If you spent the better half of this morning haplessly googling “casual shirts for men”, it’s probably time to refine your search. In part, that’s because “casual” is a term of frustratingly imprecise nature. Casual relative to what, exactly—and according to whom? An Oxford-cloth shirt with a button-down collar might feel more casual than, say, a gingham dress shirt, but it’s the former we’ve been wearing most, often with our grooviest ties. (We don’t know who needs to hear this but…you’re better than the gingham dress shirt.)
The exasperating nature of your search also has to do with the fact that the very meaning of casual, especially as it pertains to the way we dress, has never been more in flux. These days, wearing a shirt at all—y’know, one with a collar and buttons—constitutes its own form of rebellion. And when you’ve spent the last eight quarters fielding emails in a rotation of ratty, threadbare tees, the shirts you once considered the height of casual cool likely feel downright stuffy in comparison.
Thankfully, we’ve been covering the button-up beat with the urgent attention it demands for years, making us uniquely positioned to answer all your hard-hitting questions about the best casual shirts for men. And answer ‘em we did, in the form of 21 pitch-perfect options you can get your hands on right this very minute.
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