20 best camp shirts of 2021: these snaps make every day feel like vacation


If you were to classify clothes by their DGAF-ness, the best camp shirts would land near the top. Partly, that’s because they’ve been donned by some type of maverick poster for 60 years now: Hunter S. Thompson, Elvis, Russell Westbrook, Ethan Hawke in Reality hurts, Just to name a few. But above all because that is precisely what these camp shirts were designed for. The two-tiered camp pass (hence the name) is meant to be flat and open at the neck – no ties allowed. (It’s no wonder some call them “vacation shirts.”) Current versions swap the airiness of a muumuu for a more boxy silhouette, delivering a shirt that’s inherently nonchalant and all manner of cool.

Right now, we’re fond of loudly patterned camp shirts – we’ve been defending floral print Hawaiian shirts and bold striped bowling shirts for a minute now. But, as you’ll see from our creme de la creme choices below, designers make them to suit all tastes and budgets. Try one tucked into highwater pants, unbuttoned over a t-shirt (or if you’re really on one, over nothing at all), or cuffs with your best off-duty suit. Whatever you decide, just make sure you try one. Here are the 20 best camp neck shirts that are worth putting on right away.

The Still-In-Your-Comfort-Zone Camp Shirt

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Club Monaco abstract floral shirt

Maybe you’re the type of guy with six pairs of the same black jeans in his closet. The kind of guy who knows his sartorial strengths and plays with them, and is a bit put off by people like us who try to push his limits all the time. As, Slow down, GQ, you don’t know me like that. Well listen to us because we have found a patterned camp shirt that even you can appreciate. This version of Club Monaco has the kind of oversized fit and print we loved in the intro, but it’s softened into an easy-to-pull black and white that’s extremely badass. It’s the best way to dip your toes into the wider, wilder world of menswear – whether or not you decide to take the plunge after it is entirely up to you.

The camp shirt that just landed in Miami

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Casablanca Kapalia wave-print silk-twill shirt

Ready to kick back and let loose in a shirt that’s not there in the least restricted? Casablanca turns out to be the kind of sexy and glamorous clothing you typically see in a DJ Khaled video: silky, decadent materials abound, as do citrus patterns and luscious botanical prints. This is a shirt best worn with enveloping rose-tinted undertones and an exotic-named cocktail in hand, even if you’re only heading to the neighborhood for a park.

Perfectly retro Camp shirt

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Todd Snyder Check Madras Camp Collar Shirt

This recovery camp shirt is Todd Snyder at his best: take one of the game’s most classic prints – in this case, a preppy plaid madras – and update it fair enough in the fitness department that your still dapper grandpa and cool nephew could ask to borrow it. Slip it into roomy cotton chinos with a pair of foot penny loafers – and maybe a navy blazer – you’ll feel like you’ve left the pages of Take Ivy directly in 2021.


The Buy Two (or Three) camp shirt

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Dickies Short Sleeve Work Shirt (was $ 33, now 24% off)

Can’t stop wearing Dickies fan favorite work pants? Also try spinning one of its sturdy pushbuttons. Crafted from a stiff twill that will only get better with age, with a pair of roomy chest pockets to hold whatever you have on hand, it will toughen up your look with a touch of fatter attitude.

Art Snob Camp shirt

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Endless Joy Romulus & Remus Print Poplin Shirt

If you want your camp shirt to look like a feverish dream, Endless Joy – an upstart British outfit founded by artists Stevie and Alexandra Anderson – offers rich folk tales of her soft, baggy men’s clothing. Concrete example: this distant banger of a button at the top, inspired by the story of Romulus and Remus. Whether you use it to brighten up your fanciest wetsuit or leave it fully unbuttoned by the pool, it will improve your spin on hot days with just the right amount of Old Masters swagger.

15 other camp shirts we love

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Gitman Vintage Window Batik Block Print Camp Shirt

The folks at Gitman are true experts at transforming old school fabrics into relaxed shirts that are unmistakably feeling right now.

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Go Barefoot Pidgin English Camp Collar Shirt

For five decades and more, Go Barefoot of Hawaii has enlisted local artists to create authentic vacation shirts imbued with the indelible spirit of the islands.

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Needles cabana shirt

Wear this on a flight. Trigger a Snakes in a plane adapt the caption of the photo. Watch the likes arrive.

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Banks Journal Preview Shirt

Chic circus tent.

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Story Mfg Greetings Print Holiday Shirt.

[Whispers to shirt] Hey my friend over there thinks you’re cute. [Points at himself.]

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Universal Works Japanese Floral Open Collar Shirt

We had enough April showers. Who is ready for the May flowers?

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Beret Lads Undercover watercolor-print cotton-poplin shirt

It is best to accompany it – you guessed it – a beret.

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Nicholas Daley Short Sleeve Beach Shirt

Tired: tie-dye in all the colors of the rainbow. Wired: tie-dye in calming tones of sky blue. *

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Bather Tie-Dye Camp Short Sleeve Shirt

* And a dash or two of soft pink.

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Levi’s Made & Crafted Relaxed Camp Shirt

A shirt so wavy that you almost smell the ocean.

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Sacai Hank Willis Archive Patchwork Short Sleeve Shirt

Chitose Abe blows up the camp shirt with a little help from installation artist Hank Willis Thomas.

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PS Paul Smith Relaxed Fit Shirt

A bright and cheerful shirt from the king of all things bright and cheerful.

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Lemaire checked cotton and linen camp shirt

Wear with hiking shorts, ragg socks and footwear. Congratulations: you are now the overworked Chief Advisor at a summer camp in the Poconos.

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Allsaints Shirt “Marston”

Always wear a camp-neck top, especially when it is (slightly) shortened.

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Orchard Saturdays NYC Flannel Work Shirt

Like your most faithful fall flannel, sleeveless.


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