Technically speaking, short sleeve work shirts aren’t all that different from their more colorful, pattern-laden, camp-collar brethren. But once you get past the similarities in form, the familial resemblances pretty much end there. Where most warm weather shirts tend to be done up in dainty fabrics like silk and rayon, work shirts often come in a hardy twill or a sturdy cotton blend. In other words, they’re the kind of shirts people who actually get their hands dirty turn to when summer rolls around. But don’t let their origins fool you: you can wear these suckers in the same way you would any short sleeve shirt already in your repertoire, tees included—with roomy pleated trousers, psychedelic swim trunks, or just your favorite pair of jeans. Best yet? Because they’re built to withstand repeated wear (and lack the conspicuous prints of their eye-grabbing counterparts), you don’t have to worry about rocking the same one over and over all season. (Yep, even the ones with swanky designer pedigrees.) Grabbing a couple cocktails with the fellas is light work, indeed.
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