When it comes to dressing for the heat, it’s always a good idea to start with “not sweating your ass off” and work backwards from there. (Doing that while retaining some semblance of personal style is trickier than it sounds, but that’s why you read GQ, right?) Luckily for you, we’ve officially pinpointed the sickest way to do it this summer: the sometimes lace-y, sometimes mesh-y, always borderline see-through shirt, guaranteed to keep the air flowing—and the compliments rolling—all season long.
Breezy see-through shirts, and lace shirts in particular, have been enjoying what we in the biz call “a moment” for a while now (see: Marc Jacobs’ legendary lace dress at the 2012 Met Ball, or Harry Styles’ sheer blouse seven years later), but they’re not all that different from the camp shirts you already know and love. Aimé Leon Dore makes a lace option that sells as briskly as any of the brand’s less outré button-ups. Ditto the top-notch sheer version sold by Saturdays’, ALD’s Nolita neighbors. (Trends travel far and wide, but they also spread locally.)
Heck, plenty of see-through shirts shouldn’t require much of a mental leap imagining yourself wearing. Mesh tanks share a spiritual kinship with the basketball jerseys you wore riding the bench in high school, and mesh tees bring to mind the the sun-kissed vision of California conjured by red-hot designers like Eli Russell Linnetz. If Timotheé Chalamet can go straight-up shirtless on the red carpet, you can show off a gauzy hint of torso on the streets!
And if a see-through shirt still feels like a high-stakes swerve, just style it exactly the way you would all the other button-ups in your warm weather rotation: with shorts, loafers, and some eye-grabbing jewelry. In any one of the below you’re all-but-destined to be the coolest cat at the pool/party/pool party—and definitely the least sweaty.