Styling Short Sleeved Shirts

Written by: Kimberley Sandford | July 25, 2017.

shirtsShort sleeved shirts – with various prints, patterns, and colours, they can be difficult to style.

So, what can they be paired with? Well, we have outfit suggestions for you. Follow this guidance on how to wear short sleeved shirts.


Want a smart shirt but with a unique print design? Versace Jeans’s regular fit black shirt has a dark yellow printed design on the short sleeves and the pouch pocket with black collars.

Or if you want a less striking pattern, Ted Baker’s blue chambray shirt has an overall printed geometric design with an additional printed interior paisley pattern – you can see the paisley design on the stitched turn up cuffs on the short sleeves.

Shirts with strong and vibrant patterns must be paired with plain trousers otherwise two clashing patterns can really complicate your outfit.

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With black trousers and dark shoes, you can achieve a casual-formal look. Diesel’s black jeans has a regular slim tapered leg which gives a more fitted look, and the stretch material is soft and comfortable to wear.

Keep it simple by adding a pair of these comfortable Lacoste’s matching black trainers with ortholite insoles, panelled leather and fabric uppers.

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If you’re looking for a summery style or a beach outfit, wear florals because they are the current trend this summer! See other ways to wear floral patterns.

Antony Morato’s chambray has an overall printed navy floral and leaf design with a blue pearlescent fastening. The slim fit shape and stitched cuffs on the sleeves gives a smarter finish.

Or for a lighter tone, this Levis’s classic cotton white shirt has a printed wildness plant leaf design.

Try this Vivienne Westwood’s floral brown and gold shirt, which is also available in grey and white.

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Floral shirts must be paired with plain trousers or shorts – you don’t want to overdo your outfit because clashing patterns can ruin the summery look you’re trying to pull off.

You can also wear these shirts as an open jacket with a plain t-shirt underneath.

Wear with this Henri Lloyd light grey chino shorts or this Luke 1997 tailored slim fit navy chino shorts for a smarter finish. Finish off the look with slides or white shoes like this lightweight Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II OX trainers, which features a dotted detail in granite white and blue.

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Make a bold statement by pairing this vintage blue Superdry Biker slim fit denim shirt with a similar wash jean trousers. Create a striking double denim outfit with this Armani Jeans’s slim fit indigo blue jeans that has a distressed effect with 3D crease effect fading.

Or for a relaxed street style outfit, wear the shirt with a darker wash jeans, and bring a trendy detail by cuffing the jeans.

If you are not a fan of double denim, wear the shirt with a pair of dark chino trousers, which are comfortable and versatile – you need to balance the tones so dark denim shirts match well with black or dark navy-blue chinos, like Boss Orange’s slim fit chino trousers.

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Accessorise with an authentic leather brown belt from Fred Perry and add some brown or tan Chelsea boots to bring a contrasting colour to the outfit, such as Grenson Declan’s chocolate brown or snuff brown traditional style Chelsea boots. It has soft suede leather uppers with elasticated panels on each side of the ankle.

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White shirts are easy to style and can be paired with anything.

For a formal look, add Antony Morato’s white shirt with some dark trousers and black brogues.

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For a casual look, pair it with jeans, but choose navy-wash because it would match well with the shirt’s full front blue pearlescent button fastening.

You can even remove the navy collar – the shirt has a band-style collar with an additional removable pointed chambray collar in a circle and dot design.

Finally, add this silver water-resistant Hugo Boss Pilot Vintage Edition Stainless Steel Wristwatch which has a day date display at the 3 O’clock numeral.

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Dress up your sportswear with Fred Perry’s gingham shirt – a trendy piece to add to your wardrobe. This bold design plays with three colours: rosewood red, light blue and white, and has turn up cuffs at the sleeves.

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Pair with this pair of Hugo Boss’s dark grey jogging bottoms with a blue trim. It features ribbed ankle cuffs to bring attention to the ankles. Ruffle up the joggers at the legs to create a rippling effect for a street look.

This is perfect for wearing stylish loafers without socks or with shoe liners. However, if you want a more casual look, add these khaki trainers with panelled leather and woven mesh uppers from Lacoste.

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To achieve the best look, make sure the shirt is fitted well to your body shape. Tailor it if necessary, or opt for specifically tailored fit shirts available on Mainline Menswear.

Get the perfect fitted shirt through three ways:

  • The seam connecting the sleeve to the shirt must rest on your shoulder.
  • The hemline must hit at your hips.
  • The sleeves must hug your bicep or at least is a centimetre away from your biceps.

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