There are summer essentials, and then there’s the camp collar shirt. The style — defined by its chest-baring, lay-flat collar — is perfect for the warmer months, as there aren’t many tops that can match its clean-cut, retro, devil-may-care style. The seasonal must-have comes in many configurations, and it can be difficult to choose which style is best for you. That’s why we’ve done the legwork for you by rounding up the 15 best camp collar shirts across a wide range of prices.
The best part about these shirts is the ability they give you to express yourself, as they often come available in blisteringly bright colors or adorned with playful patterns that are perfect to wear on vacation. And while camp collars sometimes get a bad rap due to their association with ill-fitting aloha shirts on obnoxious tourists, the truth is that a proper-fitting, well-styled camp collar will look better than almost anything else in the summer. So to get your summer wardrobe in order, here is our guide to the 15 best camp collar shirts for men.
Gap Vacay Shirt
The shopping mall staple’s classic poplin-crafted top abides by its namesake wholeheartedly, serving as an ideal choice to wear on vacation with its front chest pocket that’s perfect for a pair of shades. Whether you’re feeling something monotone or are looking to get loud with some floral patterns, there is an abundance of designs to choose from, as goes for just about anything this household name has to offer.
Everlane The Linen Camp Shirt
As another brand we look to for wardrobe essentials, Everlane hit the nail on the head with its lightweight camp shirt. The 100% linen top is as breathable as it gets and comes available in a variety of head-turning colors. It’s bound to get wrinkled like most linen pieces, but that’s what gives it a much-needed sense of character. Nevertheless, whichever color you choose will bode well on any day this summer.
Flint & Tinder Short Sleeve Retro Hawaiian Shirt
Old-school Hawaiian shirts never go out of style when they’re done right, and Flint and Tinder may have perfected the form with this retro take. The Huckberry house brand puts its tropical knowledge to the test with this vintage-inspired choice, taking inspiration from a print worn by none other than James Bond himself in Die Another Day. This particular silhouette is crafted from an easy-going blend of cotton and linen, assuring you’ll be able to keep cool without sacrificing style in the slightest.
lululemon Airing Easy Camp Collar Shirt
Performance-tailored attire is all the rage nowadays, even at the office. When it comes to athleisure wear, there aren’t many brands we trust as much as lululemon, whose Airing Easy Camp Collar Shirt is arguably the most technical take on the style you’ll find this summer. The four-way stretch top boasts quick-drying and moisture-wicking capabilities that assure you there’s no need to worry about breaking out a sweat when the temperature rises. Plus, it keeps your gear secure thanks to a zippered chest pocket.
Buck Mason Breeze Cotton Linen Short Sleeve Camp Shirt
As per usual, Buck Mason can do very little wrong. The Breeze Cotton Linen Short Sleeve Camp Shirt may come across as a bit of a mouthful, but it keeps things exceedingly simple in its actual execution. Its lengthy name speaks for itself, as the classic silhouette boasts a cotton and linen blend that’s rounded out with vented side seams to make it even more breathable. With 90% of the shirt being assembled using a single needle sewing machine, the boutique label’s attention to detail is on full display here.
Tombolo The Blues Cabana Shirt
Tombolo loves playing with color, and after seeing this cozy terry cloth piece, we can’t blame the up-and-coming New York-based label. Its color-blocked take on the timeless Cabana silhouette is arguably the most unique choice this guide has to offer. It boasts hints of sky blue, deep navy, and crisp white, each of which come together seamlessly to concoct an undeniably cool garment you won’t want to go without on your next trip to the beach — and seeing as it’s made of moisture-absorbing terry cloth toweling fabric, we mean that literally.
Carhartt WIP Gelder Stripe Shirt
Like anything from Carhartt WIP, this bowling shirt-adjacent choice fuses fashion-forward appeal and subtleness to a tee. The garment-washed Gelder Stripe Shirt boasts an eco-friendly composition as it’s crafted from sustainable viscose, making it a perfect choice to wear when you’re trying to keep things light. It’s rounded out with a chest pocket for functionality’s sake and a stylish all-over motif — after all, you can never go wrong with stripes.
Todd Snyder Italian Camp Collar Short Sleeve
A graphic touch never hurt anybody, especially when it’s pulled off in a classy manner courtesy of Todd Snyder. The Big Apple-based menswear brand’s best-selling camp-collar silhouette is primarily made from cotton, but it has a touch of elastane for that ideal stretchy feel. Whether you want to wear it with shorts, jeans, linen pants, or even capris, there’s no room for error with this eye-popping top.
Corridor Seersucker Shirt
While you could say this about any choice that appears here, Corridor’s Seersucker Shirt is arguably the perfect shirt to wear this season. It is crafted from an easy breezy blend of cotton and viscose in the famously breezy southern-style weave, so it’s perfect for keeping you cool when the mercury rises. Additionally, anything that comes by way of the New York-based label is sustainably-made, meaning this shirt is beneficial for everything and everyone.
Sunspel Riviera Camp Collar Shirt
This stylish camp shirt is a reimagined take on Sunspel’s polo that was popularized by Daniel Craig in his first appearance as Bond, and it is just as stylish as its inspiration. The slim-fitting Riviera is available in a handful of colors, but this shade of blue is our personal favorite. Whether you’re looking to channel Agent 007 or simply admire the British heritage brand, there’s no way to go wrong with this shirt, as it’s made from the same luxe cotton mesh fabric as the famous polo.
Gitman Vintage Seersucker Cuban Shirt
Like any other piece from Gitman Vintage (or the Gitman Bros in general), this handsome Cuban shirt is crafted in the heart of the U.S.A., assuring top-tier quality through and through. This chic seersucker-textured shirt is another breathable choice that was made with the summer in mind, and it even comes equipped with a pair of hip pockets to store any gear you have on hand. This addition is a nod to its namesake, as the four-pocket Cuban Guayabera shirt is the Latin American ancestor of modern camp collars.
Engineered Garments Cotton Crepe Camp Shirt
As its name entails, Engineered Garments is adept at crafting just about anything, and its Cotton Crepe Camp Shirt is one of the countless examples. The lightweight crinkled top is made extra breezy with a pair of vented side-seams, so it’s arguably the perfect shirt to wear this summer when accounting for the heat. On top of that, you can never go wrong with an all-white top this time of year.
Folk Camp-Collar Print Shirt
Although Folk is a London label, it does a solid job at embracing American staples, with this stylish shirt being an exemplary example of that. The relaxed top is meticulously crafted from printed blue cotton in a subtle pattern that gives the shirt some added character. It’s finished off with cream-colored buttons for the perfect contrast, ultimately managing to finish off a great option to wear wherever you go.
Orlebar Brown Hibbert Stripe
Vacation staple Orlebar Brown is all about going on holiday, and its robust catalog of stylish luxury resort wear is basically all you need to stuff your summer suitcase. Part of the British brand’s new Club Tropicana-inspired capsule with Wham!, the Italian-woven cotton Hibbert Stripe shirt features a wide retro-inspired Capri collar for a timeless look. The shirt also features imitation Mother of Pearl buttons for a more eco-friendly (but no less eye-catching) sheen.
RRL Jacquard Knit Camp Shirt
If you’re not one for floral patterns or bright colors and are looking for a more utilitarian look and feel, then you can always look to RRL for some rustic appeal. This chic option from Ralph Lauren’s Americana-inspired label is garment-dyed in a deep shade of army green and features a woven herringbone twill-styled composition, but offers a soft-to-the-touch knit feel. It’s rounded out with a branded patch above one of the chest pockets, so you can simply point to it whenever somebody asks where you found such an awesome shirt.
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