The sweatshirt is one of the hallmarks of casual menswear. Be it a crewneck, a hoodie, or a shawl collar, a solid sweatshirt is as essential to your weekend wardrobe as jeans and sneakers. With the arrival of spring though, comes unpredictable weather. Now the sweatshirt that was the ideal weight a month ago might be too heavy, but a regular T-shirt might be too light. Enter the short-sleeve sweatshirt.
Thicker than a tee, it keeps your torso warm, but the short sleeves prevent you from getting too hot. And if temps fall, the short-sleeve sweatshirt layers perfectly under a light coat like a jean jacket. It really is the perfect shirt for spring and we’ve found eight short-sleeve sweatshirts that will help you pull off the look in style.
Menswear designer Todd Snyder has had a long-time collaboration with Champion, who pioneered well made sweats. For this season, the collection includes this short-sleeve sweatshirt. The navy cotton has a broken-in, vintage feel and it fits great.
Best Made doesn’t just make awesome axes. Their menswear collection is pretty great as well. The black X marks the spot with their take on the sweatshirt. It is a stealthy contrast to the navy. And the V stitching around the collar is just a tad asymmetrical which is a clever detail.
KITH x JOHN ELLIOTT + CO
The crewneck isn’t the only sweatshirt that deserves the short-sleeve treatment. Ronnie Fieg’s Kith developed a custom terry fabric for this hoodie in collaboration with menswear designer John Elliott. The material has a contrasting burgandy color on the inside that pairs well with the heather grey on the front. Side-venting zippers create a futuristic look and the unfinished edge on the sleeves gives the hoodie a raw quality.
DRIES VAN NOTEN
Even high fashion brands like Dries Van Noten are getting in on the short-sleeve sweatshirt trend. The graphic on this shirt is certainly bold, as is the front panel which looks quilted thanks to the criss-crossed stitching. But the brushstroke-like nature of the 71 makes it feel like it wouldn’t be out of place if a football player from the Leatherheads-era wore it.
The French terry crewneck from Supreme comes in six different colors, including an orange-and-yellow camo pattern if you’re looking for something louder. The logo placement on the chest is the right level of understated.
With its sea green color, this might be the perfect shirt for bonfires at the beach. Part of Brooks Brothers’ Red Fleece collection, it’s a slimmer, more modern take on the preppy staples that Brooks Brothers has done so well for years.
Using a moisture-wicking fabric, you don’t have to worry if you actually sweat in this sweatshirt. While the piece looks great as a casual layer, you can train in it and it will perform. The half-zip on the front is a good way to control temperature as your workout intensifies.
If you’re looking for something with a little more color, this option from BDG is a great option. The heather grey, blue, and white are a great palette for spring and the raw cuffs and small slits along the sides maintain a great athletic aesthetic.