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From breezy linen to vibrant prints, your ultimate guide to staying cool and stylish under the sun

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As the mercury soars and the sun-drenched days stretch on, it’s time to turn our sartorial eye to the essential summer staple: the men’s shirt. Nothing screams summer more than a well-cut, stylish shirt that manages to keep you cool under the collar. This year, trends are taking a nod from the classics, with categories like camp collar shirts, Hawaiian prints and linen shirts making a stylish comeback.

At Pillow Magazine, we’re bringing you the best men’s shirts to buy this summer, tapping into those timeless categories that have proven their worth in the heat. Think easy, breezy linens for that refined weekend look, vibrant Hawaiian prints for your bold statement pieces, and relaxed camp collar shirts when you want that balance between laid-back and presentable. Get ready as we’re about to dive headfirst into the world of summer shirts, helping you navigate the season in style.

Camp collar shirts for unbuttoned elegance

The best summer shirts for men to buy this summer

The camp-collar shirts, the cheeky chaps of summer fashion, made quite the splash at last summer’s vibrant mix of beach parties, open-air gigs, and laid-back garden gatherings. As we dive into this summer, we find that these cool cats are not just sticking around; they’re owning the scene.

Unapologetically bold prints – the calling card of these shirts – are evolving, taking on a life of their own. Borrowing a leaf from the evolution of the ever-fashionable souvenir jackets, these prints are getting bolder, edgier, and a tad more whimsical with each passing day.

The charm of an old-school tropical print never fades, but this summer, we’re drawn towards the offbeat and the quirky.

The charm of an old-school tropical print never fades, but this summer, we’re drawn towards the offbeat and the quirky. Some high-end labels have stolen the spotlight with their dreamy, abstract motifs. However, it’s worth noting that you might not spot these designs at your high street favourites. Fear not, though; these brands have come up with their own style statement: big, brash stripes, a nostalgic nod to the ’80s.

Whether you’re a camp-collar shirt aficionado or just getting started, this is the summer to dive in. Will the trend be around next summer? Who knows! But it’s here now, and it’s hot. So, surrender to the playful appeal of the camp-collar shirt, and give your summer style that extra oomph!

Camp Collar Shirt by AMI PARIS

Camp Collar Shirt by AMI PARIS

AMI’s Camp Collar Hearts Shirt, a creation by renowned designer Alexandre Mattiussi, offers a luxe twist to the classic summer shirt with its bold, graphic edge print. The shirt, featuring a timeless Cuban silhouette, is crafted from 100% cotton and boasts practical details like a button-down front and chest pocket.

£230, visit AMI PARIS

Solid Camp Shirt by COACH

Basking in a vibrant Sun Orange hue, this lightweight camp shirt by COACH adds a pop of colour to your summer wardrobe. Its classic button-down silhouette, crafted from crisp cotton sateen, features a traditional pointed collar and an embroidered brand name on the chest pocket for a refined touch. Pair this lively piece with matching shorts for a striking, coordinated look.

£175, visit COACH

Solid Camp Shirt by COACH
Camp Collar Seersucker Shirt by COS

Camp Collar Seersucker Shirt by COS

Cloaked in an elegant Light Grey, this short-sleeved shirt by COS is a summer essential. The brand’s design team smartly chose seersucker, known for its breathability and lightweight feel, perfect for warm-weather days. Cut for a relaxed fit, it includes an open camp collar and a utilitarian patch pocket. With its versatile muted grey shade, this shirt is ready to pair seamlessly with anything in your wardrobe.

£59, visit COS

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S/S Black Jack Shirt by Carhartt WIP

S/S Black Jack Shirt by Carhartt WIP

The S/S Black Jack Shirt from Carhartt WIP takes a playful approach to summer styling with its unique motif of a cowboy riding a horse. Crafted in a fluid cotton-lyocell fabric for added softness, this loose-fit shirt, complete with a camp collar, buttoned front and a chest pocket, perfectly embodies a relaxed yet bold aesthetic. It’s a surefire conversation starter for any summer gathering.

£100, visit Carhartt WIP

A tropical twist: Hawaiian print shirts

The best summer shirts for men to buy this summer

Nothing embodies the carefree spirit of summer better than the vibrantly printed Hawaiian shirts. As we dive deeper into this sun-drenched season, it’s time to embrace these colourful icons of laid-back style, whether you’re planning your next sun-soaked vacation or simply adding a tropical touch to your everyday attire.

Hawaiian shirts, also known as Aloha shirts, traditionally feature floral prints, short sleeves, and a collar, embodying the joyous mood of the Hawaiian culture. Born in Hawaii in the 1920s or 1930s, it’s believed that these shirts were created when Japanese women began adapting kimono fabric for men’s shirts. Their popularity began to surge among tourists visiting the islands, reaching new heights in the mid-1930s when celebrities started embracing the trend.

With a wide range of print patterns available, there’s a Hawaiian shirt for everyone. Whether you’re a fan of the traditional floral prints or fancy a modern spin on this classic, it’s time to dive in and explore the enduring charm of these summer staples.

Tropic Shirt by Portuguese Flannel

Tropic Shirt by Portuguese Flannel

This Hawaiian print shirt by Portuguese Flannel offers a refreshing style note to your summer wardrobe. Evoking the beach club vibes with its vibrant tropical palm print, this piece is thoughtfully cut from a comfortable linen and cotton blend, complete with a convertible collar for versatile style statements.

£125, visit Portuguese Flannel

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Custom Slim Tropical-Print Terry Shirt by Polo Ralph Lauren

Our pick from Polo Ralph Lauren delivers a vintage-inspired nod to the 1940s Hawaiian aesthetic. Crafted from 100% viscose, the shirt features unique prints from 13 Japanese rotaries, coconut buttons, and has undergone a heavy laundering process to ensure utmost softness. Donned in the colour “Hawaiian Beach Bazaar”, this regular-fit piece is a tropical delight ready to make waves this summer.

£155, visit Fenwick

Custom Slim Tropical-Print Terry Shirt by Polo Ralph Lauren

Banana Leaf Cuba Terry Shirt by OAS

Hailing from Stockholm and crafted in Portugal, OAS’s Banana Leaf Cuba Terry Shirt encapsulates the spirit of summer with its matcha-hued banana leaf print. This resort-collared piece, tailored from 100% breathable jacquard-woven cotton, offers a relaxed and true-to-size fit, promising to become your go-to for the sun-drenched days ahead.

£110, visit Stuarts London

Palm Tree-print Short-sleeve Shirt by PT Torino

The PT Torino’s short-sleeve shirt presents a tropical escape on fabric with its vivid palm tree print set against a pale beige backdrop. Characterised by its camp collar, front button fastening, and straight hem, this piece effortlessly marries comfort with chic summer style.

£272, visit Farfetch

Palm Tree-print Short-sleeve Shirt by PT Torino

Linen shirts: summer’s chic answer to stay cool and classy

The best summer shirts for men to buy this summer

If there’s one fabric that truly epitomises the spirit of summer, it’s linen. The crisp, breathable material has been a staple in men’s wardrobes for centuries. Linen shirts aren’t just about airy comfort, they have a flair of sophistication that makes them perfect for those sun-soaked escapades, from a relaxing week on a yacht in St Tropez to an elegant evening in Capri.

The lightweight weave keeps you cool when the sun is blazing, while its nonchalant elegance effortlessly elevates your style quotient.

Linen has an enviable duality – it’s both timelessly classic and incredibly versatile. The lightweight weave keeps you cool when the sun is blazing, while its nonchalant elegance effortlessly elevates your style quotient.

A linen shirt can be the mainstay of any summer wardrobe. It’s a chic yet casual choice that pairs perfectly with a summer tan and the smell of the sea air. So whether you’re enjoying a sundowner on a luxury yacht or strolling through the bustling streets of your city, our selection of the best men’s linen shirts has got you covered.

Floral-embroidered Linen Shirt by HARAGO

Floral-embroidered Linen Shirt by HARAGO

Crafted in India, HARAGO’s white linen shirt is a perfect embodiment of subtle sophistication and masterful craftsmanship. The shirt boasts intricate blue floral motifs, hand-embroidered by artisans in the brand’s Jaipur atelier, bringing an artisanal touch to your summer ensemble.

£360, visit MATCHES

Nettle Cuban Linen Shirt by Percival

The Nettle Cuban Linen Shirt by Percival offers a distinctive texture and a unique aesthetic to your summer wardrobe. Made from 100% linen and boasting a brick hue, this shirt features a Cuban collar, a chest pocket, and sustainable coconut buttons. The shirt’s custom nettle knit detail on the front placket further enhances its appeal, making it an innovative take on summer dressing.

£149, visit Percival

Nettle Cuban Linen Shirt by Percival
Tiki Shirt by Loro Piana

Tiki Shirt by Loro Piana

Inspired by relaxed beach days, the Tiki Shirt by Loro Piana exemplifies a new perspective on summertime elegance. Crafted in Italy from a naturally fresh, featherlight yarn, this optical white linen bowling shirt features a unique chevron weave and is treated with a soft aloe finish to resist wrinkles and offer a flowing drape. This versatile piece seamlessly combines comfort and sophistication, promising to become an essential part of any summer wardrobe.

£625, visit Loro Piana

Milan 17 Linen Navy Shirt by Derek Rose

Milan 17 Linen Navy Shirt by Derek Rose

Derek Rose’s linen shirt pairs durability with ever-increasing softness, promising a garment that gets better with each wear. Crafted from breathable pure linen, this shirt ensures optimum coolness and comfort even in the warmest of climates. Boasting a modern U-shaped breast pocket with a convenient sunglass loop, mother of pearl buttons, and a ‘locker’ loop at the back, this shirt balances functionality with style. Its curved back yoke with a box-pleat and curved hem with side vents ensure ease of movement, making it a perfect choice for summer comfort and chic.

£280, visit Derek Rose

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