Despite popular belief, it is in fact possible to keep your outfit casual without resorting to gym clothes or loungewear. The solution lies in a solid rotation of casual shirts, which are perfect for nailing that dapper dressed-down look. To channel relaxed everyday style, ditch the suit and team your button-down of choice with jeans – or shorts in summer – and trainers. It's that simple. From breezy linen shirts to short-sleeved floral styles, discover our pick of the best casual shirts for men right now.
Channelling a sense of playfulness into everything it produces, Percival is one of our go-to brands for casual shirts with character. The London-based brand's aptly-named Aperitif Knit is the perfect beach-to-bar style saviour. Knitted from 100% cotton, it boasts a lovely textured feel. Wear it buttoned or unbuttoned over a plain white tee.
Wax London's shirting contingent features a bevy of prints and patterns to choose from, but this red and blue floral iteration of the brand's bestselling Didcot Shirt gets our pick. Its retro-inspired camp collar cut and lightweight, breezy feel makes it an instant summer classic.
In the sticky summer months, you simply can't go wrong with an airy linen shirt. We love this version from Swedish label A Day's March, which is available in an array of summery colours. Wear it with swim shorts and espadrilles for an effortless poolside look.
Lisbon-based label ISTO.'s workwear-inspired Chambray Shirt is a casual classic. Crafted from 100% organic cotton, it's soft yet ultra-durable, so it's guaranteed to stand the test of time. Roll up the sleeves and leave the top two buttons undone for a relaxed everyday look that screams off-duty.
With its roots in denim production, German label Closed remains a fantastic go-to for relaxed everyday staples, casual shirts included. This utilitarian-inspired long-sleeve shirt is crafted in Italy from lightweight twill, and dyed naturally for a washed-out look. Embrace the workwear aesthetic by teaming it with loose cargo trousers and canvas high-top trainers.
The denim shirt is a casual wardrobe hero that will inject just the right amount of laid-back elegance into any ensemble. This version from ASKET is crafted from heavyweight organic cotton and finished with mother of pearl buttons for an elevated take on the menswear staple. Wear it with chinos or jeans if you're feeling brave enough to tackle the double denim trend.
CDLP creates some of the most cutting-edge casual shirts for men, both in terms of style and construction. This playful printed shirt is crafted from Ecovero, a premium viscose fibre that's derived from wood pulp and produced with significantly lower energy and water than generic viscose. Stylish and sustainable, what's not to love?
Grandad collar shirts tend to be rather divisive, but here at OPUMO, we're firm fans – particularly of this style by L'Estrange. Crafted from a silky linen-cotton blend with just a hint of stretch, it's designed to be worn all year round. Team it with shorts and sandals in summer and jeans and Chelsea boots in the colder months.
Hamilton and Hare is best-known for its oh-so-comfy underwear, but it also happens to make a great line of casual shirts, as evidenced by this camp collar pique cotton style. With a relaxed fit and super-soft construction, it's perfect for poolside lounging and best teamed with an afternoon spritz.
Spanish label Neutrale creates relaxed essentials inspired by the natural beauty of the Mediterranean. Its 100% linen Balearic Shirt channels this through a relaxed, softly draped silhouette and sunset-coloured buttons. Complete the holiday-ready look with a fresh tan and salty skin.
This striped camp collar shirt from Forét is cut from lightweight seersucker tencel to keep you looking and feeling cool all summer long. Give it a casual edge with selvedge denim jeans and leather trainers.
Embrace the terrycloth trend and beat the heat in The Resort Co's Terry Short Sleeve Shirt. Handcrafted in Portugal from 100% organic cotton, it's super-soft and breathable. Pair it with The Resort Co's matching terry shorts for an effortless summer look.
The beauty of the men's Oxford shirt is its versatility: this is a style that lends itself just as well to semi-formal office ensembles as to everyday casual wear. Try this organic cotton version from Dutch label Unrecorded unbuttoned over a plain white tee for a stylish dressed-down look.
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