Like the optimum length of short inseam, what constitutes the perfect summer shirt is a topic of great contention. At least it is in the Highsnobiety office.

Collar, color, and the just-right amount of “awkward sleeve” were all factors that weighed heavy upon our search for the ultimate summer shirt, conducted on an international Highsnob zoom recently — you know, back at the important stuff.

What that perfect shirt looks like, well, that’s still in dispute. But below is our editors’ attempt to find it. From Bode button-downs to ruffle moments via the “holy trinity of dress shirts,” you’ll find our thoughts on some of this summer’s best shirts.

Scroll for our editors' thoughts on some of this season's standout summer shirts for men.

Cotton Shirt

Cotton Shirt

$508

Prada

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Prada

Christopher Morency, Editor-at-Large: "This is a beautiful shirt. This is a classic. You could pair this with shorts, you could layer this, you could pair this with black pants, with sandals, with sneakers. This is a good purchase."

Bowling Shirt

Bowling Shirt

$85

Highsnobiety

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Highsnobiety

Louis: Bowling shirts are an eternal summer essential. This one comes with a bandana.

Pleated Polo

Pleated Polo

$295

Homme Plissé Issey Miyake

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Issey Miyake

Jake Indiana, Senior Features Editor: "It's beautiful tailoring. But you can't wear that color in the summer without it just being covered in bugs."

Malaika Crawford, Market Editor: "This is a McDonald's yellow right?"

Thom Bettridge, Editor-in-Chief: "The thing about McDonald's colors is they were designed to make people not want to stay in the restaurant."

Malaika: "Maybe I don't want people to talk to me."

Bowling Shirt

Bowling Shirt

$645

Wales Bonner

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Wales Bonner

Jake: "I can really see Corey in that shirt."

Corey Stokes, Fashion Director: "It's a beautiful shirt."

Amoeba Watercolor Shirt

Amoeba Watercolor Shirt

$195

Brain Dead

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Brain Dead

Louis Almond, Style Editor: "There's something quite virusy about this one. It's making me uneasy."

Rihanna Matthews, Market Edtior: "It just reminds me of being on shrooms."

Big Shirt With Ruffles

Big Shirt With Ruffles

$460

Raf Simons

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Raf Simons

Thom: "I think ruffles are having a moment right now."

Herbert Hofmann, Creative Director: "I wouldn't know how to wear this without looking ludicrous."

Corey: "Oh my god — oversized with like a nice wide leg."

Thom: "White, baby blue, and pink. Those are the holy trinity of dress shirt colors."

Velvet Shirt

Velvet Shirt

$600

ERL

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ERL

Corey: "I would go up a size if I was purchasing this for sure. Because the sleeves look definitely too short."

Thom: "It looks a little bit like a shacket. I think this is actually a shacket."

Wallpaper Short Sleeve Shirt

Wallpaper Short Sleeve Shirt

$465

BODE

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Bode

Jake: "It's a little children's hospital but I don't hate it.

Malaika: "It's cute. It reminds me of children's fairytales.

Cotton Tunic Shirt

Cotton Tunic Shirt

$680

Gucci

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Gucci

Thom: "I went to a Valentino show and there was an all-white dress code, and when I got to the show it looked like we were all going to commit mass suicide."

Malaika: "Very Midsommar."

Thom: "Yeah it's that vibe. What I like about this shirt is that it has that perfect awkward sleeve length."

Multicolor Flags Fluid Shirt

Multicolor Flags Fluid Shirt

$1030

Vetements

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Vetements

Jake: "It's a little too 'We Are the World.'"

Thom: "I like it. This is postmodernism at its finest."

Patchwork Raglan Shirt

Patchwork Raglan Shirt

$1850

JETPACK hom(m)e

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Jetpack Homme

Corey: "I feel like the commercial version needs to be a little less stringy."

Thom: "Imagine dipping one of those things in your Aperol Spritz."

'Hall' Tennant Shirt

'Hall' Tennant Shirt

$380

S.S.Daley

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S.S. Daley

Christopher: "Harry Styles wears all this stuff."

Thom: "This is cheaper than the Prada shirt."

Christopher: "Back to the Prada — where did you find it? Because I might actually buy that shirt."

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