If the thought of wearing a button-down shirt in the sizzling summer heat makes you cringe then keep reading—because we’re about to change that mindset.
In muggy 100-degree weather, you want to avoid attire that’s made with 100% cotton; it absorbs and locks in moisture, causing your body temperature to rise, and will most likely result in a pool of sweat underneath your arms—and everywhere else. Not such a great look for the office or that outdoor barbeque with friends. Instead, go with natural fibers (like linen, light cotton, and chambray)—they’re lightweight and let your body breathe. Consider performance-enhancing materials like quick-drying and moisture-wicking technology to wick away any sweat that still manages to sneak out. And opt for lighter colors—they reflect light and heat.
Here we’ve done that work for you by compiling the best button-down shirts in the business—which include all of these specs—and made sure they’re the most fashion-forward ones out there too, so you can beat the heat with style.
From bold prints to solid hues in both long-sleeve and short-sleeve lengths, here are the 12 best options for every budget.