The Summer Shirt Guide SS21

The time for warm-weather dressing is here and that means it’s finally time to break out your summer shirting. The summer shirt has had a bit of renaissance in recent years. It’s in many ways superior to the t-shirt in hot weather – its open weave style, wider, open collar and slightly smarter appearance makes for a cooler and more versatile option for when it really heats up.

Here at Stuarts London, we have a wide selection of quality shirts available from well-established brands old and new, known for their quality craftsmanship and attention to detail. In this guide, we’ll take you through some of your favourite releases this season so you can get your summer shirt rotation in full swing.

Portuguese Flannel

A family run business that has been in shirt-making for over three generations, in a town in Northern Portugal renowned for its rich historical ties with quality garment production. Portuguese Flannel produce garments that are designed for the streets of Porto where the sun beats down on the pavements during the days and the evenings are humid.

The brand uses a variety of fabrics but Lyocell, viscose, cotton and linen are all commonly found, often combined together in intricate weaves. All fabrics are known for being lightweight but durable and above all – breathable making them ideal for the summer heat.

The brand is also known for its use of bold pattern which goes well with this style. Patterns are good for hiding imperfections in the body that would otherwise show with a t-shirt – yet another win for the summer shirt! Whether you want a pattern or something more simple Portuguese Flannel have got you covered no matter your taste.


Danton is a workwear brand with its roots in providing garments to Parisian workers throughout the 1900s. Today the French workwear spirit of the brand is still plain to see with elements of Japanese streetwear style worked in. For SS21 the brand focus on quality fabrics in their shirts with rich linens, oxford cloth, and chambray making them ideal for warmer climate.

Their signature rounded collar is a nod to their workwear heritage, while their loose fit and half button placket are casual details that help make the shirt less formal and more wearable with multiple styles. Check out our Workware Capsule for more styling ideas.


Levis are a brand that really needs no introduction. Their continuing relevance for over 168 years of supplying quality clothing proves that. They have this ability to create clothing that speaks to the current and future generations while at the same time always honouring their past and keeping in line with their brand values.

For this season Levis has released a very solid lineup of summer shirts in a variety of styles and patterns which are current but draw upon the brand’s rich heritage. Bold patterns with classic open collars are the name of the game here, all of which are easy to wear with everything from shorts to jeans, sneakers or open shoes.

Universal Works

Always one for quality over quantity Universal Works are a UK based brand with a dedicated following thanks to their high-quality garments and unique designs every season. For SS21 they have a very nice lineup of summer shirts utilising striking patterns and specially selected materials for a shirt that looks as good as it feels to wear.

From seersucker, chambray and cotton/linen blends these shirts are an easy way to mix comfort and style. The collection takes inspiration from oriental design while others utilise detailed embroidery.

None Of The Above

Establishing themselves through their dedication to classic design with special attention to build quality. None Of The Above wants you to have well-made wardrobe staples that are easy to wear and have a premium quality finish. Their Summer Shirt collection are all made in Italy using the finest open-weave cotton for an effortless style that gives you endless pairing options.

Lightweight and breathable with a classic camp collar design – a failsafe option paired with shorts and a nice pair of boat shoes or canvas shoes for an easy summer-ready look.

Here at Stuarts London, we have a wide range of summer-ready shirts available to shop for now. Check out these brands and many more for the best offerings in menswear shirting. Check out our full range of shirting options below.

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