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The Best Short Sleeved Shirts We've Worn So Far [Updated]

Photo: California Cowboy

Slipping into a short sleeved shirt is a slippery slope to shorts and open toed shoes. It’s a high risk, high reward game, so here are your best bets.


Photo: Icebreaker
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Icebreaker’s Cool-Lite Compass Shirt is one of the best-looking short sleeved button downs I’ve ever seen, so the fact that it’s merino and Tencel is just... icing on the cake.


Photo: Western Rise

Western Rise’s AirLight Cloth is a super airy blend that’s stretchy, water-repellant, and sustainable.


Photo: Civic
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“... perfectly tailored, perfectly weighted, wrinkle-resistant shirt you’ll want to own multiple of. Made of 70% merino and 30% Sorona, a “...plant-based fiber that increases softness, tensile strength and adds increased movement while retaining shape.”, the Jack is literally a perfect blend. -Me


Twillory untuck(able)
Photo: Twillory
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Update 6/7/18: A cotton poplin short sleeve from the makers of some of our favorite dress shirts? Count us in. Just look at those ice pops. Get them for $54 if you buy 4 or more.

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Pladra Murph
Photo: Pladra

Another cotton poplin, this one a bit more rugged, from the makers of our favorite plaid.

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Illustration: California Cowboy
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For something completely different, Towel-lined, and sporting a built-in dry pocket, the High Water is slim fitting and beer-friendly- the ultimate shirt for the beach or most places really.


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Shane Roberts

Editor Emeritus, The Inventory