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With Memorial Day and the summer months inching ever closer, it’s time to start thinking about short sleeves again.

But before you resort to the same old drab linen tones, we’d like to invite you to take a risk with us. Grow a pair. Be bold. And wear a short-sleeve printed shirt.

If you think these lightweight wonders are reserved only for Caribbean tourists and your father-in-law, let us present you with two handsome options, from Gitman Vintage and Matt Singer, respectively. We promise you’ll be turning a few heads for all the right reasons.

Here’s what you need to know.

The Stories: Gitman Vintage prides itself on fitting retired fabrics into finely crafted button-down oxfords. Matt Singer cut his teeth at Jack Spade before founding his own line a few years ago—which is about 20 years less history than Gitman’s, but he’s quickly made a name for himself in the #menswear game.

Who to Channel: For that Gitman Vintage beauty, think Leo DiCaprio and his Montague cronies in Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet, or similarly, a Venice Beach skater in the ’90s (which means you can wear canvas sneakers, not stop washing your hair). For the less brassy but equally attractive Matt Singer number: Don Draper lounging in Hawaii and thinking about—surprise—someone who’s not his wife. (Relaxed, but pensively so.)

When to Wear Them: While we endorse the sartorial bravado, it’s probably best to relegate these to the weekends, and the extremely sunny ones at that. Both pair well with sunglasses and SPF 30.

Degree of Difficulty: Low, with the right attitude—and as long as you pair either choice with a simple solid-colored pant, short or swimsuit. But if you’re not used to the extra attention you’re almost certain to receive, maybe it’ll be medium/high. In which case, you should chill out, man.

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—S.P.

CONTRIBUTORS

  • Stephen Praetorius