If there is a trend that is bowling us over this season, it’s the 50s vintage men’s bowling shirts. Purveyors of dad-inspired trends (fanny packs, ugly sneakers et al) are going to hop on board with these statement-making styles that are all about comfort dressing at its core. Bright abstract prints or a silk striped style, these camp-collared shirts can easily be paired with khakis, swimming trunks or under a dinner jacket. The short-sleeved summer staple are genderless in their appeal, it’s little wonder then that many fashion influencers are using it a beach cover-up. So whether you intend to borrow from your boyfriend’s wardrobe or add to it, here are some of our favourite homegrown labels with playful bowling shirts.
Lota Kori shirt, Rs 6,000
Sustainable fashion label aims to give a new lease to discarded fabrics with clothing made out of fabric scraps. The colourful Kori shirt is made from scraps cut out from the neck and arm area of garments at mass garment manufacturing facilities.
Doodlage Lungi boxy shirt, Rs 5,250
Another label where upcycling is at the core of design, this Doodlage shirt is cut from the handwoven lungi so intrinsic to Tamil Naidu. The selvedge of the lungi is kept as a design element in this pink checked bowling shirt with two roomy pockets at the hem.
Khanijo Animal Farm shirt, Rs 7,500
Artisanal techniques meet modern form at the hands of designer Gaurav Khanijo, and this bowling shirt is the perfect embodiment of that. Inspired by George Orwell’s classic novel, The Animal Farm with hand-embroidered animal motifs in cinnamon red linen.
Nicobar pink and red shirt, Rs 2,750
Simran Lal and Raul Rai’s minimalistic lifestyle Nicobar is an easy choice for breezy summer staples and fitting into that space is this bowling shirt. We recommend picking this red and pink dash print shirt for a special date this Valentine’s Day.
Ted Baker @ The Collective khaki printed shirt, Rs 9,850
Muted khaki tone with quirky flowers, this contemporary shirt from British label Ted Baker is a great pick for those who want to embrace the trend without going all out. The soft cotton fabric makes it a great pick for the summer months ahead.
Bohame Volos Peach shirt, Rs 2,213
Work from home dressing is all about relaxed fits and comfortable fabrics, and the Volos shirt from indie-label Bohame is the perfect fit. Pair this dreamy peach-hued cotton linen shirt with a subtle white stripe detail with slouchy pants or pyjamas for that easy look.
Six5Six Overspill Oversized Shirt, Rs 2,999
You can ‘question everything’ but not the coolness factor behind this oversized bowling shirt. The unisex Overspill shirt in beige by homegrown streetwear label Six5Six is a great conversation starter.
Biskit Milky Way Shirt, Rs 9,800
Looking for a shirt that’s truly out of this world, let us guide you toward’s Biskit’s Milky Way style. This unisex style with a floating cloud texture is hand-dyed in orbit cotton and features dual flap front pockets for that handyman look.
Huemn Missing Person Safari Shirt, Rs 11,500
The only thing missing from our wardrobe is this poplin cotton shirt from Shyma Shetty and Pranav Mishra’s label Huemn. The unique ‘missing person’ artwork is patch embroidered onto the pocket and the peach colour is just one of our favourites from this ultra-cool label.
Jaywalking Cream Bowling Shirt, Rs 5,000
Reminscenting about a traditional bowling shirt? Then this cream bowling shirt from Indian streetwear label, Jaywalking by Mumbai-born Jay Jajal is the perfect vintage throwback with its slouchy fit and logo placement.