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.
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.