The t-shirt is a symbol of summer for men. And the staple cotton tee can just about be worn with anything: sitting solo with faded blue jeans and your comfiest kicks or slipped under a summer blazer and dark-hued chinos for a smart-casual fiasco. From the classic basic to the all-over print, here are 10 designer t-shirts to see you through the summer heat:
Rock on with Neil Barrett's printed bandana print t-shirt. In crimson cotton-jersey, it’s soft, but will get the blood pumping too; paired with your favourite leather perfecto, black skinnies and suede Chelsea boots.
Available at lanecrawford.com
The Beatles scion continues her push into luxury menswear with a range of organic t-shirts. Printed with a playful 'No Smile, No Service' slogan at the back, this unassuming white cotton shirt is an easy wear with summer blue jeans and low-cut leather sneakers.
Available at lanecrawford.com
Virgil Abloh plays punk to a sacred artwork with the Off-White Caravaggio print shirt. The streetwear brand’s signature black diagonal stripes back the shirt, while front on, the blue-hued ‘Madonna of the Rosemary’ scene – with masked mouth and “Seeing Things” graphic – is certainly the talking point. Oversized and relaxed, keep this tee for statement street looks.
Available at brownsfashion.com
The British house blooms this summer with an allover floral patterned t-shirt. Crafted from pure cotton, it features a round neckline and short sleeves, for a classic. Pair with a sandy chino and a gum-green bomber jacket to keep the natural nuance.
Available at harrods.com
It’s not summer without a white and navy nautical-striped t-shirt. Cut from cotton-jersey and with a classic crewneck, Sacai’s Japan-made style sails at the higher end of the style spectrum, thanks to unfinished hems designed to continue to distress with time for added character.
Available at barneys.com
Romantic and retro collide for designer Alessandro Michele. In deep yellow and a contrast raglan navy sleeve, Gucci’s cotton-jersey t-shirt is emblazoned with this season’s angry cat motif and fiery ‘Hollywood’ slogan, both appliqué to attest the Maison's craftsmanship. Pair with stonewash jeans and a Varsity Harrington jacket. So Seventies.
Available at mrporter.com
Loro Piana’s light grey t-shirt is a tribute to cotton basics. But with a most luxurious twist. Cut from a super-soft silk and cotton fabric, this update on the classic t-shirt is the perfect tonal top with white trousers, or switch in a vibrant pair of swim shorts and hit the beach.
Available at bergdorfgoodman.com
The ‘tourist’ t-shirt from Vetements is a quirky quip on the slogan tee. In muted green and cotton-jersey -- with a crew neck and short sleeves -- ‘Ich komm' zum Glück aus Osnabrück!’, which translates as ‘I’m lucky to be from Osnabrück’ is printed in white at the front and back. Pair with sandals and a leather backpack for a German-chic vacationer vibe.
Available at ssense.com
Not skiwear at all, the ‘skier embroidery piqué’ t-shirt is cut from classic textured cotton and boasts an all-over graphic motif embroidery. Preppy and playful, the piece is finished with a chest patch pocket and boasts the New Yorker’s signature tricolour grosgrain pull loop at the back. Take the slopes into summer.
Available at ln-cc.com
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