Over the last two years, the notorious short-sleeved button-down shirt has taken the men’s fashion world by storm. Long gone are the days where short-sleeved dress-shirts and glasses uniformed the 1960s nerd. In fact, button that top button up and tuck in that shirt! With the sleeve length of a polo and the bodice of a fitted dress-shirt, this combo not only exudes an effortlessly polished look, but also gives us guys an excuse to show off our biceps.
However, it wasn’t until this summer that our favorite short-sleeved shirt took a walk on the wild side. From simply blues and reds to big patterns and vibrant colors, it’s safe to say this fashion trend is making a statement. Don’t get me wrong – the classic plaid and solid colors will always be wardrobe essentials, but there’s something to be said about the bold prints that are popping up everywhere.
Still, there are two crucial elements to pulling off the short-sleeved button-up: fit and detail.
Rule number one: wear it slim, but not skin tight. While this applies to just about anything, it is especially important with the s/s button-up. The seams of the shoulders should hit right above the point of your shoulder. Like any other shirt with buttons, make sure you can comfortably button up over your chest. Contrary to popular belief, you do not want to feel like Clark Kent bulging out of your shirt. And most importantly, the sleeves must fit close to your arms without billowing or cutting off circulation.
The detail rests all in the rest of your look. Roll the sleeves? Button the top button? Jeans? Jorts? It’s really up to you to decide depending on what you’re going for. But there are a few things to remember. Stick to fairly neutral pants. Navy is the color of the summer and pairs nicely with bold patterns.