Why you need a shirt collection in your summer wardrobe

When the sun comes out in Ireland, everyone takes their clothes off. Sure, you still see the odd granny or two wearing a coat and scarf and woolly socks, but for the most part, people wear the bare minimum when the sun takes the time to shine.

It's amazing how hot you can get, in tight summer clothes. You might look hot sipping that cocktail, but you'll feel hot too. And, of course, it's amazing how red and burnt people get because they stay out too long in the sun without touching up their suncream; they can't reach certain places because of their near nekkedness or they don't wear sunscreen at all.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 19:  Isabel is seen wearing a Zara's shirt, Mango trousers, Levi's belt, Nike trainers, vintage handbag, Zara sunglasses and Gotic market jewelry on August 19, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by Miquel Benitez/Getty Images)

(Photo by Miquel Benitez/Getty Images)

There's a reason why people who are used to the sun wear billowing blouses; skin can breathe and it reduces the risk of sun damage. A good cotton or linen shirt looks chic with a pair of denim cut-offs or a mini or jeans once it gets cool. You save time and effort on applying suncream and you can flit easily from place to place and occasion to occasion.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - JULY 03:  A woman is seen wearing Levi shorts, vintage shirt and Gianni Versace sunglasses during the 080 Barcelona Fashion Week on July 3, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by Robert Marquardt/Getty Images)

(Photo by Robert Marquardt/Getty Images)

I have been known to just flip on my boyfriend's shirt (he has loads more than I do) but, sure, build up your own collection; a shirt is for a long time not just for the good times of summer.

  • Boohoo.com Katherine Revere Collar Oversized Shirt €24.00

boohoo shirt

Zara Long Full Shirt €25.95
  • Penneys laundered Breton stripe shirt €13
breton shirt
These are all from the women's depts, but do not be afraid to venture into the men's too for an even wider selection.

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