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A short-sleeve shirt revival

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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.

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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.

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The short-sleeved shirt’s reputation took a hit after Michael Douglas’ spot-on performance (note the pocket protector) as a vengeance-seeking Everyman in 1993’s “Falling Down.”

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A retro print works well with casual summer khakis or shorts (just don’t put on a fedora, or you’ll look like that guy). $79 at Original Penguin, Los Angeles.

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Plaid never goes out of style and this season calls for bright colors. $79 at Original Penguin, Los Angeles.

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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 today’s 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.

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Hey, lazy guy, here’s a shirt that’s meant to wrinkle. It looks best with light linen pants, flip-flops and a pair of aviators. Like Pierce Brosnan, with a hangover. $79 at Club Monaco Beverly Hills.

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This slim-cut bright plaid, tucked in or left out, wants slim dark jeans. It’s 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.

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The lawn shirt is ready to party with a margarita-glasses print. $79 at Original Penguin, Los Angeles.

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Get ready for Friday casual with a Banana Republic short-sleeve in a neutral tone that can pair well with khakis or crisp jeans.

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