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Button-downs needn’t be basic. From breezy linen blouses to Hawaiian-style co-ords, these out-of-office shirts are tailor-made for a heatwave. 

The Best Summer Shirts 2021 To See In The Season In Style

Whatever your style, the versatility of a summer shirt allows for endless looks and co-ord combinations.

The first signs of warm weather are often our cue to abandon ‘practical’ dressing altogether and reach for the more whimsical items in our wardrobes. This summer, however, we can’t help but be drawn to the versatility of a summer shirt – and the endless combinations it allows for. Get creative with hems, cuffs and collars; even the most simple linen button-down can take on a new lease of life (see the nonchalant styling of British Vogue’s Sarah Harris). Likewise, SS21’s bold patterns and sugary pastels can be paired with crisp whites for an unexpected pop of color – or matching bikinis and bucket hats for poolside maximalism.

If you’re craving tropical hues this summer, dial up the fun in Faithfull The Brand’s punchy ‘Deryn’ shirt, which features its iconic Mariposa Floral motif. When it comes to vibrant summer shirts, the trick to chic styling (rather than dad dressing) is all in the buttons – take your cues from the street-style set and leave unfastened down to your navel. Likewise, a classic Oxford might typically be the preserve of the boardroom but, in the hands of resort-wear label Solid & Striped, it’s as vacation-worthy as any swimsuit. Its striped pistachio-green tunic makes for a polished alternative to a kaftan on the beach and, back in the city, it works as an overshirt with neutrals.

If laid-back minimalism is more your style, try Mara Hoffman’s breezy ‘Auberon’ shirt, made from 100 percent hemp. The New York designer knows a thing or two about summer style, and the boxy, oversized fit of this piece makes it ideal for layering over jumpsuits, swimsuits and sun dresses. Alternatively, pair with the coordinating pleated shorts and chic leather sandals for a staycation outfit that’s effortlessly put together.

Elsewhere, designers are offering fresh takes on the classic white shirt, reworking structure and rethinking proportions. Rejina Pyo’s ultra-feminine ‘Tate’ blouse features an oversized ruffled collar that recalls the early outfits of Diana, Princess of Wales. Team with denim shorts and a Bottega Veneta bag for a contemporary spin on Diana’s 1980s ‘Sloane Ranger’ look.

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