Whether you're heading away on holiday or staying closer to home, there's no better time to shake up your wardrobe. We're not talking a complete overhaul here, just a few items to refresh your style. One of the easiest places to start is the shirt department. From classic Oxfords to linen print, we've pulled together the best Summer shirts to buy and wear now.
The foolproof Oxford
Whether for work or the weekend, an Oxford shirt will never let you down. Distinctive in style, thanks to the basket-weave fabric, but totally versatile, you can wear one with jeans, chinos or layered over a t-shirt with shorts. You'll usually find that an Oxford has a button-down collar which means you can forgo a tie and look casually smart throughout Summer.
The sound check
Yes, a check shirt may be a classic during the colder months but don't rule it out for Summer. From small neat checks to larger squares, a check shirt will bring colour to your wardrobe. Try a short sleeve version teamed with a pair of jeans or chinos when you're off-duty. Or a long sleeve style worn over a t-shirt with chino shorts on your hols.
The linen mix
To keep cool when the temperature rises, reach for more natural fibres such as a linen mix. These tend to be more breathable, wicking away the sweat so you don't overheat. A plain linen shirt is a useful addition to your holiday wardrobe or you could always try a short sleeve version in print teamed with chino shorts or chinos.
The Summer print
Even if a tropical destination is not on the cards, you can still take advantage of the warmer weather in a Summer print. From florals and the tropics to this season's leaf designs, you can choose to be subtle or bold. Just remember to keep the bottom half simple and pull off prints in style.
The white shirt
Freshen up your style instantly in a white shirt. Whether you choose to layer it over a vest or simply with khaki chinos, chino shorts or jeans, you're guaranteed to look good in a crisp white shirt. Mix up the material this Summer, and try a linen mix. It'll keep you cool when the temperature soars and act as a welcome layer after dark.