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5 Days, 5 Ways: The Short Sleeve Silk Shirt

high shine for hot temps

Rising temps mean rising sleeves, amirite? Now that’s June, 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 February?) out and about. If you’re a regular reader you probably already own a short sleeve shirt, a favorite of the men of 1960’s NASA and myself. Opting for one in a silky fabric brings a whole ‘nother level of style.

Favored by our fave #SGMadness contenders like Harry Styles, The Biebs, and Bruno Mars, even Katy Perry’s new flame Orlando Bloom has hopped on the silk shirt bandwagon. It’s not hard guys, and it’s totally worth it. The silk fabric has a softer, more flowing fit than your standard, stiffer cotton styles, which means it’s extra cool and breezy.

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.

THE SILK SHIRT: TODD SNYDER, $128

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

Blazer: Reiss, $545 | Trousers: J.Crew, $75 | Shoes: To Boot New York, $200

Belt: Uniqlo, $30 | Glasses: Warby Parker, $145 | Lapel Flower: Hook+Albert, $30

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

TUESDAY

Suit: Suit Supply, $999 | Shoes: Alden, $526 | Sunglasses: Barton Perreira, $595

Wallet: United by Blue, $98 | No Show Socks: Mack Weldon, $17/2 pair | Luggage Tag: Flight 001, $7

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

WEDNESDAY

Bomber: Steven Alan, $112 | Jeans: Nudie, $125 | Sneakers: Nike, $165

Hair Clay: Bumble and bumble, $29 | Candle: Byredo, $80 | Tumblers: LSA, $33

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

THURSDAY 

Tee: Everlane, $16 | Trousers: Sid Mashburn, $175 | Shoes: Want les Essentiels, $450

Cap: Wood Wood, $35 | Belt: Maximum Henry, $115 | Wallet: Paul Smith, $225

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

FRIDAY 

Sweater: Outerknown, $225 | Chinos: Gant, $155Bracelet: Mansai, $115 

Shoe: Sperry Topsider x Jack Spade, $75 | Watch: Linjer, $249 

Fragrance: Eight & Bob, $45

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

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