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|29 Nov 2021|4 mins

How To Find The Perfect Party Shirt

Let's break down a summer staple.
Mens party shirts on instagram influencer @nicktruelove printed boxy short sleeve shirts for summer 2021Mens party shirts on instagram influencer @nicktruelove printed boxy short sleeve shirts for summer 2021

Perhaps in 2021 more than ever, the idea of dressing up to hit the town this summer seems incredibly appealing. And with that sense of youthful enthusiasm, a new wave of playfulness has also taken hold in the way men dress. We’re more ready to embrace bold colours, loud prints and flowy, breezy fabrics than ever before, and the last few seasons have seen a collision between the worlds of razor-sharp streetwear and fun-loving party clothes. At the middle of all this lies the party shirt.

There’s a good chance you’ve probably worked some kind of loud shirt into your wardrobe over the previous few years of festival dressing and long summer soirees, but it’s also a deceptively tricky piece to pull off. Short sleeved shirts can look a little; geeky when not worn right, and even pairing them with the wrong outfits can be a recipe for disaster. So with all this being said, here are some failsafe methods to make sure your next party shirt nails the brief of fashion-forward leisure.

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Hemp Minimal Thrills Short Sleeve Shirt
Hemp Minimal Thrills Short Sleeve Shirt

The fabric

Party shirts are designed to move with you, whether you’re on the dance floor, on the DJ deck or pulling it back on after a leisurely swim. As such, we like to move away from materials that feel, for the lack of a better word, too shirty. A good party shirt should feel deconstructed and lightweight, whether they’re made of a softer cotton blend, relaxed linen or our new summer favourite, hemp.  

Our pick: Thrills Hemp Minimal Thrills Short Sleeve Shirt 

Deus Ex Machina Naito SS ShirtDeus Ex Machina Naito SS Shirt

The print

Being bold in your choice of shirt can actually make the difference between getting a shirt that looks like it’s made for the summer and one that’s made for sprucing up a business outfit. While Hawaiian shirts and tropical beach-inspired prints were once a fashion taboo, they’ve never been more appropriate. Opt for 50's inspired retro prints instead of playing it safe with a paisley or checkered pattern.

Our pick: Deus Ex Machina Naito SS Shirt

Deus Ex Machina Hot Coral SS ShirtDeus Ex Machina Hot Coral SS Shirt

The cut

Getting a rigid, boxy short-sleeved shirt is the quickest way to step out looking like you should be spending the day working an IT job. Opt for a relaxed cut that you can either wear with a few buttons undone or layer with a t-shirt underneath for a look that pairs well with shorts and sneakers. Also, consider the collar. The camp collar’s naturally summery look, first popularised to help people keep cool in the steamy Caribbean, adds a certain level of fun that a traditional oxford collar simply can’t match.

Our pick: Deus Ex Machina Hot Coral SS Shirt

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