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The Fashion Memo

18 of the best summer shirts

Simple, chic and essential – the humble shirt is this season’s most versatile piece

Grace Elizabeth

Whether you live in a sun-drenched city or you’re planning a beachside escape, the struggle to look cool when the temperatures rise is real. This season’s solution? We’re backing the elevated bowling shirt – short-sleeved and boxy button-downs, in vintage silhouettes and glossy silk-satin finishes, that are a clean yet romantic solution to almost every style dilemma. In neutral tones, butterscotch beiges and creamy off-whites, they lay the perfect foundation for building a versatile office-to-OOO wardrobe.

For elegant 9-5 city style, tuck them into loose-fitting palazzo pants with barely-there slingbacks. At the weekend, pair them with denim cut-offs, minimalist slides and fine gold bangles, stacked high on the wrist. Look to NYC-based label Orseund Iris, Sweden-designed Deitas and LA-born Vince for the chicest versions.

If you’re beach-bound, no vacation suitcase is complete without a breezy linen shirt. Buy Equipment’s pinstriped Aceline style a size up – it’s perfect for shrugging on over a bikini top and denim cut-offs while sunbathing; when the sun sets, fasten three or four of the buttons and add a coin necklace (or two) and a pair of minimal mules. Jacquemus’ super-versatile Bahia shirt is also in our wish lists; made from an airy cotton, it’s gathered and knotted at the front beneath a plunging neckline. As the designer said himself of his SS19 muse: “You don’t know if she’s going out or to the beach.”



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