The short-sleeve, button-front shirt is coming back into play this summer, with designer labels adding their own spin to the often-derided men’s shirt.
Here, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine sports a coolly ironic look created by L.A. stylist Aristotle Circa for a “Today Show” performance last summer. Levine, who called it his “Falling Down” look (from the 1993 Michael Douglas movie), rocked a white, short-sleeve button-front by APC, skinny black tie by Dior Homme and black YSL trousers.
There’s nothing button-down about the way Spicoli (Sean Penn) wears the shirt in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” so take a cue from the surfer and create your own riff that’s miles away from nerd-wear.
This Thomas Pink is a witty take on the French-cuff shirt. The pale gray with crisp white collar is conservative enough for a tie (nothing too skinny) and todays version of a pocket protector: the Blackberry holster. $165 at thomaspink.com.
For the Record: An earlier version of this gallery incorrectly referred to the Thomas Pink brand as Tommy Pink.
This slim-cut bright plaid, tucked in or left out, wants slim dark jeans. Its very well put together; nothing rumpled or casual about it. Just add Buddy Holly glasses and a messenger bag. $59 at Ben Sherman, Beverly Center.