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:

Neil Barrett

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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.

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Stella McCartney

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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.

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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.

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 Alexander McQueen


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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.

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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.

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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.

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Loro Piana

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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.

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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.

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 Thom Browne

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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.

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Channel your inner boho with this bicolour dip-dye Lanvin tee. Cut from natural cotton-jersey, the bourgeois is in the contrasting French red and grey tones. Team this garçon with dark trousers and white sneakers for a charming street look.

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 See also: 7 Menswear Essentials For The Beach

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