If you were to power-rank clothes of theirs DGAF-ness, the best camp jerseys would land near the top. Partly because they’ve been worn by a certain type of nonconformist poster boy for 60 years now: Hunter S. Thompson, Elvis, Russell Westbrook, Ethan Hawke in Reality bites, just to name a few. But mostly, it’s because that’s exactly how these camp shirts are designed to look. The two-layer camp collar (hence the name) is intended to lie flat and open at the neck – no ties allowed. (No wonder some people call them “holiday shirts.”) Right now versions trade a muumuu’s airiness for a boxier silhouette, delivering a shirt that’s inherently nonchalant and all kinds of cool.
At the moment we’re partial to heavily patterned camp shirts – we’ve been fighting floral prints Hawaiian shirts and bold stripe bowling shirts for a minute now. But, as you’ll see among our cream-of-the-crop picks below, designers are making them for every taste and budget. Try a saved in high water trousersbuttoned up over one T-shirt (or if you’re really into one, over nothing at all), or lap-out with your best leisure suit. Whatever you decide, just make sure try one. Here are the 27 best camp collar shirts worth wearing right away.
Don’t think too hard: This is the camp jersey you can get right now
For one GQ contributor is the quest to find the perfect camp shirt was fraught with danger. Until he stumbled across Bather’s Traveler button-up, a boxy riff on a classic Hawaiian shirt cut from an airy cotton-viscose blend. The Traveler shirt was always excellent, but last year the brand added two extra pockets to the equation, a Guayabera-esque flourish that takes the whole shebang to the next level. Its breathable construction makes it ideal for layering in warm weatherand the smart trio of pockets offer a level of functionality you never knew you were missing.
Another no-brainer summer choice
Is the bather’s crisp white joint a touch too tame for you? Relax: Just get this one instead. It’s the perfect color for any palette, it’s got an impeccable cut, and the lightweight linen fabric is ideal for wearing over a ribbed tank right now or on its own next July. NN07 makes a version of this guy every summer for a reason – it’s very, very good.
The museum-worthy selection
It gives Matisse in the botanical garden. It also gives you your swaggiest era yet.
The named choice
For many people, camp shirts are basically synonymous with OOO style. Stòffa’s incredibly elegant look is a good reminder that they don’t have to be – in the right fabric (in this case, a deceptively light Italian wool), they can help you dress up a blazer with far more pizzazz than a regular ol ‘ button up.
The autumn-ready choice
Camp shirts shouldn’t always make you feel like you’re on vacation or, er, in the mob. Pendleton’s iconic Board shirt has been a staple in the brand’s rotation for decades (hell, before the Beach Boys were Beach Boys they dug the brand’s shirts so much they called themselves the Pendletones). The straight fit is perfect as is, but also looks incredibly large and can be worn as an overshirt or layered under a scuzzy mohair cardigan.
Another No-Brainer Fall Pick
Like we said, just because we’re heading into fall doesn’t mean you have to ditch the camp collars forever. J.Crew’s version is cut from an ultra-soft, yarn-dyed corduroy that packs all the visual appeal of its summer-y counterparts.