It turns out the simple shirt might not be so simple, after all. Button-up, button-down, long-sleeve, short-sleeve, and don’t even get me started on all the different levels of buttoning up. Or down. Short-sleeve shirts at least simplify one thing: there will be no rolling-up of sleeves and then watching them unravel down your wrists, because they’re already pre-shortened. But the level to which you button it up: we’re going to leave that up to you. We’ve collected 10 of our favorites from around the web for your purchasing pleasure.


COS Rolled Sleeve

There is little more satisfying than a crisp, papery, medium-weight cotton white shirt and it has a small modern collar for the Scandinavian style that COS embodies. If you want to keep it this fresh forever, it might benefit from a dousing of NeverWet. You can get one here.



Say it loud with this all-over native print by Japanese label NEIGHBORHOOD. Made in Japan from premium cotton, it has that all-important front button closure and a straight hem with a sewn-on logo patch. Buy it now from Tres Bien.


Carhartt SS Orchid Blue

Despite being an all-over floral print, subtlety is the name of the game here. It’s got a button-down collar and a slightly curved hem for that workwear feel Carhartt do so well. Get hold of one from Oi Polloi.


Libertine-Libertine Hunter Palms

Tropical prints are happening this summer. If you don’t want to jump in at the deep end with something too colorful then this Libertine-Libertine shirt is just the ticket. In dark blue, it features a tonal navy palm tree print with oversized sleeves for a casual look. Get hold of it from SOTO.


Brooklyn We Go Hard Yomiuri

Taking this baseball style with this collarless shirt from Brooklyn We Go Hard, aka BWGH. The cotton-linen mix and wooden buttons bring some laid-back class to the baseball design. You can buy one from Voo Store.


Reyn Spooner

Designed in Hawaii, these Reyn Spooner shirts come in an oversized style, truly embracing that Hawaiian shirt vibe. This cream one features an all-over figure of eight design in red, and you can get one from Present London.


Norse Projects Anton SS

Keeping it simple with this simple Norse Projects shirt. The short-sleeve oxford shirt features triple stitching, a button-down collar, and front chest pocket. Get one here.


White Mountaineering Wood Mosaic

Japanese brand White Mountaineering are known for their exceptional outdoor clothing design, and it turns out they’re not bad at the rest, either. This shirt features an all-over mosaic print in supreme quality, and you can buy it from Wood Wood.


Grind Tropical Pigeon

From their most recent summer collection comes this tropical print shirt by Grind. With cotton produced and sourced in the USA and an all-over parrot design, Grind are doing it this summer. Get yourself one from Open Lifestyle Store.


Farah Vintage Beatty

This shirt from Farah Vintage comes in a nice speckled navy colorway, with a button-down collar and turn over sleeve cuffs, finished with a small woven Farah Vintage logo on the chest pocket. Buy one from size?.

Words by Maude Churchill