I always wear polo's for warm weather, but I am getting tired of wearing them and being known as the "polo guy." I like wearing solid colored t-shirts and was wondering whether it is a step backwards in terms of maturity to be going out in t-shirts. I was thinking of getting good quality t-shirts without any labels or designs on them to wear for picnics etc. Unless there are other shirts for warm weather to choose from with the exception of polo shirts. I am 25 btw and Chicago weather can get pretty humid this time of year.
I think a good quality short-sleeved plain t-shirt without logos or other designs--probably not in white but rather red, blue, yellow, navy blue, burgundy--would be appropriate to wear to picnics, baseball games, etc. in the warm weather. When its as hot as we had here in CT for about two weeks--90+ and humid--comfort is paramount as I see it.
Short sleeve button downs will also work. Just remember to tuck it in if the hem is not even all the way around.
Perhaps also a tailored fit rather than a classic fit, given the button-down collar.
It's extremely difficult to dress comfortable and classy here in Texas sometimes, especially during July/August as it's the hottest time of the year. I'm no stranger to wearing plain t-shirts like you've mentioned for recreational purposes, and especially if it's during the day. I actually just went to Wal-Mart and bought a couple of packs of Hanes colored tees.
I like the Guayabera shirts (just type it in and look at images via you search engine), Otherwise, I wear short sleeve button downs. Some are designed to be tucked in while others, like the Guayabera, are not. Polos were never anything I enjoyed the look of and even as a kid never wore them.
T-Shirts are fine as the occasion permits. Unfortunately, I carry a lot of stuff in my shirt pocket and a loaded t-shirt pocket looks like a deformed tit.
One thing you should keep in mind, if you're going to wear a t-shirt or even a polo shirt in the warm weather, it should be 100% cotton. The cotton is a lot more comfortable in the warm weather than a blend, and it absorbs sweat better. I never wear short-sleeved dress shirts in warm weather without a 100% cotton t-shirt underneath because of the sweat issue.
Linen shirts are an option, as are granddad style shirts for a more casual setting (the lack of collar makes a huge difference in hot weather).
Steve is right. Linen shirts are very comfortable for summer weather, in my opinion. They are very breathable, but tend to wrinkle faster than Polo's.
I cast my vote for the guayabera. I bought my first guayabera this summer, and people tell me it looks great.
I quite like the short sleeve henley shirt, I think the neck is much more comfortable than a t-shirt
Agreed about short-sleeve button-ups!