The bowling shirt is having a renaissance of sorts, and its modern-day version looks a lot better than it did on your uncle back in ’85. Our take on the trend is that it’s the cooler, more summer-appropriate cousin of the white button-down shirt – perfect for beach days and disco nights alike. That being said, you can decide if it’s redeemed itself after all these years in our round-up of favourites below.
The Military style
Form meets function in this double-pocket Prada number. With front button fastenings and a notched collar, the shape stays true to a classic bowling shirt style but has a contemporary, utilitarian take to it. Technically a men’s shirt (all the good ones are), dress on your S/O or wear it yourself and leave your handbag at home to put the zip front and chest pockets to the test.
I see you blush
For a more feminine take, this pink Rejina Pyo option might be right up your alley. With fun embellished buttons and a structured silhouette, button-up for the office or wear open with a bikini underneath after-hours.
Feels like summer
If a terry towelling shirt with summer-themed embroidery doesn’t excite you, we’re not sure what will. This two toned, double-the-fun button down is perfect for hot days and long swims, no towel needed.
Wear the rainbouu
If you’re in need of a conversation starter, look no further. This Double Rainbouu shirt is both loud in statement and neutral affirmative (if you consider animal print a neutral, like we do). For those who want to dip their toes into the realm of statement dressing.
For the die-hard minimalist, this cotton/silk blend short sleeve from Matin is the breezy button-down we all need in our arsenal. With a 70s cut and neat twin patch pockets, there aren’t many places you couldn’t wear this in summer.
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