It’s all very well having the swimming trunks for your holiday sorted but if you haven’t nailed the shirt/short combo then you’re going to be a laughing stock. An old sports t-shirt with an 80’s logo does not a holiday outfit make. Neither do neon Hawaiian shirts (which by the way aren’t out completely – they just need careful consideration). Nothing says poolside/beach chic like a crisp linen shirt or soft cotton pastel number and they both perfectly complement the bright prints of your l’étale trunks.
Here are our some of our favourite summer shirts:
On paper a towelling shirt in bright prints might not scream stylish, but in reality these British-made shirts are brilliant. It’s not often you come across a totally original design but these soft shirts, towel on the inside, cool print on the outside, are a breath of fresh air.
This ethical clothing company was started when founder Daisy Hambro worked as a volunteer teacher in India. Inspired by the block printing techniques and vibrant colours of the country, and wanting to build a brand that makes a difference to lives, she started Tobias; giving 10% of her profits to the Akshanka Foundation. Tobias shirts come in pale pastel shades with pops of colour on the collars and cuffs.
Despite being called a Grandad collar we think this is a seriously stylish look and perfect for hotter climes (no sweaty necks). Hartford shirts are made of extra soft cotton and cut in a slim but unrestrictive cut.
More of an evening garb than for by the pool but still perfect for your summer wardrobe, this white shirt with woven motifs comes from family-run business Portuguese Flannel - currently in its fourth generation. The company prides itself on using traditional processes with bespoke fabrics and designing well-fitting soft shirts.