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Mens Retro Style: What To Wear With A Bowling Shirt

Posted Meagan Kyla Hendrickson Fashion Style

Retro Mens Bowling Shirt Style

We often get asked, "What can I wear with a bowling/lounge shirt?", and one of the many wonderful things about this style is that it is extremely versatile! A bowling shirt or also known as a camp shirt or lounge shirt is, "loose, straight-cut, short-sleeved shirt or blouse with a simple placket front opening and a "camp collar" - a one-piece collar (no collar band) that can be worn open and spread or closed at the neck with a button and loop." A classic 1950s style for men, brands like Steady Clothing make this retro staple available in a variety of styles and sizes.

Okay, enough with the history lesson, onto the styling!

Lounge Shirt styled with jeans

Bowling shirts like the Black Herringbone Atomic Shirt look great paired with jeans, whether they are grey colored (pictured),dark wash denim or blue jeans. You can pair bowling shirts with converse sneakers, crepe sole shoes like creepers or slip-on Vans, mechanic's boots, etc., for a day-to-day casual outfit.

Volcano Bowl Tiki Shirt by Steady Clothing

Guys are often surprised when I suggest pairing shirts like the Volcano Bowl Tiki Shirt with shorts. Since bowling shirts are airy, light and roomy, it only makes sense to enjoy them during all seasons, which includes summertime and all it's leisure. If you're a Tikiphile or just want a change from the summer t-shirt/shorts uniform, give a bowling shirt a try! 

Bowling Lounge Shirt styled for dressy occassional

Going to an event that is not super casual nor is a shirt and tie event? A bowling shirt can be style for such an occasion! Wearing a pair of nice dress pants, like suit pants, can really 'dress up' a bowling shirt and pair it all with some nice shiny shoes and now you're channeling some Mad Men style.

Bowling lounge shirt styled dressy and unbuttoned.

Even if you're not a 'button-up' shirt sorta guy, wearing a bowling shirt unbuttoned with a t-shirt or tank top underneath looks stylish too! Bonus points if the undershirt is clean! Hahahah! Just kidding, we know you clean up nice!

So, bowling shirts are really versatile, comfortable and can be worn for many different situations. Give our bowling shirt collection a peek and be sure to check out our sizing charts to guide you on how to find your size.

*Pro tip: Bowling shirts are meant to be roomy and worn untucked, so if you're unsure about size have someone help you measure. Measure across the shoulders and around your chest just under your armpits and compare to the size chart listed under each bowling shirt we have in stock.

Take care!

-Meagan Kyla

PS-Thank you to my husband Derek Hendrickson for being my model!

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