The Band-Collar Shirt Is the Perfect Addition to Your Late-Summer Wardrobe
Give those stuffy button-downs a rest
The standard collared shirt feels less relevant than ever right now. Maybe you slip one on to feel like some semblance of your pre-pandemic self, but largely they feel like a relic of time when you needed to look put-together, when you actually had to get dressed. But instead of shunning the button-up altogether, consider a twist on the form: the band-collar shirt.
Mao collar, grandad shirt, Mandarin collar — the particular style goes by various names, all of them implying the same short, standing collar. It’s a silhouette that just barley stands out from the crowd, playing a nice little visual trick: is it casual, is it formal? Who’s to say? The style is imbued with a casual elegance, intimating to others that coveted air of looking good without trying too hard.
When rendered in fabrics such as linen and chambray, as band collar shirts frequently are, they lend themselves well to late August, a time when getting dressed can feel like a chore. Throw one on with jeans, shorts or whatever bottoms you like, really, and let the shirt do the work for you.
Below are nine such shirts perfect for elevating your late-summer wardrobe.
Everlane The Linen Band Collar Shirt
For those just entering band-collar territory, this Everlane number is a good starter. The linen already makes it ideal for unbearable temps while the banded collar allows for more breathing room, meaning you won’t feel like you’re choking.
Scotch & Soda Regular Fit Collarless Shirt
Before you object to a denim shirt for the sweltering August heat, Scotch & Soda’s collarless shirt only gives the appearance of denim, so you can fulfill all your western sartorial desires, without suffering from heatstroke.
Reiss Yorker Striped Grandad Collar Shirt
If you buy some chance have some socially-distanced gathering to attend and want to give others the impression that you have your shit together, this is the shirt that’ll do it. Throw this on and people will have no clue you’re barely hanging on by a thread.
Mr. P Grandad-Collar Slub Cotton and Linen-Blend Chambray Half-Placket Shirt
Technically a pop-over rather than a button-down, the top from Mr.P isn’t any the less chic due to its lack of buttons. Instead, the half-placket shirt makes for the ideal summer to fall transition piece, further aided by the linen-blend chambray fabric. Take styling cues from Mr Porter and pair it with some white jeans and Birks for the perfect in-between-seasons look.
Mango Regular-Fit Mao Collar Lyocell Shirt
Who knows how many ridiculously hot days there are left to endure. For those, this easy breezy Mao collar shirt from Mango will prove to be a lifesaver.
A.P.C. Bobby Grandad Collar Shirt
If you already have your sights set on fall, start the process of prepping your wardrobe with this grandad collar shirt from A.P.C. The deep indigo blue will pair nicely with the rich autumnal colors the season brings, but if you can’t resist saving the shirt until then, wear it layered over a tee as a shacket of sorts.
Abercrombie & Fitch Super Slim Banded Collar Poplin Shirt
Abercrombie & Fitch is no longer the overly-fragranced retailer of our youth churning out tight-fitting logo tees, but is now surprisingly sophisticated, evidenced by this banded collar shirt from the brand. Made from a subtle printed poplin, it’s bound to become your go-to for when you want to get dressed without putting in the effort.
Cos Grandad Collar Cotton Shirt
A white button-down is a wardrobe staple, but add a little variety to the mix with this grandad collar option from Cos. It takes an already iconic wardrobe staple and elevates it even more.
Venroy Grandad Collar Shirt
Sometimes, you just wanna dress like an insanely chic Italian dude, the likes of who you would see photographed at Pitti Uomo. When that’s the case, you’d be wise to have this shirt on hand.
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