While it’s true that over the past few years even the most bug-prone t-shirt has become a very valuable piece in your closet rotation, times have changed and now there’s a whole new calendar on the wall and social events are back on the horizon …… which can only mean one thing. Men’s shirts are back this summer. To quote a certain well-dressed woodsman, all things pass, and if SS22 shirts are acceptable, then a comeback is truly in order.
When it comes to casual shirts, the two schools of thought are Oxford – classic preppy, chic casual staples, and all those statement appeals you miss when you’re at home. The former never goes out of style, and this season’s top performers were A-Cold-Wall* and Reiss.
However, those looking for something a little more fun with their shirts need not be disappointed. In addition to a variety of characterful short-sleeved shirts, crew-neck shirts and linen shirts, brands are increasingly using cotton on buttons as a canvas for artwork, whether it’s the iconic Valentino camouflage print or the perfect patchwork pattern care of Gucci.
So, without further delay, it’s time to embrace shirts again with GQ’s edit of the best men’s shirts you can buy ……
Percival’s winning streak will only get stronger as we head into warmer climes, recently adding Paul Mescal and Chris Evans to the list of celebrities who love the brand (see also Dwayne Johnson, Andrew Garfield, Shawn Mendes and Tom Holland). In addition to the embroidered linen shirts, we love its latest individual prints – especially this one, which is based on a famous rooster painting by Wakao Ito from a key period in Japan’s past. It’s a fashion statement and an art history lesson.
This summer, Drake’s linen shirt collection is second to none, pairing this sleek, breathable fabric with sharp designs that add a modern twist to the label’s Saville Row route. This vertically striped blue and white shirt – a true classic – is beautifully finished with alternating lines and faded hues. For styling, choose a slightly oversized size and pair it with your best beige chinos.