There’s nothing like a bit of warm weather to force us to rethink what we wear on a day-to-day basis and the weekend. The go-to jacket, those fail-safe trousers, that safe outfit you save for your downtime. Well, these choices may make you feel a little too hot under the collar right now. So switch it up a gear and embrace the sunshine with another key piece for your wardrobe – the summer shirt. Here’s how this vital piece of kit can freshen up your look and keep you cool when you head out this summer.At the weekend
You want to make the most of the weekend, which can mean a few loose plans in the diary. What starts off as a casual kick about can turn into a night in your local pub garden. At times like these, you want to look casually smart and in tune with the weather. Step in the printed short sleeve summer shirt. Casual enough to wear during the day but something you can get away with when the sun goes down. Just team it with casual tailored shorts and slip-on loafers.
On a night out
We all like to look good when we head out for the evening, and sweat, or to be more precise unsightly sweat patches, can ruin an outfit. Prevent yourself from overheating by wearing a short sleeve summer shirt. It’s cooler, more comfortable and the pattern will certainly liven up a summer’s evening. Make sure you wear with a neutral shade. Stick to a stone or navy chino, or smart indigo jeans to avoid colours clashing.
For date night
While it may feel a little adventurous for some, the smart-casual nature of the summer shirt can work to your advantage on date night. Firstly, you’ll feel less warm if it’s particularly hot outside. Secondly, a short sleeve shirt looks good with a pair of chinos. And finally, a bit of print can add personality and show you’re comfortable and confident. Again, keep your bottom half neutral. Then finish with a pair of loafers or slip-on plimsolls. You could also slip on a blazer or bomber depending on the location if it turns cool when the sun goes down.