Not just T-shirts: the best men’s shirts for the beach


It’s the height of the summer, the temperatures are scorching, and we are all thinking about fantastic beaches or about weekends in Italy’s most exclusive seaside resorts. As well as swimming, sunbathing, aperitifs, music and beach parties with friends, how you dress is important – neat and at the same time, basic. That’s why one of the major wardrobe essentials this summer is the men’s shirt, a valid alternative to the T-shirt, and the perfect go-to garment any time of day if you’re looking for that elegant, cool, but still comfortable style.

There are lots of summer shirts for men that should never be left behind when off on your holiday, as well as being ideal wardrobe staples for any man. And what about the on-trend models for this season? First and foremost, linen or jersey shirts followed by stripes and short-sleeved models, Hawaiian style, without forgetting denim shirts and shirt jackets. The theme to link this capsule collection is based on lightweight fabrics, pastels, or bold colours with exotic prints, to mix and match with other items for that cool, natural look.

If you’re aiming for a style that combines casual with elegance, even on the beach, then the ideal choice is the long-sleeved linen shirt with mandarin collar. Whether white or striped in a soft blue or red, this type of men’s shirt pairs perfectly with preppy-style chinos that will look great at a beachfront party or for an aperitif, or just with some Bermudas and a pair of brown leather sandals when lunching on the shore. A jersey polo/shirt can also provide a cool alternative to linen on these occasions.

Striped shirts are most definitely a timeless summer fashion classic, especially when based on blue, sky blue, yellow or pink, to create the typical atmosphere of the marvellous Italian costal resorts. The striped shirt is ideal for the elegant man aiming for the dandy, retro look. Another great return to the past – the 50s and 60s to be precise – comes in the form of bowling shirts – Hawaiian or Cuban style, with welt pockets. The key elements of these models are wide, straight short sleeves, the flat or button-down semi-spread collar, and the unmistakable tropical prints that make it a “must-have” for the summer.

The most popular men’s summer shirt models are in denim, with a bold masculine feel, and the linen shirt jacket, which is more versatile and sophisticated. These two key pieces create a smart casual look that is also perfect for wearing by the sea. The important thing is knowing how and when to wear them. Denim shirts create a great impression in classic versions or with original or classic prints, while shirt jackets are marvellous in grey-sky blue shades that pair brilliantly with white or blue shirts, or with headgear in the same colours. In both cases, these items can be worn next to the skin, accompanied by a pair of beige Bermudas and some pale sneakers to create a sporty-chic result.

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