Striped shirts that don’t mean business

The best men’s shirts for summer

King & Tuckfield shirt, £245
King & Tuckfield shirt, £245

Few items of clothing call to mind the drab carpet and undecorated walls of a corporate office quite like a light-blue and white striped shirt. Along with navy single-breasted suits, black Oxfords and, increasingly, some sort of lightweight gilet, such shirts occupy the inner reaches of conservative business attire. 

Onia shirt, $135
Onia shirt, $135
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Jil Sander by Lucie and Luke Meier shirt, £910
Jil Sander by Lucie and Luke Meier shirt, £910
Paul Smith shirt, £235
Paul Smith shirt, £235
Etro shirt, POA
Etro shirt, POA
Hermès shirt, £525
Hermès shirt, £525
Gucci oversized tunic, £490, from Browns
Gucci oversized tunic, £490, from Browns

Not all iterations of the style are entrenched in the codes of office dress, however – on the contrary, there’s a mix of styles throwing caution to the easy, breezy summer wind. Hermès has a pink and “awning stripe” shirt that wouldn’t look out of place at a seaside-holiday destination, while Armani’s grey and white striped shirt is finished with a casual mandarin collar. Other short-sleeved versions from Sunspel or King & Tuckfield take the theme and run with it. Here’s our edit of the season’s best.

Commas shirt, £316
Commas shirt, £316
Emporio Armani shirt, £140
Emporio Armani shirt, £140
Chalayan shirt, POA
Chalayan shirt, POA
Lanvin shirt, £360
Lanvin shirt, £360
Song for the Mute shirt, $595
Song for the Mute shirt, $595
Sunspel shirt, £145
Sunspel shirt, £145
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