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Peter Bevan

Best camp collar shirts to suit your style in summer 2023

The camp shirt is a design every man needs in their rotation this season.

Also known as a Cuban, revere or holiday shirt, it’s a button down design that’s characterised by a relaxed, lay-flat spread collar - with no top button in sight. First concieved in 18th century Cuba, it was originally designed as a workwear staple for farmers as a cooler alternative to the mandarin collar.

Over 200 years later, and it’s since been adopted by preppy types in mid-century America, worn beneath tailoring in 80s Miami, and dubbed the ‘Capri’ by those on the Italian Riviera - not to mention being worn by everyone from Elvis to JFK. Whilst the Noughties may have seen a decline in its popularity, this decade, it’s back with a bang - and we’re fully on board.

Brimming with retro glamour, it’s no wonder the silhouette has made its way to the top of our wish lists once more. Thanks to its short-sleeved, boxy cut, it’s every man’s sartorial saviour that delivers stylish off-duty elegance à la The Talented Mr. Ripley, compromising neither on style nor comfort.

The good news? You can wear them with just about anything, depending on the vibe; sports shorts for a sunny day in the park, denim for an afternoon spent exploring the city, or open over a ribbed vest for a dinner date. The versatility means you’ll get a great deal of wear out of your chosen style, so it’s worth investing in one you know you’ll wear more than once.

Whether you’re parital to a rough and ready linen or a flowing viscose, a bold print or a minimal colourway, the options on offer mean every man’s taste will be satisfied be the summer staple - and every budget is covered too.

Keep scrolling for the best.

Cos Camp-Collar Seersucker Shirt

An ultra-lightweight fabric that even looks great when it’s creased, seersucker is ideal if you’re looking for something to throw-on-and-go when the sun’s shining.

Better yet, Cos’ design features an all-over 70s-inspired tie dye that’s brings the summer spirit even if the weather’s not playing ball.

Buy now £59.00, Cos

Arket Linen Shirt

Every man’s holiday wardrobe needs a piece or two from Arket. This boxy fit shirt would look great work with shorts for a day spent exploring a sun-drenched town in a far flung destination - or could even be dressed up with black trousers and a ribbed vest for an evening look.

Buy now £69.00, Arket

Jacquemus Jean Wave-Print Viscose Shirt

Whether you’re in the market for playful prints or vibrant colourways, season after season, Jacquemus’ collections are full of vacation-ready essentials. Featuring a chalky beige and lilac wave print and a tonal embroidered logo, this shirt is both easy-going and sophisticated.

Buy now £300.00, MatchesFashion

Nanushka Ayaan Knitted camp shirt Coffee bean

Known for its premium fabrics and contemporary silhouettes, Nanushka’s menswear offering is equal parts eclectic and luxury - given the option, I’d wear it head to toe on the daily.

Whether you’re mooching around a balmy European town or relaxing by the water, it will elevate your warm weather wardrobe to new heights.

Buy now £365.00, Nanushka

Albus Lumen Cuban-collar cotton short-sleeved shirt

Inspired by Slim Aarons’ Poolside book, Albus Lumen founder Marina Afonina’s collections of elevated resortwear wouldn’t look out of place in one of his iconic photographs - and we love the bold red.

Buy now £275.00, MatchesFashion

Oas Sculpted Herring Cuba Terry Shirt

Stockholm-based brand Oas knows its way around a camp collar shirt. With countless iterations on offer, you’re sure to find a style that works.

Our favourite is this herringbone pattern that’s constructed using a textured terry towelling - the perfect poolside shirt.

Buy now £105.00, Oas

Ahluwalia Khorba cotton-blend short-sleeved shirt

London-based designer Priya Ahluwalia reimagines her signature cuban silhouette every season. This time, it’s a geometric construction designed with contrasting panels and a blue and cream pattern - and it’s going straight in our basket.

Buy now £450.00, Ahluwalia

Moss Stripe Knitted Cuban Collar Shirt

Previously known best for its range of formalwear and tailoring, Moss now offers a great range of casual pieces, too - which, naturally, includes many iterations of a cuban collar shirt. Our favourite is this textured stripe that’s both breathable and tailored to the perfect slim fit.

Buy now £49.95, John Lewis

Axel Arigato Holiday Shirt

You may be familiar with Axel Arigato’s strong selection of trainers, but they also boast a collection of ready-to-wear that’s not to be missed, either.

Whilst this shirt has a relaxed summer fit, the fabric is a touch more heavyweight than others in this edit, making it a great layer for cooler summer evenings.

Buy now £225.00, Axel Arigato

ASOS DESIGN boxy oversized revere beach shirt in crinkle cotton in rust £30.00

The crinkle cotton textile gives ASOS’ rust coloured shirt a free and easy look. An oversized fit, it will take you from the beach to the bar with ease - now all you need is some tailored swim shorts to take it to the next level.

Buy now £30.00, ASOS

Reiss Vanpelt Printed Cuban Collar Short Sleeve Shirt

If you’re into the Casablanca aesthetic but not the price tag, then Reiss’ printed shirt is a great second best. Constructed using 100 per cent recycled polyester, it’s a responsible purchase, too.

Buy now £118.00, Reiss

Fiorucci Rising Sphere Bowling Shirt Multi

For bold statement pieces, it’s Fiorucci that should be on your wishlist - and this shirt is a case in point. Crafted from a lightweight bio-based tencel, it’s both sustainably made and perfectly free-flowing.

Buy now £195.00, Fiorucci

Percival Blue Willow Long Sleeve Cuban Shirt

What’s not to love about Percival’s willow shirt? Featuring a casual collar and a free-spirited willow tree print, you’ll breeze through holiday season with this in your suitcase, whatever the destination.

Style it with blues and neutrals - not forgetting the all-important sunglasses, of course.

Buy now £159.00, Percival

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