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Luxe to Less
14 October 2020

Luxe to Less: Retro Bowling Shirts

Words By Eva Marchingo

Channel your inner ‘Dude’ with this sleazy-chic shirt style that's all the rage for sweating it out under the sun.

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A bowling shirt is a boxy, short-sleeved button-up with a camp collar. In terms of shape, they’re similar to a Cuban shirt – relaxed and rarely seen without the top button undone.

Traditionally, bowling shirts have two distinctive panels of contrasting colour to the base of the shirt. In a modern context, we’ve adopted busy designs, bright clashes, and themed prints in addition to the classic colour block.

Over the years, bowing apparel has inspired fashion houses from Gucci to Off-White, meaning you’ll be looking more charming-chic than Charlie Sheen in these high-fashion shirts.

In this price range, you’ll find only the highest quality materials, from rich cotton to silk. The patterns and designs on these stunning fabrics are reminiscent of works of art. You need only look to Amiri’s Camp-Collar Printed Silk Twill Shirt for print inspiration.

Whether you prioritise a cut with an oversized fit or prefer a slim fit for an athleisure look, it’s the finer design elements that elevate the shirts in this luxe bracket. From mother-of-pearl hardware to refined drapery, these garments turn the bowling shirt trend into an article of everlasting style.

Gucci GG-embroidered Cotton-blend Shirt, $1,150, Matches Fashion

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Bold prints are in this Spring/Summer season, and the best place to find them is on a casual shirt. In this price-range, you won’t find novelty Hawaiian shirts adorned with pineapples and palm trees, instead carefully curated patterns and designs.

From fluid silk twill to wrinkle-proof fabrics, these shirts are designed to be your breathable, beautiful best friends all season long.

These shirts are staples of ultimate comfort and dressing for a relaxed look. Toeing the line between easy-going and stay-at-home sick day can be difficult, but at this price point you’re ensuring your raw hem is balanced with clean designs and silky viscose fabric.

Bode’s Camp-Collar Checked Embroidered Linen and Cotton-Blend Shirt is the perfect example of a relaxed shirt. Inspired by a 1940s summer tablecloth, it is reminiscent of the kind of carefree afternoon lunch you’d expect to find in Call Me by Your Name.

If you love the camp-collared, Cuban shirt style but want to look less like a fixture of the 50s, opt for a shirt with a muted colour palette or a simple pattern.

Bode Camp-Collar Checked Embroidered Linen and Cotton-Blend Shirt, £394.63, Mr Porter

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Bowling shirts are a symbol of stylish simplicity so it’s no wonder there’s an abundance of glorious articles of clothing on the lower end of the price spectrum. Drapey, cotton-rich fabrics with simplistic French plackets or light-weight non-stretch fabric will fulfil your bowling shirt dreams.

While you might not be able to get your hands on luxurious silk in this range, you can be assured these shirts have perks regardless of their fibre.

Cotton from the Better Cotton Initiative allows you to buy more sustainable cotton at an accessible price, and even the polyester shirts are attractive, being more durable and stain-resistant than other materials.

Fresh and summery – and less than the cost of a slab – is the Regular Revere Scribble Print Shirt from ASOS. It’s relaxed enough to suit any body type, toes the line between neutral and bold, and exudes style at every angle.

This season, the logical outfit for a summer do that’s not formal but requires more effort than a manky old t-shirt, includes a bowling shirt. Off-centre enough to hold individuality while still remaining in vogue, this shirt style will have all eyes on you in only the best way.

Article No. 1 Orient Short Sleeve Shirt in Mauve Tiger Print, was $69.95 now $52.46, Glue Store