Although strictly speaking just a few centimeters of fabric less than its time-honoured counterpart – the long-sleeved shirt – short-sleeved shirts have long been the butt of far too many a sartorial joke. However, recently it’s been given a whole new lease of life thanks to reinterpretations from designers and high street retailers alike.

It’s time to cast aside any dated associations with IT technicians and dental sales reps to remind ourselves that a short sleeved shirt is not only stylish but also practical. As the mercury rises and the heavy heat of summer hits, a shorter sleeve keeps you adequately aerated so no more unsightly sweat patches!

When it comes to fit, think slim-cut and not baggy. Sleeves should fall at least a few centimeters above the elbows and shouldn’t flap about like a pair of wings.