How to Style: Short Sleeve Shirts

Short sleeve shirts. Try saying that 5 times fast.
This sartorial tongue twister has become somewhat awkward for me. Until a couple of years ago I thought they were only acceptable on gorgeous Greek waiters. But this is one of the few trends that I have done a complete about turn on. And I'm very uncomfortable about it. 
 
I blame Call Me By Your Name. No one wears a shirt like Armie Hammer. There was something about the loose fit and pastel colours which made me rethink. Until then I had always been so vocal about associating short sleeve shirts (SSS) with the black shirts I wore to bartend many moons ago or with Dwight Schrute, beet connoisseur but hardly a style icon.
Dwight Schrute
For this, I can only apologise. Because for at least 6 months of the year I am wrong.
However it can be a fine line, so to make an SSS look more leading man than man leading people to their tables, I would suggest sticking to these 5 rules.

1. Keep it loose.

It should drape across your shoulders and chest. Loose and flowy. Bursting out of straining buttons is the fastest way to look like you might know the specials. 
Armie Hammer - Call Me By Your Name

2. Don’t be afraid to have a little fun.

The SSS is a summer garment so keep the colours light and bright. 
Elvis in a Camp collar shirt

3. No ties.

SSS are not appropriate formalwear. A crisp white shirt with linen trousers will always look smart but if the dress code calls for a tie then stay clear of the SSS. They look best when worn casually. 
Jude Law: The Talented Mr Ripley

4. Opt for a Camp collar.

Also known as a revere or cuban collar, it is the best way to make your SSS look as relaxed as you will feel wearing it. 
The Marvellous Mrs Maisel

5. Do the buttons up.

Or if you insist on exposing your chest, do it with the confidence on James Bond. And be on a beach.
Sean Connery, Thunderball

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