SUMMER STOCK-UP 4: SHIRTS
Grabbed your “summer clothes” bin out of the back of your closet only to find a bunch of neatly-folded letdowns? You’re in luck: we’re introducing a new feature for the warm-weather months, aptly named “Summer Stock-Up”. In each post you’ll find five variations on a summer essential—perfect for refreshing your closet (and avoiding future disappointments).
Billy Reid’s Donelson Shirt
Think there’s no way to wear a short-sleeved button-down without looking like a 1960s gas station attendant? Think again. As with all things, chambray makes this easy-to-wear (so easy, in fact, that you may quickly discover you’ve become a short-sleeve convert), but Billy Reid does what they do best by keeping it un-basic with the welt chest pocket. Bonus points: chambray looks fine (some might even say “better”) with a few wrinkles in it, so no sweat if you keep this one balled up in your vacation bag for a few days. Get it here.
Rag & Bone’s Toucan Shirt
We’ll spare you the “toucan” jokes, except to say that yes, you too can wear this shirt. If you’re not ready to commit to Hawaiian florals (and who could blame you) but feel the need to get in the tropical spirit (it’s your vacation, after all), this Rag & Bone shirt is a good compromise. The print is subtle enough to require a second look, but not so subtle that it’ll be lost completely among a sea of loud hibiscus prints. A definite trade up from those whale-embroidered shorts, no? Get it here.
Battenwear’s Five Pocket Island Shirt
Okay, we lied—this one actually is about looking like a 1960s gas station attendant. The exaggerated collar screams “slick your hair back with whatever’s lying around”, and while you might scoff at first, just try to tell us that having all those pockets doesn’t come in handy at the beach (pocket one is for your switchblade comb). So, before you object, just repeat the mantra with us: Chambray tones everything down. Chambray tones everything down. Except the radioactive levels of coolness that’ll be exuding off of you when you wear this shirt. Get it here.
Surface To Air’s Aloha Cadillac Shirt
Now, if you’re the polar opposite of Toucan Sam up there, totally unafraid of color and print and, frankly, disgusted that two of our picks have been chambray thus far, here’s our olive branch to you: Surface To Air’s Dali-esque interpretation of the good ol’ Hawaiian (-inspired) shirt. Like learning to stand up on a surfboard or maintaining the perfect day-drinking buzz, the Aloha Cadillac print is more complex than it first seems. Mutant pineapples look more like medieval torture devices, and yes, those are snakes winding their way through the flowers. Pair this shirt with a semi-ironic Frisbee and a non-threatening smile, for best results. Get it here.
Maison Kitsune’s Classic Check Shirt
Ah, Kitsune. Does anyone have better summertime style than the French? Just look at Alain Delon in Purple Noon. While we can’t promise you’ll become independently wealthy by wearing this shirt, we can at least assure you that you’ll look damn good. As for the wealth thing, just buy yourself some custom Del Toro slippers and pretend—money isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Get it here.