From short sleeves to long; granddad to camp-collar, shirts stand the test of time as a signature stand-out piece in every man's wardrobe. And, though there's no debating that a pale blue or white Oxford button-down is a classic, as we think ahead to warmer times it's the bolder graphics and new season trends that will get you those neck-breaking head turns.
Last month, we tapped some of the fashion industry's most trustworthy buyers for their takes on the best of SS19 shirting. Now, we deep dive into some of the trends that you'll be peeping at the bar, on the beach, and all through the fashion weeks down the line this year, with options from our favorite designers and affordable retailers alike.
From low-key and timeless vertical stripes, elevated by modern cuts and design flourishes, to the ’60s and ’70s-inspired prints being championed by brands such as Dries Van Noten this season, our selections below have all your 2019 shirting needs ironed and pressed.
Vertical stripes are nothing new. You'll likely have heard before that the pattern is slimming and can make you appear taller, but that's not what makes these particular choices from us stand out. Mostly done out in pastel blues and white, this new wave of striped shirts transcend smart and casual, and get their boldness from an elevated sense of luxury thanks to intricate cuts and detailing.
Take Jil Sander's striped offering, for example, which not only pairs a slightly longer cut with a band collar, but also a cotton strap at the side and a step hem. Maison Margiela puts a unique twist on the classic camp collar shirt with mismatched panels, on the other hand, while a more recent drop by Brain Dead adds signature graphics to the mix on its woven, seersucker paneled shirt.
Perhaps most recognizably done by Raf Simons in recent seasons, the photo-print shirt makes an instant statement, and is incidentally the perfect piece to get you snapped by those street style photographers lingering outside fashion week shows. For SS19, Simons' highlights include a white shirt adorned with a photo of a punk fan in ’70s Stockholm, coming in his signature oversized silhouette, along with another punk-infused yellow option that uses a different picture from the same 1977 The Clash concert.
If a single photo isn't quite garish enough for your style sensibilities, though, Wacko Maria pays homage to another musical icon, Bob Marley, with multiple pictures of him used all over a long-sleeved pink Hawaiian shirt, while more affordable, Calvin Klein-esque vista offerings come from high street retailer Bershka.
When it comes to really getting noticed, it's those crazy, futuristic, multicolored graphics that'll do the job best. Best done on short-sleeve shirts as the stand-out piece of your summer wardrobe, it seems that some brands have never heard the word "subtlety", and we're here for it.
Eye-catching options for the beach include the bold and brash graphics of MSGM – which uses the Japanese anime sereies "Attacker You!" as its design motif – an insanely extra yellow, black, and grey dolphin print shirt by Perks and Mini, and a particularly stand-out graphic by London-based streetwear brand Crooked Tongues, an amazing find for only $56.