Socks and sandals, three-quarter length trousers, wrap-around sunglasses: these are the perils of summer. All agreed? Of course we are.
And, up until this season, we’d have added short-sleeve shirts to the list too.
However, something miraculous has happened: short-sleeved shirts are no longer hideous. Well, not in a casual capacity – the rule still applies that they are unacceptable with a tie. Just say no, fellas: no one wants to look like a 40-year-old schoolboy in the office.
The key to rocking the perfect short-sleeved shirt (or SSS as it shall now be known) is fit and pattern.
You don’t want it loose and billowy, you want it sharp, fitted and the sleeve resting mid-bicep.
Print-wise, it’s all about florals this season. Bright, breezy and super-summery, floral prints in shades of blue, red and yellow are perfect. Check out this blue number for just £16 from Matalan, which has poolside bar written all over it, or this £25 red and green creation from Next.
We’re also quite partial to this cheeky pineapple SSS from Primark for just £7. It’s totally tropical.
If you’re after something more understated, however, go for denim. The perennial favourite has really smartened up its act of late, illustrated perfectly by this fitted turn-up design from Primark. The subtle floral print on the sleeves is a real winner. Superdry, meanwhile, have this unique casual and crumpled denim SSS for £44.99.
Designer-wise, Paul Smith, A.P.C, Jonathan Saunders, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Marc Jacobs have all embraced the SSS. You’ll be in good company, then.
3.1 Phillip Lim used bright block colours to bring the shirts to life and you can get in on the act, without breaking the bank, with this £25 blue number from Jacamo.
Team with understated belts and shoes to ensure things don’t go too OTT and, if you’re going for a denim shirt, do not pair it with jeans. If you go for double denim, you’re on your own, we can’t help you.
Stick to the rules and there’s no reason why the humble SSS can’t redeem itself and become a wardrobe classic.