The popover has experienced a nice style resurgence in recent years. As designers & brands have looked to the past for inspiration, icons like Mick Jagger have provided a nice template for current designs. And this year’s crop of popovers — in either long or short-sleeve iterations — are doing something that the shirts of old did not: providing all kinds of color with adventurous florals or deep indigos, and keeping the fit nice and modern. These are all fit for the first (or heck, last) barbecue or patio drinking session in the warmer months to come.
#1. J Crew Factory Brushed Twill Popover
Don’t be so quick to brush off a big-name, budget-friendly brand like J. Crew Factory — this popover provides awesome style for the price. At a surprisingly low selling point (just under $20), with a soft wash and trim fit, it’s the kind of easy-wearing shirt that scores big points in the looks department.
Buy It Now: $19.99
#2. Gitman Vintage Oxford Overdye Popover
The second entry on this list is substantially more expensive, but you’re getting a deep navy indigo popover with a slightly longer placket in a slim fit — from a reputable brand at that. This shade would work well with lightwash jeans in particular, but it would also stand up well underneath a khaki blazer.
Buy It Now: $156
#3. Boden Short-Sleeve Floral Popover
Boden brings a more classic take on the popover — the slightly relaxed fit and throwback floral print ensure that. However, the bright color combo is fun and eye-catching (they also make more subdued Dusk or Blue popovers). The price is more reasonable compared to elsewhere, too.
Buy It Now: $68
#4. J. Crew Japanese Chambray Popover
While some might confuse J. Crew and J. Crew Factory, the two brands are distinctive — and both are doing great things in their own ways. J. Crew’s version of the popover features soft Japanese cotton in a light blue chambray shade that should pair with navy, olive or khaki chinos.
Buy It Now: $88
#5. Burkman Bros. Popover
Burkman Bros., much like Gitman Vintage above, has always viewed menswear through a slightly tilted lens — quirky takes on classic staples. The popover here is no different – a neutral indigo base is amplified with a summer-appropriate wave print. The pleat in the back should keep the fit trim.
Buy It Now: $160