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Men’s Summer Fashion Shirts

For summer fashion, a good rule-of-thumb for shirt fabrics is to opt for natural fibers over synthetic ones. Synthetics tend to trap in moisture rather than release it freely, restricting breathability and sweat dispersion through clothing.  Fabric weave, weight, and cut matter as well, with looser, lighter fabrics allowing heat to escape. Though cotton reigns supreme in essentially all pillars of men’s summer style, we’ve outlined a few on-trend pieces that’ll give your summer wardrobe a boost this season.

Left to right, top to bottom: Uniqlo Washed Striped Tee, Jomers Italian Short Sleeve Floral, L. L. Bean Henley, Gitman Olive OCBD, White Linen Shirt, Batch Chambray Shirt

Chambray Shirt

No man’s summer shirting arsenal is complete without a garment made from chambray, a lightweight plain-weave fabric. Though visually similar to denim, chambray shirts retain the breathable and moisture-wicking properties of lighter fabrics, which make it ideal for spring and summer weather. Chambray comes in a few colors, though it’s always woven with a white thread to give it more of a pastel sheen. Stick with light blue (the classic), white, or light red for men’s summer fashion.

Linen Shirt

Effortlessly stylish in its simplicity, linen shirts remain a decisive summer essential.  Linen comes from fibers of the flax plant, creating a strong, absorbent, and quick-drying material — perfect for summer! However, linen wrinkles much easier than thicker fabrics, but it’s totally expected and helps create more casual, comfortable men’s summer outfits. Linen is very breathable, so we recommend long sleeve button downs in favor of the short sleeves. Shoot for olive, white, off-white, and light blue shirts.

Seersucker Shirt

There’s no fabric quite as synonymous with summer quite like seersucker, a puckered cotton that sits away from the skin.  The rippling in the material allows the body to be kept cooler, which is why it’s often ubiquitous with humid climates.  Traditionally a thin pattern of stripes, “railway stripes” are woven into the fabric, but you can also get seersucker in solids and fun patterns as well. Seersucker falls more towards the preppier side of men’s summer style, so be sure it’s a good fit for your wardrobe.

Slim T-shirt

Donald Glover rockin’ a simple t-shirt on stage

Nothing’s more versatile in the summer than a well-fitting, comfortable lightweight tee.  Opt for shirts that feel lightweight yet strong, and aren’t too see-through when you pull your hand up from the underside. Stripes are fun without being too loud, and solid light colors like sage (light green) and persimmon (burnt orange) add character to your wardrobe without skewing too dark for the sun’s rays. You don’t need to go overboard with designer shirts; inexpensive tees from Uniqlo, J Crew, or Jomers will do just fine. Looking for the perfect summer shirt? Check out our post on the best cheap T-shirt for men.

Short Sleeve Henley

While their long-sleeved counterparts are a staple for any fall and winter wardrobe, a short-sleeve henley can add some variety to the typical line-up of t-shirts. Henleys draw most of their design from a typical tee, adding 3-4 buttons for some more character.

Men’s Summer Pants

The perfect summer pants unite fit with fabric, resulting in a pant that disperses heat without limiting movement. 2020 men’s summer fashion trends favor looser fitting trousers made from linen or cotton, while skinnier fits and thicker fabrics get a break. Even with the rising heat, a few pairs of weather-friendly trousers are a must-have for nights out on the town and breezier days.


Shorts can often be a touchy subject, with some men swearing by the sky’s-out-thighs-out mentality while the other end of the spectrum has enough cargo pockets to supply a battalion. When it comes to men’s summer shorts, aim for a middle-ground between too short and too long. There’s no magic number when it comes to inseam length, as every guy is built differently. As a good rule-of-thumb, you’ll want your shorts to end just above your knee. Your thigh should have a few inches of clearance between the short fabric. Remember, you want your shorts to be form-fitting, not form-defining (leave something for the imagination, gents)!

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