Crisp shirts to signal the start of summer in the city

The summer shirt is a seasonal staple that ensures you look put-together even when the humidity heightens, and some looks start to go sideways. Crisp cotton styles are a breeze to wear, whether your pair yours tucked into leather skirts, flowing over tailored pants or layered under a statement dress.

While the versatile style is timeless, the trends can be delineated this season by the sleeve length — whether they are long, t-shirt, or simply non-existent. Choose your inner-city confidence boost below.

Left to right: Acne Studio Washed Cotton Sleeveless shirt from Workshop, Louis Vuitton Monogram Stripes Lavaliere blouse, Christian Dior Embroidered Sleeveless blouse, Theory Classic stretch-silk shirt from Net-A-Porter.

Ensuring you keep your cool, sleeveless shirts have a literal edge to them. Smart and contemporary, the collared style may be arms-free but they lend a hand in the street-style stakes.

Left to right: Camilla and Marc Kyra shirt, Christian Dior Chez Moi shirt, Matteau Short Sleeve Silk shirt from Muse Boutique.
Left to right: Louis Vuitton Monogram Ombre Silk top, Camilla and Marc Amaia shirt, The Row Elada oversized cotton-poplin shirt from Net-A-Porter.

Tropical-style shirts have a whole new vocation compared to the ones we used to buy on vacation. With long t-shirt sleeves and the odd pocket, the casual style has been elevated with careful design details. Throw on for a layer of louche luxury.

Left to right: Louis Vuitton Map Print Silk shirt, Loulou Studio Pulau shirt from Workshop, Totême organic cotton shirt from Net-A-Porter.

Business shirts are anything but boring when you look to luxury brands that always have a new design up their sleeve. From classic white and pinstripe to all-encompassing maps of the world, each and every one of these button-downs is a smart update.


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