In the past, short-sleeved button downs may have gotten a bad rap thanks to TV characters like The Office’s Dwight Schrute and Family Matter’s Steve Urkel. But it wasn’t what they were wearing that made these shirts look so shockingly horrible―it was how they were worn.
Yes, a short-sleeve shirt worn correctly―untucked and without a tie―can be a great casual summer option.
When sporting a short-sleeve button down, you’ll also want a breathable linen or cotton fabric to help keep the heat at bay. Stock up on options that have a tailored feel to the sleeves.
For a few more insider tips on summer style, check out how to nail it this season with our men’s manual.