If anything can be said to have dominated the warm months, it’s been the loud camp-collar shirt. Well-dressed men from all over the globe have turned to bold florals and retro-y patterns to inject a jolt of eccentric flair into their wardrobes. And whether intentional or not, hip neighborhoods are now positively filled with Tony Sopranos and Cosmo Kramers. But, as we approach the last full month of summer, you might find yourself wondering if these breezy, of-the-moment tops would be tucked away in a drawer and replaced by flannels and oxfords. If the now-dropping fall collections from red-hot brands and designers tell us anything, it’s that when summer ends, the weird shirts will not go away.
We’ve entered the new age of sexy menswear. And as we cruise toward the fall that means you can expect a grip of groovy, button-up longsleeved shirts that look plucked from the disco and polished up for the runway. Designer Sander Lak has been quietly building his Sies Marjan label on the twin foundations of fearless colors and eye-catching silhouettes. His latest collection includes a glossy shirt made of reflective technical materials: electric and shimmering and pretty clearly the star of any outfit, even when obscured under an overcoat. (There is a silky gradient tee, too.) The Swedish label Our Legacy is similarly known for its unique, ever-so-slightly out-there vision. So, naturally, this season, one of the brand’s stand-out shirts is made of transparent Italian fabric and features mother of pearl buttons and mitered cuffs. And when talking eccentric tops, we’d be remiss not to mention Dries Van Noten, the king of the printed shirt. The Belgian designer’s latest collection proves to be no exception, including psychedelic tops featuring multicolored prints and others made from lavish tie-dye fabrics.
It makes perfect sense that the wild-style shirts of summer would adapt and evolve for fall. Men aren’t ready to give up dressing like absolute maniacs just because one season ends and another begins. The out-there button-up is many things—but it’s not going to be mistaken for anyone else’s flannel.