April 12, 2013

Men’s Trend Report: Short Sleeve Shirts

 

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Balmain

 

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Kenzo

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Jil Sander

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Burberry Prorsum

 

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Louis Vuitton

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Valentino

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John Varvatos

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Christopher Kane

 

It’s about that time again gentlemen—you’ve either rolled up your sleeves or tried to ditch them completely, while wishing your favorite lightweight t-shirt wouldn’t ruin that stylish, debonair edge you’re going for this summer. Well, wish no more! Some of my favorite menswear looks from the spring/summer runways included a variety of short sleeve shirts, and I found this smooth, summer look to be extremely chic and well-played for the professional world or for a simple afternoon outing.

No matter what your personal style is like, short sleeves have been re-imagined in ways that are sure to keep an elegant edge, yet still fit with your favorite warm-weather wardrobe picks. Some designers such as Balmain and Louis Vuitton incorporated spring’s hottest trends straight onto their short sleeve shirts (including busy prints, bold colors, and springtime leathers) making the shirt a statement of its very own. Names like Kenzo and Jil Sander chose a different route by layering two short sleeve shirts together, and Kenzo styled the livelier of the two underneath, revealing an interesting pop of print and color at the arms and collar.

While Kenzo played on the popular trend of mixing patterns, I’m holding Burberry Prorsum responsible for the most striking button-up we’ve seen yet considering their play on metallics. Unsurprisingly, I leave it to Hermès to produce the world’s most expensive short sleeve on the market to date in their spring 2013 collection. Perhaps it may not be very practical, but in true Hermès fashion; bien vivre!

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