They’re back and they’re cooler than ever. Here’s why...

Fashion’s underdog is making a stylish and welcome return this season (and just in time for the heatwave). After starting out its sartorial life as an edgy staple for the rebels of the 1950s and early 1960s ‒ Elvis Presley and Marlon Brando to name just two ‒ the short-sleeve shirt has had its fair share of ups and downs. However, this season (we’re pleased to report) it’s well and truly on the up: fits are slimmer, fabrics are lighter and designs are much, much cooler. Need a little inspiration? We look to the men who have worn them best.

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Gingham
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Gingham

Do like Sean Connery in Thunderball and throw an unbuttoned, coloured check shirt over your favourite swimming shorts for a nonchalant beachside look. Or, if you’re more paunch than pecs (it’s been a long winter), button it up and wear with shorts and sneakers for an easy weekend outfit.

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Linen

Super-soft, super-light and super-cool: nothing beats a linen shirt on a hot day. We say choose one in a pastel shade ‒ like our Horizontal Feeder Stripe Shirt ‒ for a contemporary update, then make like Marlon Brando and team yours with a pair of relaxed summer chinos (cat and typewriter optional).

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Farrah Fawcett

Blue

Crisp. Clean. Classic. There’s nothing more refreshing than a pale blue, short-sleeve shirt. Give yours a 1980s spin à la Richard Gere in American Gigolo by rolling up the sleeves and leaving a couple of buttons undone. Remember, no ties allowed ‒ think of it as a T-shirt that’s made a little more effort.

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