The key to looking sharp in a short-sleeved shirt lies in the fit. A loose shirt can make you look sloppy, so pick a slim-fit shirt that gives you enough room to move freely. As far as colour is concerned, black, white and grey are obvious must-haves. Besides these neutrals, stock up on pale purples, blues, pinks and greens, after factoring in your skin tone of course.
Even if you’re comfortable with bold prints, with short-sleeved, you will benefit a great deal from keeping it simple. Small motifs, compact plaid, fine stripes and small, closely placed polka dots work best. Leave prints such as bright florals and graphic ones to long-sleeved shirts.
If there’s one big no-no when it comes to wearing short-sleeved shirts to work, it is this: Pairing your shirt with a tie. If your office environment is open to smart-casual dressing, pair it with chinos, khakis or tapered flat-front trousers. Remember to leave only one button undone, or if you have a lean frame, try buttoning your shirt all the way for a preppy look.
If you feel you need to bring your power dressing A-game and can’t wear a short-sleeved shirt to work, fret not, because there are several ways to wear them once you clock out of the office. The simplest and most effective way to wear the shirt is over a pair of jeans or tailored shorts. Dressed up enough for brunch, yet casual enough to warrant a spot in your weekend wardrobe, when paired with chocolate-brown loafers or boat shoes, it is hard to go wrong with this look.
Because of the short sleeve length, this variant of the button-down shirt is an absolute delight to layer with. When worn over a T-shirt, it channels a laidback, casual look, and when worn under a blazer, it gives you a sophisticated look without compromising on comfort.
Written By : Shirley Mistry