Fit to a Tee

Stylish summery shirts for him

Fashion advice used to warn of the potential evils of the t-shirt, but it wasn’t these styles they had in mind. Throw away your graphic tees, yes, and please include the college football shirt you’re still keeping just in case in that trash pile. The haute couture set has finally caught up with casual-wear, and these tees will put your fraternity formal shirt to shame, but finally give you the comfy option you deserve.

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Take the Plunge
Okay, plunging necklines are still definitely for women, but these v-necked designs will bare nothing more than your Adam’s apple. Hugo Boss’s slim fit striped cotton tee adds visual interest without straying too far from its crew necked origins. Perfect atop a bathing suit or layered under a cardigan, this will take you through summer and into fall. ($125,


hugo boss v-neck

Fan Favorite
There’s a reason Vince nicknamed this Henley long sleeve the “favorite.” The go-to style comes in white, navy, or black, and you’ll want it in every color. Easy to layer, the soft cotton is also dressy enough to wear on its own. The four-button neckline lets you choose how low to go, while the shoulder and arm seams maintain structure. ($85,

vince henley

Points of Interest
The graphic tee trend of the last decade has made way for a more sophisticated counterpart, in shirts with brief spots of interest rather than splashy sayings and loud logos. Thom Brown’s striped cotton-pique long sleeve bears stripes only on the left sleeve, creating an interesting visual and a distinctive designer style. The relaxed fit makes it perfect to wear with jeans, but the trim and pocket add enough style to wear with trousers as well. ($420,

thom brown - long sleeve

Not Your Grandpa’s Polo
Move aside, golf shirts. Polos aren’t just for the country club any longer. With fun prints, unexpected material, and funky designs, this year’s polos break the mold. Wallace & Barnes design for J.Crew breaks all the rules, featuring an indigo denim base printed with tiny anchors and fitted with roll-up sleeves. Think a sexier, subtler, sailor-inspired style that is better suited to the beach than the links. ($78, or at stores in East Hampton and Southampton)

j-crew - polo