Warm weather means it's time for an all-time summer essential: the men's short-sleeve white shirt. It's your relaxed summer companion: teamed with chinos for summer drinks, on cooler beach evenings with your swimming shorts, or just thrown over a t-shirt with your weekend jeans for Saturday morning coffee back home. Your wardrobe simply isn't complete without one - or several - of these all-time classics.  We've picked out our top 8 men's white short-sleeve shirts for you to choose from. 

Best men's white short-sleeve shirts in 2023

Wax London White Window Check Drum Shirt

Subtle tonal check in navy and white marks out Wax London's characteristically individual take on the men's white short-sleeved shirt as something special. Square cut is as relaxed as your summer days are, rear hem curved to tuck in or leave loose, collar has echoes of the 1970s. All-cotton construction includes 78% French organic cotton and there's a classic front patch pocket. Natural corozo nut buttons form the final finishing details.

Hamilton and Hare White Pique Open Collar Shirt

The look says relaxed, the feel even more so. Hamilton and Hare's speciality is what's great next to your skin - here an open weave pique jersey fabric in 100% cotton. Ideal for those warmer evenings, letting you really feel the cooling breeze. Design is in London, crafting in Portugal for top, ethical, quality. The Cuban collar adds to laidback style, straight cut hem with subtle side slits invites you to team with shorts, jeans, chinos. Buttons are bespoke, in corozo nut.

Forét White/Cloud Twig Shirt

Dedicated to outdoor living - "forét" being French for forest, of course - this Danish label aims to produce pieces that speak of "stillness and simplicity". That ethos is expressed in both the name of their Twig Shirt and, more importantly, the cut and style of this summer wardrobe piece. Tonal embroidered stripes mark this 100% soft cotton shirt out as something special, relaxed cut and camp collar make it ideal for warm weather layering.

Percival Linen Shirt

For effortless summer elegance, Percival's white short-sleeved shirt, in 100% linen, is a no-brainer. It’s a fabric that's perfect for wicking moisture off skin, really breathing on warmer days. Percival call it their "getaway shirt" and we'd agree that this is a piece that speaks of your next holiday destination. Dress it down at the beachside bar with shorts, or dress it up with dark cotton trousers on a night out.

The Resort Co White Terry Short Sleeve Shirt

Island getaways, sunny beach evenings, lounging in style is The Resort Co's message. Soft terry fabric - in 100% organic cotton - means the Terry Short Sleeve Shirt is ideal for post-pool wear. The retro-inspired open collar is in the Cuban - or camp - style and the minimalist relaxed look will easily take you from poolside lounger to casual seafood restaurant later. A single breast pocket adds to the classic look of this men's white short-sleeve shirt, hand-made in Portugal for individual tailored feel.

Neutrale Lino Shirt 

Madrid-based Neutrale are a label with a manifesto: they "create for the ever-lasting pleasure" here expressed in the sublime simplicity of their Lino Shirt, a blank canvas for your life and whatever you team with this superbly minimal piece. Fabric is 100% linen, always in style, beyond mere fashion. Collar is open or closed to suit your mood and the occasion. Dropped shoulders relax the look still more, longer sleeves invite rolling up if you choose. 

Loolios Mayolica Camp Collar Shirt

Loolios take their inspiration from museums and galleries, to add culture and art to your everyday. Their Mayolica Camp Collar shirt has a bold yet somehow subtle embroidered outline of a piece of pottery of the sort that gives the shirt its name. Style is super-relaxed dropped shoulder, Cuban - or camp as it's also known - collar speaks of even more laidback times. Sleeves are near elbow length, designed to be worn over just about anything you choose.

Try teaming your white short-sleeve shirt with a pair of tailored shorts for instant summer elegance.