Long Days, Short Sleeves — Summer Is Almost Here and These Are the Shirts to Get

best men's summer shirts
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It’s finally summer and we can’t believe it. But, let the record show, we’re not complaining. With everything going on in the world these past few months, sunshine and warmer weather are very much needed.

If you’ve been keeping up with SPY these past few weeks you’re probably covered in the best t-shirt and best swim shorts categories. And if you haven’t been keeping up, shame on you. But all of that aside, how are you doing in the shirt category? Ah yes, we were afraid of that.

Before we dive into the wonderful world that is the best summer shirts for men, we have some things to discuss. First, what exactly is a summer shirt? Our definition is a generally short-sleeved button-up. In other words, not the aforementioned t-shirt. It can have long sleeves, but it should be made with a breathable fabric if that’s the case.

Next, what makes up a quality summer shirt for guys? A few different materials actually! Take a look below:

  • Cotton
  • Linen
  • Polyester (when blended)
  • Viscose

The idea is to find a material that is breathable yet also slimming. These are the shirts you wear to summer BBQs or over boardshorts when hitting laidback bars or concerts. Every guy should pack a few of these in their closet. Some may sport wild patterns. Some may use natural materials. But all of them should cut a clean silhouette.

Read on for our roundup of the best summer shirts for men.