The trend has been spotted on the menswear runways this season. Dior Homme showed men in blazers with nothing underneath, while Ann Demeulemeester saw one model striding down the runway in a floral blouse that was completely unbuttoned. At Études the look took on a workwear vibe (think, overalls and a bare chest). Off the runway, British heartthrob Harry Styles has embraced the look, letting his long hair graze his collarbone in louche, unfastened shirts. Designer Justin O’Shea isn’t afraid to flaunt his worked-out physique in the same way either. In fact, his recently launched SSS World Corp label features all sorts of beacon-in-the-night, fitted shirts—one model showed off his tattooed torso in a novelty Hawaiian-print shirt.
Sure, this kind of peacocking is all part of the fun for men in fashion. But is it something that guys in the real world can pull off too? Many disagrees and think it’s too muck for every day wear. But some argues that manscaping is the devil, and extra buttons on men’s shirts should be eliminated.
The key to getting it right often hinges on the style and silhouette of shirt. A button-down shirt also provides a certain amount of style-awareness versus one of those creepy too-deep-V-necks, which basically just scream “I’m a dirtbag”.
One pro tip for styling man cleavage that’s pretty much foolproof? When wearing those bright, printed button-ups, be sure to lose the undershirts, or “sweat buffers” as they are sometimes called. Aside from that, style-conscious guys have every reason to bare their chests this summer.