5 Camp Collar Shirts You’ll Need This Summer
There are few items in a menswear wardrobe that have so many divided opinions than the much maligned the shor sleeve shirt. The short sleeve can either evoke visions of the classic old school dad hosting a family BBQ, or a slightly more stylish nod to the iconic James Dean wearing the short-sleeved shirt as his go to staple. How, after dividing so much opinion then, has it become the thing to wear in hot weather? Two words: camp collar. Also known as a Cuban collar, the key characteristic it usually buttons lower than a traditional short-sleeved shirt and has a kind of pseudo-lapel that feels somehow smart and summery.
The point is that short-sleeved shirts in their camp-collar variety are everywhere at the moment. This is why at Ottaway Style we have edited our favourites from the newest offering below, from which you’ll be able to pick out lavish, opulent prints that cover shirts from Italian designers Corden 1956 , to the quieter stripy or dotty numbers from Hemingsworth and Frescobol Carrioca Wear them with swim shorts in the daytime, or with a pair of sharply tailored trousers in the evening. In case you need any more convincing the camp collar shirt will be your ultimate all rounder and summer game changer. Whether your heading for a drink on a rooftop somewhere, summer alfresco dining or a weekend away, the camp collar shirt is Resolutely un-office-like, and beg’s to be packed into a suitcase . Just remember to give us at Ottaway Style a chin chin when sipping your negroni whilst looking the part in your camp collar .
THE HAWAIIN ONE
If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll know that we welcomed new arrivals onto the site from The Rake last week and after the year it’s been, we’re predicting a surge in interest of combining Hawaiian shirts with tailoring. With this in mind, there’s no better place to start your Hawaiian shirt crusade than at family shirt making dynasty, Cordone 1956. Thankfully, we can introduce you to more of its fun, laid-back pieces today. Its take on the camp-collar shirt – a bold Hawaiin – is positively tropical. Whether you are inspired by Tom Selleck in his days as the iconic Magnum P.I or more recently Mr Beckham honing a Miami esq vibe in the latest Maserati campaign, what better way to kick of the summer with a bold yet very stylish wardrobe investment. If we are going to give you any advice, it is to pair this bold little number with some refined tailoring or a separate sharply tailored blazer
CORDONE Cream and Blue Beach shirt
THE STRIPED ONE
Before memories of 80’s bowling alleys spring to mind, just re-consider how sharp a striped camp collar shirt can look, this joyous piece from Fescobol Carioca is the perfect example of how sharp a striped camp collar can be more than just suited the bowling alley, Our top tip is to dress it up a little. A good place to start is with your feet. Wearing it with some trusty loafers.
FRESCOBOL CARIOCA Thomas Shirt Leblon Stripe
THE TEXTURED ONE
Should you want to gently ease yourself into this style, something a little less extravagant might be appropriate. This deep navy blue camp-collar shirt by Sunspel is the sophisticated cousin of our Hawaiin friend above, and is made in a tactile Sea Island cotton. This is the rarest cotton in the world making it extraordinarily soft. Wear on its own or layered over a T-shirt., ideal for introducing some texture into your look. You could imagine this flapping in a gentle breeze on the coast. For such an occasion, pair it with some smart shorts, like these from Italian brand Incotex
SUNSPEL Pima Piqué Camp Collar Shirt in Navy
THE SMART ONE
Tailoring brands such as Canali do away with the notion that dressing smartly and beating the heat are mutually exclusive concepts: when you have the Italian climate to contend with, it is, arguably, what they do best. This shirt, cut from breezy cotton and polished mother-of-pearl buttons. This part cardigan part camp collar shirt ticks the right boxes for samrt casual events and ideal for any ongoing weekly Zoom catch-ups with your boss.
CANALI Camp collar shirt
THE CLASSIC COOL ONE
Style has few rules, but during summertime, it’s wise to pay close attention to fabric choice. Few labels take their materials as seriously as Cordone – The qaulity of Cordones 1956 shirts is a reflection of the era it was founded in- Italys Golden age- which the house has been able to maintain more than half a century later. An excellent example, is this green linen shirt This style includes an elegant capri collar – and is the ultimate shirt to wear on the Riviera..
CORDONE Green linen Capri shirt