the summer.  Make sure you opt for linens that are a bit thicker and sturdier, with a tighter weave; this makes them crisper and more substantial, therefore making them more appropriate for the workplace.  Wear it with a cotton or linen blazer and lightweight cotton chinos and you’re good to go to work.

 

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The Casual Linen Shirt – If your work doesn’t let you wear linen to the office during the week, then make sure you invest in a nice linen shirt to relax in on the weekend.  Casual linen shirts are typically made from a lightweight linen weave, giving them even more comfort and breathability.  Our favorite style of casual linen shirt is the linen safari shirt, such as our ‘Mombasa’ style.  Wear it with tailored cotton shorts to the beach or with chinos for a casual lunch on the weekend.

 

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The Oxford – A great shirt option for a semi-formal summer affair, the Oxford shirt is a hard-working style that can take you from a classy brunch with the family to a casual work dinner with colleagues to a garden wedding with friends.  An Oxford shirt is called such because of the style of weave it uses to make the shirt; it’s typically a more robust fabric that is still breathable, but definitely heavier than a poplin style.  We like pairing it with cotton trousers and suede shoes for a semi-formal event.

 

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A Pop of Color – There truly is never a better time to introduce some brighter colors into your wardrobe than during the summer.  We like the way a bright colored shirt looks in the summer sun when worn with a cotton suit to work, or even paired with cotton trousers or shorts on the weekend.  Choose a color that you feel comfortable in; be in pink, purple, turquoise or red.  Keep the rest of your look neutral in beige or grey.