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5 Days, 5 Ways: How to Wear a Camp Collar Shirt

Up to your neck in summer style

By Gabi Meyers | Last Updated: Aug 9 2020

You may not be familiar with the camp collar shirt by name. But! I bet you’ve definitely seen one. Maybe even worn one! This casual warm weather shirt has been claimed as an off-duty favorite by stylish guys from James Bond to Chris Pine.

Oh that? You may think when you see one. That’s a Hawaiian shirt. But guys, it’s so much more. Let me explain.

What is a camp collar shirt, anyway?

A style staple of the 1950’s, camp collar shirts are characterized by their lack of collar band (making the collar a little floppy), short sleeves, and a loose, straight-cut fit.

Colors and patterns

Solid whites and blues are always a safe bet, of course, but feel free to opt for a fun, nostalgic print. After all, this style of shirt is strictly for play.

l to r: J.Crew, Reyn Spooner (x2), Gitman Vintage

As you can see from the screenshot above, pulled from the current camp collar shirt offerings on East Dane, there’s so many ways to wear this shirt. Think: chinos, jeans and even shorts. Best left untucked, the camp collar shirt looks equally stylish on an upcoming Summer Friday half-day, at a backyard barbecue, and at the bar.

As our pal Peter Nguyen over at The Essential Man says, “Tag them in into any outfit that would call for a collared shirt and you’re golden.”

Below, how to wear a camp collar shirt five ways:


trousers: Bonobos, $98 | watch: Timex, $129 | cologne: Byredo, $175

SG Says: Elevate your camp collar shirt with trousers and loafers in beautiful fabrics and supple leather accessories. As the folks over at Mr Porter wisely recommend, the camp collar shirt has an “appealing, languid, sort of what-do-I-care-ness,” so “just make sure you keep everything else very clean and classic.”


backpack: Doughnut, $95 | sneakers: Vans, $60

SG Says: With shorts and a pair of clean white sneaks, this shirt can get you through the end of the school year in style.


espadrilles: Rivieras, $78 | belt: H&M, $13

SG Says: Perfect for plenty of warm weather occasions, pair your camp collar shirt with a pair of white jeans and some espadrilles for an easy-breezy weekend look.


joggers: Zanerobe, $99 | denim jacket: Levi’s, $90 | sneakers: Nike, $130

SG Says: Roll up the sleeves of your denim jacket (you have one by now, right?!), and don’t forget a new pair of kicks – they’re great conversation starters!


shorts: H&M, $25 | swim trunks: Boardies, $70 | espadrilles: Soludos, $

sunglasses: Raen, $175 | towel: Hang Ten, $25 | speaker: B&O Play, $400

SG Says: For one of those weird half-day Summer Fridays where you’re supposed to stay at your desk til 2pm, grab your camp collar shirt and pack some swim trunks. Change when you get to the beach. You’ll be all set.

Shop #SGApproved Camp Collar Shirts:

Bonobos, $88

SG Says: Bonobos is always reliable for an affordable and stylish short-sleeve summer shirt.

After all, their Riviera button-up is practically a SG HQ Hall of Famer at this point.

Madewell, $32 (on sale!)

SG Says: This palm frond-covered camp collar shirt from Madewell Men’s makes us want to take a lazy walk to the coffee shop for a cold brew and good conversation.

Abercrombie & Fitch, $28 (on sale!)

SG Says: We’ve been saying this for awhile now, but do not sleep on Abercrombie, guys! The brand has come a long way since it was slapping that moose on everything. Exhibit A: this easy-breezy camp collar short-sleeve shirt.

It does run a little tight in the arms, so if you’re going for a more roomy look and feel, size up.