Fashion challenged? Desperately in need of a personal shopper? Budget Fashionisto is making fashion easy with shopping shortlists for men — lists of hand-picked, no-fail garments that are stylish and cheap. To kick off this series, I shopped six stylish and cheap men’s short-sleeved shirts on Amazon.
Why short-sleeved shirts? Because they’re suitable for casual and formal wear. They also work year-round. Wear them alone when it’s warm and layer them when it’s cold.
Read on for six short-sleeved shirts that’ll help you stand out in the crowd.
1. Van Heusen short-sleeve Oxford shirt
This blue Van Huesen short-sleeve oxford shirt ($21) is the best of both worlds. Tuck the shirt in and you are all set for work. Tuck it out and have one of your best evenings.
Make sure to open a button or two if you want to kill that casual look. Confused about what pants to wear? You can pair this with both jeans and trousers.
Style tip: Didn’t I tell you I would make you stand out from the crowd? Here you go! Wear this shirt along with light blue jeans and white sneakers. That’s not all. Throw on a white or dark yellow basketball cap along with this, and trust me, your friends will wonder who’s putting your outfits together.
2. Carhartt casual button-down shirt
This shirt from Carhartt ($34) uses lightweight fabric, which is great for warm-weather climates. This is perfect for both a casual night out or for work. In fact, it has enough room to be productive at work if you have to move around a lot in your job.
When you’re building an outfit with this shirt, keep things simple. Wear dark-colored trousers or jeans, and add brown-colored loafers. This is supposed to be a “look great without trying much” shirt.
3. Nautica Men’s Classic polo
Did you know burgundy signifies wealth, ambition, and power? That’s right. You want to channel a series power vibe, wearing burgundy can help. Try it out the next time you need to impress a future business partner or client.
Nautica’s burgundy polo ($27) should be your first choice for casual, but important occasions. Just check out the color — as rich a burgundy as they come.
Wear this polo with a tidy jean on more casual days. You can also dress it up for a night out by pairing it with stylish sand-brown pants and loafers.
4. Cubavera casual button-down with pick stitch
Meeting friends for happy hour or a casual dinner? Here you go — an upscale casual shirt that’s easy to wear. It’s loose, breathable, and so stylish, thanks to the contrast stitching.
Cubavera’s shirt is polyester, so expect it to be stretchy and relaxed. It’ll also be wrinkle resistent, which is awesome, because no one likes ironing.
Pick up this shirt in black and white for $27. That’s a sale price, so you might need to act fast. There are other colors available, but they get pricey. The green-and-white version, for example, is $68.
5. Pegeno henley t-shirt
Collared shirts are a great choice when you want to look “pulled together.” But some days, you need something more casual. A henley t-shirt is a good option. It’s soft, comfortable, and slightly more polished than a plain and boxy Hanes t-shirt.
Pegeno’s shirt ($26) is available in multiple colors. There are long-sleeved options also if you’re in need of something warmer. Pair either up with trousers, jeans, or shorts.
6. Goodthreads Oxford shirt
Here’s another relaxed shirt you can wear to backyard parties and other casual events. Goodthreads’ Oxford ($27.50) is made of 100% cotton and is very breathable.
The vertical stripes give chill vibes. Wear it over a plain white t-shirt and leave a button or two at the top open. If you’re a necklace guy, add that over the t-shirt so it’s visible. And don’t stress about tucking or leaving this Oxford shirt untucked — you can wear it either way.