Alright, reaching for Oxford cloths and thick flannels this far into April is getting a little depressing. Aside from driving your Hummer everywhere, keeping a purely steak-based diet, and refusing to recycle, there isn’t much you can do to speed up the atmosphere’s shift into warmer weather. But you can prepare for it.
Lightening fabric weights, brightening the colours, and adding texture and pattern into your shirting rotation are key to replenishing what spring cleaning has done to your wardrobe. Take a look at these 12 shirts we’re forecasting will look best on you this spring (which, we swear, is coming. Hopefully).
Armani Grandad-Collar Linen-Chambray Shirt
This linen-chambray blend from Giorgio Armani will feel significantly lighter on your back, as well as allowing much more breathability through the loose weave of the fabric. The light blue colour is very spring oriented, and the grandad-collar is another touch in the direction of fresh and new.
$609, Buy now at MR PORTER
Frank And Oak Super Soft Mini Floral All Over Print Shirt
The adage is that April showers bring May flowers, which is a rule that menswear seems to follow as well. Spring shirting and floral patterns go together like gin and tonic — it’s never really a bad choice. Think of this shirt from Frank And Oak like visiting your local watering hand asking for a tried-and-tested G&T that you can be confident will quench your craving.
Tiger of Sweden Blue Farrell 5 Shirt
If you’re in need of a shirting update but need to keep things a little more professional around the office, this versatile cotton poplin shirt from Tiger of Sweden will prove itself as more than just another option for your rotation. While your oxford cloth shirts are starting to feel a little heavy, the thinner poplin fabric here will do well as the mercury rises. If you don’t already know, light blue is a colour that works brilliantly on virtually any complexion out there, and will look especially good once we get some more sunshine.
$180, Buy now at SSENSE
Frank And Oak Lightweight Slub-Cotton Shirt
For something a little more budget friendly, yet slightly less refined, this slub-cotton shirt from Frank and Oak will do a similar job taking you into the warmer months as the option from ToS. The most important part of this shirt is that it’s lightweight. The cotton fabric looks super comfortable and should keep you cool this season.
Armani Camp-Collar Striped Cotton Shirt
Camp-collar shirts made a huge resurgence last summer, and there will be hoards of those who were ahead of the curve then who’ll be more than eager to break theirs out early this year. The style looks most at home chilling over a bathing suit out on a Riva boat on Lake Como, but in case you’re a few months away from your vacation time, it can also be rocked during your backyard barbecue or out at the bar on warmer days.
$584, Buy now at MR PORTER
Frank And Oak Paolo Garment Dyed Soft Short Sleeve Oxford
Although I’m ready to give up on my oxford cloth shirting until the autumn, spring is the ideal time to transition from long-sleeve oxfords to its short-sleeved cousin. Worn with a jacket overtop, the short-sleeve oxford will look indiscernible from the long version, but won’t make you feel as hot while waiting for the AC to finally turn on. Spring is also the ideal time to work pastel colours into your wardrobe’s palette, and this pale tan colour from Frank And Oak does the job precisely.
Burberry Pink Camp-Collar Printed Linen Shirt
Just in case you liked the last shirt from Frank And Oak, but wished it had huge navy birds all over it, I’ve accounted for that and included this crispy camp-collar from Burberry on the list. It’s made of 100 per cent linen, so it will breathe like a dream, especially if you’re on that spring holiday you’ve been promising yourself you’d pull the trigger on since forever. I’d recommend Bermuda, but I guess Saint-Tropez or Sardegna could also look pretty good in the background of pics of you with this shirt on.
$372, Buy now at Lyst
Tiger of Sweden White Farrell 5 Shirt
If I had a white shirt for every time someone told me “you can never have enough white shirts,” I still wouldn’t have enough white shirts. Poplin fabric and a spread collar are preferences I’ve had for shirting almost every time I’ve picked one up, but I wished that there had been the option for stretch in the fabric a long time ago. Tiger of Sweden includes four per cent elastane in their blend on this one, which is more than enough to feel more comfortable and less restricted while being dressed up to the nines. Trust me, try out stretch shirts in the future. It’ll change your world.
$150, Buy now at SSENSE
Gucci Slim-Fit Tiger-Appliquéd Cotton-Poplin Shirt
Now I know for some readers, recommending a stretch fabric in your shirt, even just 4 per cent, is a bit too new age and against tradition for them, so here’s a shirt that is 100 per cent cotton-poplin. Breathe easy, old timer, and know you’re sticking to the aesthetic that is the basis of all the fashion of today. Just do it with a long Gucci tiger around your neck.
$647, Buy now at Mr Porter
Burberry Orange Botanical Floral Harley Shirt
In case you missed it, orange is the hottest colour in menswear right now. It’s a great spring-time colour, and it works well with the classic spring floral trend. Add the intricate, audacious Burberry design and this shirt has all the elements to make it a favourite of yours this season. Short-sleeve shirts like this one are also a great opportunity for you to show off that beach bod you’ve been working on all winter, because we’ve all been diligently sticking to our gym plans, right fellers?
$380, Buy now at SSENSE
Tiger of Sweden Off-White Farrell Shirt
For something floral but a little easier to pull off than the previous item on this list, try this long-sleeve cotton shirt featuring smaller sunflowers by Tiger of Sweden. It’s subtle but very spring appropriate. Pair it with a navy suit for some springtime around the office, or roll the sleeves up over a pair of jeans on the weekend.
$230, Buy now at SSENSE
Saint Laurent Black & Off-White Short Sleeve Snowflake Shirt
Okay, it’s over a thousand dollars. But hear me out: it’s 100 per cent silk. Most people’s bed sheets aren’t 100 per cent silk. If there was one ultimate flex spring shirt, this is it. This is some rockstar shit. Seriously. A pair of black jeans, some suede chelsea boots, and this shirt with, like, the four top buttons undone, and you’ll be looking like Harry Styles standing in line at Starbucks in no time.