How to Wear Men's Short Sleeve Button Down Casual Shirts

Hot temps and hotter style

Rising temps mean rising sleeves, amirite? In spring and summer, it’s time to give up on rolling those OCBD’s over your elbows and get those guns (you know, that summer bod you’ve been working on since January?) out and about.

Why we love short sleeve button down shirts on guys

If you’re a regular reader you probably already own a men’s short sleeve button down casual shirt, a favorite of the men of 1960’s NASA and myself. Opting for one in an easy-breezy fabric brings a whole ‘nother level of style.

Favored by our fave #SGMadness contenders like Harry Styles, The Biebs, and Bruno Mars have hopped on the silk shirt bandwagon. And I swear, it’s not hard guys! And the effort is totally worth the outfit. The fabric has a softer, more flowing fit than your standard, stiffer cotton styles, which means it’s extra cool and breezy.

How a short sleeve button up shirt should fit

To keep from looking like your uncle at his bowling match, opt for a slightly fitted cut and avoid paneled designs. I like a bold floral, but you can’t go wrong with a solid. And, I’ll let you in on a little secret when it comes to shopping for the silk shirt: it doesn’t have to be silk. As long as it has a bit of a sheen, most people won’t be able to tell if it’s silk, satin, rayon, or viscose.

How to wear a silky shirt five ways:

A short sleeve silk shirt adds a touch of luxury to every outfit without feeling fussy. 


shoes: To Boot New York, $200 | Belt: Uniqlo, $30

Wear it well: Bring your silk shirt to work, and out for drinks after, with a blazer and trousers.


suit: Suit Supply, $999 | shoes: Alden, $526 | socks: Mack Weldon, $17/2 pair

Wear it well:  Travel in style with your silk shirt and a lightweight suit so you’re guaranteed to arrive in style.


jeans: Nudie, $125 | hair clay: Bumble and bumble, $29

Wear it well: A silk shirt adds just enough class to your jeans and sneakers for a night of fun.


tee: Everlane, $16 | trousers: Sid Mashburn, $175 | cap: Wood Wood, $35

Wear it well: Wear your silk shirt open over a tee for an updated 50’s greaser vibe.


bracelet: Miansai, $115 | watch: Linjer, $249  | fragrance: Eight & Bob, $45

Wear it well: Make your silk shirt more casual by subbing it into your favorite weekend look.