With the current heat wave attacking the States, it seems wearing a short sleeve button down would be wise, but over the years the short sleeve button down has gotten a bad rap. Well Dan, over at the Style Blogger has came up with a few different stylings to make sure you don’t look like the rest of the nerdy, paper pushing, middle management saps, who normal wear a short sleeve button down.
1. Business Casual Cool
The fit needs to be slim through the body, with a narrow sleeve that skims the arm and hits about halfway down the bicep.
A billowy shirt with a baggy sleeve down to the elbow is not going to be taken seriously.
If you’re only going to get one, I’d say make it 100% linen in a neutral-colored check or plaid pattern.
With tropical weight hopsack trousers, this is one of the best combos for “business casual” on a sticky hot day.
Short-sleeve linen shirt and brown hopsack trousers (part of suit, as featured here) by Michael Andrews Bespoke. Watch and alligator band by Montblanc. Alligator belt and silver buckle by Ralph Lauren Purple Label. Loafers by Scarpe di Bianco. Shades by Matsuda Eyewear.
2. Hot Business
Yes, you can wear it with a suit, as long as the heat justifies it.
Perfect for a tropical wedding, outdoor event, or the office (for those laidback summer dress codes).
Since very few guys have well-fitting s/s shirts, it can stand out from the crowd, in a smart way.
Gotta love the summer prep mix of chino, seersucker and madras.
Cotton suit by Michael Andrews Bespoke (Cloth by Ariston, #AR 022/10). Seersucker short-sleeve shirt by Club Monaco. Madras tie by Gant. Silver tie bar by Tiffany & Co. Alligator belt and silver buckle by Ralph Lauren Purple Label. Navy loafers by Scarpe di Bianco. Shades by Warby Parker. Watch by Montblanc. Watch strap from cheapestnatostraps.com
3. Off to the Beach for the Weekend
A seersucker s/s is the perfect layer for a beach weekend, for when the sun goes down (or your skin just needs a break).
A chest pocket is a great feature. Use it for your sunglasses when you remove them from your face.
This look was featured in last summer’s Hot Weather Neckline post.
Short-sleeved seersucker shirt by Land’s End (purchased at Sears, Size S). Graphic tank by PegLeg NYC. Vintage Levis jeans. Leather duffle by Lotuff & Clegg. Belt is the shoulder strap from the duffle bag. Wooden shades (in pocket) by Shwood. Watch by Brera Orologi. Railroad spike cuff by Giles & Brother. Leather strap sandals by Mercanti Forentini.
It’s already a little kitchy, so have a little fun with a retro pattern.
The brown/burgundy micro square pattern is just subtle enough to work with a tie, and just cool enough to wear open over a tank top.
Lighten up your entire look with summer accessories like a thin silk knit tie, grosgrain watch strap and classic aviator shades.
Suit pants (Cloth by Ariston, #A833/17 ) by Michael Andrews Bespoke. Short-sleeve shirt I handmade myself. Vintage knit tie. Loafers by Scarpe di Bianco. Aviator shades by Ralph Lauren Purple Label. Watch by Montblanc. Watch strap from cheapestnatostraps.com.
5. Summer Smart Casual
If you’re going custom, remember to have your s/s shirts cut a little shorter than your typical work shirts. You’ll wear them untucked much more often.
I’m a big fan of the button-down collar. It stands up to frame the face and it’s a little more casual, which is perfect for a short sleeve.
Another retro pattern. This time for the weekend, or a summer vacation.
A couple more versatile summer accessories: straw hat and leather strap sandals.
Short sleeve shirt and linen suit trousers by Michael Andrews Bespoke. Straw hat by Stetson. Shades by Ralph Lauren Purple Lable. Sandals by Stubbs & Wootton. Watch by Montblanc. Watch strap from cheapestnatostraps.com.