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The 12 Best Short Sleeve Button Ups for Any Occasion
The beauty of a short sleeve button up shirt? Their versatility. They look equally as good styled with jeans, chinos, or shorts, and can be worn buttoned up or even open over a t-shirt. They’re great for summer and can be dressed up or down.
Throw a blazer over one and nobody will be the wiser that you’re secretly wearing short sleeves (insert evil laugh here). Check out our list for 12 of the best and stylish short sleeve button ups and get ready to have a fashionable summer.
1. Raey Camp-Collar Crepe Shirt
London-based company Raey uses an oversized silhouette for their navy short-sleeved shirt. This shirt is made in Italy from a tactile crepe that’s shaped with a Cuban collar and buttoned front, then finished with subtle dropped shoulder seams. This is the perfect shirt for keeping cool during your weekend outdoor activities.
2. Gucci Leaf-Print Short Sleeve Shirt
Take a walk on the wild side with this Gucci leaf and floral printed short sleeve shirt. Features include a spread collar, a chest patch pocket, and front button fastening. The luxurious fabric is comprised of 100% mother of pearl, 65% viscose, and 35% silk. And get excited… there are matching shorts if you’re interested!
3. UNIQLO Linen Cotton Short Sleeve Shirt
Uniqlo’s linen cotton blend short sleeve shirt is the best value on this list for a reason. At $29.90 each and multiple colorways to choose from, you don’t have to make tough decisions on which one to purchase – buy them all!
The fabric blend combines linen freshness with cotton softness and the neat collar makes it easy to wear. With a classic button front, you can wear this shirt open, over a t-shirt, or closed as its own entity. However you decide to rock this classic shirt, just make it your own.
4. Bonobos Riviera Slim Fit Short Sleeve Button Up
If you’re looking to jazz it up but feel as if the Gucci leaf-print is too much, the Riviera Slim Fit Short Sleeve Button Up from Bonobos is your happy medium. Coming in an array of more subdued patterns, the lightweight, breathable cotton madras keeps you casual and comfortable in a fit that looks best untucked. The front button closure and point color ensure this stylish shirt will have a place in your closet, and in your heart, for a long time.
5. Nanushka Venci Short Sleeve Poplin Shirt
Rendered in dusty pink and set with a Cuban collar, Nanushka’s Venci shirt brings a retro edge to any occasion. Made from soft poplin blended with Lyocell, which is an eco-friendly fiber sourced from wood pulp, this boxy silhouette with short sleeves and a patch pocket enhances the vintage mood and is sure to be a good time, whether you wear it to a work dinner or a weekend BBQ with family and friends.
6. Lacoste Regular Fit Pocket Short Sleeve Button Up
Only available in turquin blue, the solid colorway brings an easy, breathable versatility to warm weather. Features include front button closures, a point collar, chest patch pocket, and a soft cool cotton pique fabric. And don’t worry, the iconic Lacoste crocodile is his rightful place on the pocket in matching blue embroidery.
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7. AllSaints Bouquet Relaxed Fit Floral Short Sleeve Button Up
Turn heads in this slim fit, stylish short sleeve button up. With a black background and large white floral details, this shirt is easy breezy and laid-back. Features include front button closures (it would be weird at this point if it didn’t) and a convertible collar, with this stylish shirt made from 100% viscose fabric. Stay cool, literally and figuratively, this summer in this one-of-a-kind design from AllSaints.
8. Polo Ralph Lauren Striped Cotton Oxford Shirt
Polo Ralph Lauren’s red, lavender, yellow, and green-striped shirt is a summery mood. It’s expertly crafted from breezy cotton Oxford with a point collar and a chest patch pocket, fastening down the front with mother-of-pearl buttons. Taking a slight twist on a classic, this shirt evokes a feeling of relaxation and vacation, even if you’re wearing it to run errands.
9. Rag & Bone Avery Knit Short Sleeve Button Up
Rag & Bone is known for blending classic tailoring with an edgy-yet-understated New York aesthetic and this short sleeve button front shirt is no exception. Remade for the season in a soft cotton knit with a revere collar and five colorways to choose from, just throw this shirt on over jeans or your favorite chinos for a look that is as polished as it is comfortable.
10. Burberry Nova-Check Cotton Shirt
I don’t know about you but I’d recognize Burberry’s Nova check fabric anywhere. The iconic pattern first appeared in 1920 when it was added to the lining of the house’s trench coats. But why hide it on the inside when you can wear it on the outside, such as on this lightweight cotton poplin short sleeve button up. This shirt has a relaxed fit and a neat point collar and 100 years has proven that it will not be going out of style any time soon.
11. Todd Snyder Japanese Chambray Short Sleeve Shirt
It’s a right of passage to own at least one chambray shirt. This slim fit, short sleeve button up with a camp collar is one of the brand’s signatures. Available in Indigo Chambray and made from 100% cotton from Japan, this style staple is versatile and made to be lived in. In fact, it looks better with a few wrinkles so don’t worry about steaming or ironing (within reason, of course).
12. Folk Seoul Linen Short Sleeve Shirt
This blue Seoul shirt that’s made from an airy linen and is cold dyed to give it a washed, unique finish that speaks to the label’s laidback sensibility. It’s made in Portugal and offers a relaxed fit with a semi-spread collar and patch pocket, fastens with small white buttons, then is finished with small slits through the side seams. The blue linen is reminiscent of denim which means it goes well with everything (including denim) and will remain a classic.
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Short Sleeve Button Up FAQs
One of the best reasons to own this type of shirt is that it can be styled with almost anything. Wear it with jeans, chinos, or shorts. Wear it buttoned up or leave it open with a t-shirt underneath. Short sleeve button ups shirts can be casual or a little dressier.
Heck, you can even throw a blazer over one (just don’t tell). Is your style more classic or a little rock-n-roll? Doesn’t matter because these shirts work for everyone. I would say the only exception is that they are meant to be worn untucked. Again, feel free to make your shirt your own and tuck it in, but just know that is unnecessary.
The short answer is no. Pretty much bear in mind that a short sleeve anything is considered casual. Luckily, depending on your company’s dress code, short-sleeve button up shirts may still be acceptable work attire, but definitely do not wear one to your cousin’s wedding. Unless it’s a casual outdoor BBQ. Then I say all bets are off.
Always! Pending your comfort level, of course. In fact, since it’s summer, this is the perfect time to experiment with your fashion and to try out brighter colors or elaborate patterns. You only live once, after all. Have fun with it!