This feature originally appears in Complex's June/July issue.

White tees will forever be a summer style staple (say that five times fast), but they don’t always cut it when it comes to dressing for the occasion, like one of Puff Daddy’s beach parties or a meal at a fancy restaurant where the servers call you “sir.” Enter the breathable white shirt. Unlike the heavy oxfords for cooler climates, thinner materials like poplin keep the pit stains at bay by regulating the temperature. And if you really want to step up your run-of-the-mill shirt, details like band collars, side vents, and asymmetrical hems add the perfect flourish.

Photography: Christelle De Castro
Grooming: Michael Moreno
Market Editor: Mitsu Tsuchiya
Fashion Editor: Matthew Henson