There are few items in menswear more maligned than the short-sleeved shirt. Adopted as the uniform of style-allergic icons such as Homer Simpson and the IT Crowd’s Maurice Moss (OK, fine, he’s actually quite stylish in retrospect), the short-sleeved shirt is the goofy pariah of the menswear world. How, then, has it become the thing to wear in hot weather? Two words: camp collar. Also known as a Cuban collar, it usually buttons lower than a traditional short-sleeved shirt and has a kind of pseudo-lapel that feels somehow smart and summery. We might even say it could be sexy, but, well, we’ll leave that one up to you.
The point is that short-sleeved shirts in their camp-collar variety are everywhere at the moment, and what’s more: they’re printed. We’ve edited our favourites from MR PORTER’s newest offering below, from which you’ll be able to pick out lavish, opulent prints that cover shirts from Japanese designers including Wacko Maria and visvim, to the quieter stripy or dotty numbers from Alex Mill or Remi Relief. Wear them with swim shorts in the daytime, or with a pair of sharply tailored trousers in the evening. Resolutely un-office-like, they all beg to be packed into a suitcase and taken to the beach, a summer festival, or, at the very least, a drink on a rooftop somewhere. Make ours a negroni.